Ryan Devereaux+ Your Authors @rdevro reporter @theintercept — immigration. drug war. national security. Apr. 29, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

NEW: DHS used a private intelligence firm to monitor more than 600 family separation protests  https://interc.pt/2IRKmpk 

By tracking Facebook accounts and disseminating the intelligence to law enforcement fusion centers, a paid "Threat Analyst" cataloged hundreds of family separation demonstrations at schools, churches and an "old Kmart parking lot" in Wisconsin.


The concerning issue here seems to have less to do with how this company obtained this info (that seems pretty straightforward), and more to do with an opaque industry perceiving (correctly) that its law enforcement clients are interested in having it  https://theintercept.com/2019/04/29/family-separation-protests-surveillance/ 

Smart thread from a knowledgable source on why protest intel funneled to DHS by private companies is troubling — even if it's "unsolicited"

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