Documents Show Coordinating Spying on Occupy

Occupy ArrestThe US government routinely kept tabs on Occupy encampments through monitoring and coordinating surveillance, according to new government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Much of the online surveillance of peaceful activist groups was carried out through the Department of Homeland Security’s “fusion centers,” which were set up after September 11th, 2001 to analyze terrorist threats. The revelations come as members of Congress debate reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows the government to access private email content, online conversations and cell phone location data without a warrant. In Washington, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has the story.


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