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Government surveillance news and analysis from The Nation
February 4, 2021
St. Louis Considers Spy Planes to Survey the City 18 Hours a Day
Representative Cori Bush, who represents St. Louis, warns that aerial surveillance would have dire consequences for the city.
January 22, 2021
Why Biden’s ‘Virtual’ Border Could Be Worse Than Trump’s Wall
Advanced surveillance tech on the border poses dangers to both migrants and citizens.
Felipe de la Hoz
October 28, 2020
A Former White House Adviser Was Involved in DHS’s Response to Portland Protests
Formerly a Middle East adviser to Mike Pence, the official played a central role in DHS’s Portland operation.
September 25, 2020
Senator Wyden Presses the DHS on ‘Unconstitutional’ Surveillance
The Oregon senator asked for confirmation of
’s reporting on the tapping of protesters’ phones in Portland.
August 28, 2020
US Law Enforcement’s Warrior Complex Is on Full Display in the Streets—and in Leaked Documents
Hacked documents from the early weeks of the ongoing protest movement illustrate one of Black Lives Matter’s central observations: Policing in the United States functions as a military occupation.
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July 17, 2020
The Border Patrol Was Responsible for an Arrest in Portland
An internal memo, obtained exclusively by
, details a coordinated program of domestic counterinsurgency.
June 17, 2020
How Bill Barr Became Trump’s Generalissimo
The mastermind of the D.C. crackdown has a long history of working for the surveillance state.
April 10, 2020
Exclusive: Inside Trump’s Failed Plan to Surveil the Canadian Border
A leaked memo shows Customs and Border Protection requested millions of dollars to monitor the movements of Canadian citizens.
April 10, 2020
Cambridge Analytica Showed Us the Dangers of ‘Academic Commercialism’
What happens to ethics when universities rush to monetize their work?
November 8, 2019
The Berlin Wall Kept People In. Our New Walls Keep People Out.
Walls have made a comeback—but like in Berlin, their effectiveness hinges on mass surveillance.