Alarm over leaked US database targeting journalists and immigration activists: Secret database listed 59 advocates and journalists tied to the migrant caravan, according to leaked documents
The Guardian Wed 20 Mar 2019 03.00 EDT
Amanda Holpuch and Lauren Aratani
Photojournalist Ariana Drehsler was stopped for a secondary screening three separate times in one week while crossing the US-Mexico border to cover the migrant caravan in Tijuana this winter – unaware that the journey she had taken countless times before was suddenly more complicated because her name was logged in a secret government database.
That database, part of something called Operation Secure Line, listed 59 advocates and journalists tied to the migrant caravan, according to leaked documents obtained by local news station NBC 7. . . .
Activists, American Civil Liberties Union, Congressional Inquiry, Customs and Border Protection, First Amendment, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Immigration, "Instigators", Journalists, Lawyers, Mexican Border, Migrant Workers, Operation Secure Line, Organizers, Secondary Security Screening Selection, Watchlisting
Activist Post MARCH 14, 2019
Can you imagine a city in the United States secretly creating a Chinese-style public surveillance network that can identify everyone? Can you imagine that same city secretly creating a Chinese-style public watchlisting network?
Well imagine no more because it has already happened. . . .
Department of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Police, San Diego, Surveillance, Watchlisting
ACLU Statement on Report of Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates at Border
ACLU MARCH 6, 2019
NEW YORK — The U.S. government is reportedly targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers reporting on, aiding, or representing migrants at the southern border by sending them to secondary screening, monitoring their social media accounts, or creating dossiers on them. . . .
Activists, American Civil Liberties Union, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration, Journalists, Lawyers, Mexican Border, Privacy, Secondary Security Screening Selection, Surveillance, Watchlisting
Report: Government Kept Database On Journalists, ‘Instigators’A San Diego TV station accessed leaked documents, revealing the operation.
HUFFINGTON POST 03/06/2019 11:14 pm ET
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. government ran an operation to screen journalists, activists and others while investigating last year’s migrant caravan from Mexico, a San Diego TV station reported Wednesday, citing leaked documents.
Dossiers that included photos from their passports or social media accounts, date of birth and other details were kept in a database and some freelance journalists had alerts placed on their passports and were flagged for secondary screenings at customs points, the station KNSD-TV said. . . .
Activists, American Civil Liberties Union, Civil Rights, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, First Amendment, "Instigators", Journalists, Lawyers, Mexican Border, Operation Secure Line, Organizers, Secondary Security Screening Selection, Surveillance, Watchlisting
JURIST FEBRUARY 21, 2019 01:26:18 PM
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Congress on Wednesday to investigate why the US government disclosed the names and information of people on the terrorist watch list with private entities.
Until now, the US had denied that the list, developed and maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), was shared with other organizations like universities or hospitals. In a statement filed with the S District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the deputy director of the TSC, Timothy Groh, said the government had shared the list with some 1,400 other institutions with security personnel.
CAIR said the dissemination of the watch list had real consequences on innocent Muslims. . . .
Class Action Lawsuit, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Hospitals, Privacy, Terrorist Screening Center, Terrorist Watch List, Universities, Watchlisting, Watchlist Sharing
Keystone protesters tracked at border after FBI spied on 'extremists': More than 18 months after federal investigation violated internal rules, activists say they were still watchlisted at the airport, visited at home by a terrorism task force and . . .
The Guardian Mon 8 Jun 2015
An activist was placed on a US government watchlist for domestic flights after being swept up in an FBI investigation into protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, linking a breach of intelligence protocol with accounts of continued tracking that environmentalists fear could follow them for life. . . .
But before the internal violations were discovered, information on Stroot and several other activists was included in FBI files. Now, interviews with Stroot, who was held up at Chicago’s O’Hare airport six months after the investigation was closed, and other protesters indicate that they are still being monitored by law enforcement. . . .
Activists, Department of Homeland Security, "Environmental Extremists", Federal Bureau of Investigation, Guardian Threat Tracking System, Keystone XL Pipeline, Law Enforcement, Non-violent Civil Disobedience, Policy Violations, Secondary Security Screening Selection, Transportation Security Administration, Watchlisting
The Intercept July 23 2014, 2:45 p.m.
Jeremy Scahill, Ryan Devereaux
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place entire “categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted. . . . .
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