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Investigating Law Enforcement’s Possible Use of Surveillance Technology at Standing Rock

Stephanie Lacambra Electronic Frontier Foundation
One of the biggest protests of 2016 is still underway at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, where Water Protectors and their allies are fighting Energy Transfer Partners’ plans to drill beneath contested Treaty land to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline. EFF has been tracking the effects of its surveillance technologies on water protectors’ communications and movement.

The Relentless “Eye”: Local Surveillance

May First/People Link May First/People Link
Local Surveillance: Its impact on human rights and its relationship to national and international surveillance. Statements by grassroots organizations compiled by May First/People Link The document was initially submitted to the United Nations Rapporteur on Privacy and is now being released publicly. It is the first compilation of local organizations' statements on surveillance and a look at a strategically critical area of movement work.

Congress Did Not Pass an Anti-Surveillance Law (And Other Thoughts About the USA Freedom Act)

Kevin Gosztola firedoglake
June 2 was a day that the people won against the security state. US citizens took away the government’s control of nearly all of their domestic call records. And power was forced to act because their operation of a program and the operations of a secret surveillance court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, were no longer seen as legitimate. The extent of the victory, however, probably ends there.

Billion Dollar Surveillance Blimp to Launch over Maryland

Dan Froomkin The//Intercept
Talk to blimp experts, and they’ll tell you what blimps are good for. “They’re wonderful for staring at things,” says Ed Herlik, a former Air Force officer and technology analyst with a particular interest in airships. “That’s what the Israelis use them for.”

Some Facts About How NSA Stories Are Reported

Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
If you want to argue that Snowden bears some responsibility as the leaker, go ahead. But don’t mislead people about who made the choice that this information ought to be published. It was the New York Times – not Snowden – that concluded that the public should know about the NSA’s hacking of Huawei, just as it was the Washington Post and not Snowden who decided to publish virtually all of the stories about which Fred Kaplan complained.
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