American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel and former FBI agent Mike German sat down with Reason.tv to discuss the expansion of surveillance programs since 9/11, noting the government and law enforcement agencies had become obsessed with collecting data.
“We’ve moved away from surveillance based on individualized suspicion, the Fourth Amendment standard of probable cause and a warrant has basically evaporated,” German said. “And the government can now collect information about people it doesn’t even suspect of wrongdoing.”
“A lot of police departments, from all levels of government, federal, state and local, have combined their intelligence collection efforts, and have actually set up facilities called fusion centers. And the problem with these centers is it is very unclear who is in charge, when you have the FBI sitting next to a Department of Homeland Security agent sitting next to a state police officer sitting next to a local police officer. Because there are non-law enforcement agencies working in these centers — military, private companies — their authority to conduct domestic law enforcement intelligence gathering is quite questionable.”
“The government has no right to pick through your private information just because that’s technologically possible,” German added. “The laws are now so lax that they can.”
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Ocasio-Cortez blasts her NYC mayor for ‘making excuses’ for NYPD violence against protesters
The youngest woman ever elected to Congress ripped her city's mayor on Saturday for "making excuses" for New York Police Department actions.
In videos that circulated widely on social media, NYPD cruisers can be seen driving into pedestrian protesters.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted New York City Mayor de Blasio for defending the NYPD.
On Twitter, she told the mayor, "your comments tonight were unacceptable."
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Video reportedly taken from the Wittier neighborhood of Minneapolis on Saturday shows authorities shooting projectiles upon people filming them from a front porch.
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Yet a video posted on Twitter shows a Minnesota National Guard humvee rolling down residential streets, followed by a group of police.
"Look at this, they just keep coming," a woman is heard saying as the camera shows the police.
"Go inside. Get inside," the police shouted.
‘They just fired on us’: Horrifying videos of cops ‘using journalists for target practice’ in Minneapolis
Journalists covering the protests in Minneapolis reported on being targeted by police on Saturday.
Multiple reports -- including live coverage on CNN -- showed police firing rubber bullets at journalists.
It’s open season on the media for the cops in Minneapolis. Evil. https://t.co/ZR3Nnf9ofH
— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) May 31, 2020