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Photographers beware! Big Brother is watching you

November 27, 2013
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The next time you want to take a photograph in public, take pause, for that snapshot may land your personal information in federal counter-terrorism databases for the next 30 years. Photographers, both amateur and professional, as well as tourists, artists, college students, contractors, engineers, journalists, activists and others, have been secretly reported to the...
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Community meeting focuses on combating domestic surveillance

November 18, 2013
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Few talking points have proven defter at placating the current political gridlock than the recent revelations surrounding the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance tactics. This point was again in evidence at the “LA vs. NSA – How to Push Back Against Warrantless Spying,” community meeting at the Huntington Center at St. Sophia Cathedral last...
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Homeless advocates fear City Hall is gunning for food charities again

November 3, 2013
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Homeless advocates gathered to support a food line and mobile health clinic in Hollywood Wednesday, Oct. 30, fearing the charity may be under threat of being shut down by city officials. The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition and the UCLA Mobile Clinic are experiencing increasing pressure from the city to move from the location...
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Prison officials connecting inmate literature to terrorism

October 30, 2013
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California prison authorities are reporting on inmates to the FBI for possessing political, religious and other literature they deem radical, according to a document obtained by the ACLU of Northern California. As a result of such reporting, the inmates’ personal information are often placed in national counter-terrorism databases. The reports, which are coming from...
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LAPD’s secret reporting on non-criminal behavior to get public airing

October 14, 2013
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Los Angeles’ Human Relations Commission voted Thursday, Oct. 10, to hold public hearings or forums that would address the police department’s secret reporting on non-criminal behavior. The commission’s support marks a change in luck for the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, which has had difficulty gaining serious attention from the LAPD and the police commission....
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Living with love in a cage

July 18, 2013
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Karen Modjeski sits in her bus seat looking out the window. The sun is setting, giving the atmosphere outside a golden color. Her long earrings sway to the convulsions of the bus. Many of the people she rides with, activists from Los Angeles, are sleeping. They had traveled to Corcoran State Prison to march...
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Pro-Fourth Amendment demonstrators seek to curtail domestic surveillance

July 6, 2013
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Fourth Amendment advocates marched through downtown Los Angeles on July 4 demanding the government reign in its ubiquitous domestic surveillance. Organized by Restore the Fourth, the action is part of a national movement that began in the wake of leaked top secret documents that revealed the NSA to be collecting vast amounts of Internet...
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Spying, gentrification and the Google connection

June 20, 2013
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With the recent revelations about the NSA’s domestic spying programs, Google has caught the attention of local activists for its role in the collection and sharing of personal information with the spy agency. At a June 15 news conference held in front of Google’s offices in Venice, activists cast a wide net of seemingly...
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Does LAPD’s reporting on our ‘suspicious behavior’ protect us from terrorism?

April 1, 2013
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Nearly every day Los Angles police file reports on someone for their simply being suspicious. Suspicious of what, however, is unclear. It is part of the Los Angeles Police Department’s suspicious activity reporting program, which is touted as a first line of defense against possible terrorist attacks. Though law enforcement praises the reporting system,...
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Report challenges gang database

December 15, 2012
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Transparency and accountability are lacking in California’s gang member database, according to a recent report written by the Youth Justice Coalition. The report, called “Tracked and Trapped,” outlines a system of secret surveillance that targets alleged gang members, many of whom have not been arrested or accused of a crime. Some in the database...
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