Apr 07 2014
If you see something, say something,” is a phrase which the Department of Homeland Security has made a sort of paranoid catchphrase of our post-9/11 era. While world outcry over NSA surveillance has led to parliamentary hearings in Germany, American citizens across the nation are still subject to spying by their own police departments through so-called ‘fusion centers.’
In Los Angeles, the LAPD, under the authority of ‘Special Order 1’ engages in Suspicious Activity Reporting or SARS which often target Muslims and other immigrants, LGBTQ, and working class communities using arbitrary “observed behavior” in the hopes of preventing terrorist plots. Yet, a 2012 Senate report revealed that few if any plots have been prevented by fusion centers and the intelligence gathered from these centers are often unreliable. Further, according to our guest Hamid Khan, the fusion centers record activities of primarily people of color.
On Thursday April 10th there will be a community rally and demonstration at the the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Norwalk to protest the fusion centers. The event will be part of a larger national day of action taking place in cities around the country including Seattle, Chicago and Dallas against spying centers and police surveillance.
GUEST: Hamid Khan, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Visit www.stoplapdspying.org for more information.