Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in federal detention facilities and at legal ports of entry will be affected, including children. Advocates fear this type of mass collection will unduly criminalize an already vulnerable group.
“Acting with great principle in this time is not just a matter of moral high ground but also a matter of personal safety,” says surveillance reform expert Malkia Cyril. “What we need to not do is be paranoid. What overcomes paranoia is principles.”
Civil rights attorney Lauren Regan: “The idea that the government would attempt to construe this indigenous-led nonviolent movement into some kind of domestic terrorism investigation is unfathomable to me.”
The Intercept published data from classified FBI documents that it says shows White supremacists are embedded in police departments across the nation and that the Bureau continues to profile suspects based on race and religion.
The federal civil rights investigation into Garner’s killing by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was apparently slowed down by disputes between FBI investigators and Justice Department prosecutors over whether or not to bring charges against the involved officers.
Color Of Change’s Brandi Collins “It is clear the Department of Homeland Security and FBI are continuing their disturbing legacy of employing secretive surveillance tactics with murky legal parameters to chill The Movement for Black Lives.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch: “Today’s announcement is an important step in our ongoing efforts to promote fairness, eliminate bias and build the stronger, safer, more just society that all Americans deserve.”