ACLU publishes government snoops' "Suspicious Activity Reports"

Matthew says: "The ACLU has released Suspicious Activity Report summaries obtained from California fusion centers (post-9/11 intergovernmental surveillance hubs) and is asking the Justice Department, the FBI, and two other agencies to adopt stricter standards so that individuals' innocent activity will cease being reported, shared and maintained in anti-terrorism databases.

"Here are some examples of real Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs):

"Suspicious ME [Middle Eastern] Males Buy Several Large Pallets of Water"

"I was called out to the above address regarding a male who was taking photographs of the [name of facility blacked out] [in Commerce, California]. The male stated, he is an artist and enjoys photographing building[s] in industrial areas … [and] stated he is a professor at San Diego State private college, and takes the photos for his art class."

A sergeant from the Elk Grove Police Department reported "on a suspicious individual in his neighborhood"; the sergeant had "long been concerned about a residence in his neighborhood occupied by a Middle Eastern male adult physician who is very unfriendly"

"Demonstration Against Law Enforcement Use of Excessive Force": "Reporting party received an e-mail that describes a scheduled protest by an unknown number of individuals on July 7, 2012. The information indicates the protestors are concerned about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers."

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  1. “Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having
    done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” ― Franz Kafka, The Trial

  2. Would very much love to know more about those. I suspect, for example, that the Middle Eastern doctor found his police officer neighbour to be rude and overly nosy.

  3. IMB says:

    God forbid you're fucking unfriendly. It is dangerous to be introverted, shy or to mind your own business. Now we have to pass personality tests too? Why don't they just replace all of the citizenry with empty-smiled Stepford wives and then we can all move past this.

    Also this:

    "Demonstration Against Law Enforcement Use of Excessive Force":
    "Reporting party received an e-mail that describes a scheduled protest
    by an unknown number of individuals on July 7, 2012. The information
    indicates the protestors are concerned about the use of excessive
    force by law enforcement officers."

    I can't even....

    Thank you ACLU.

  4. Fearing police beating is an indication that the police might need to beat you. Clearly.

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