Category Archives: FBI

“An Electronic Archipelago of Domestic Surveillance”

Hina Shamsi and Mark Harwood report, over at TomDispatch, on the various domestic watchlists that the U.S. government uses to keep track of “suspicious” persons, including the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (SAR program). They reveal a growing and Kafkaesque … Continue reading

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The NSA’s Project SHAMROCK

This article covers an important historical precursor to contemporary NSA surveillance: Project SHAMROCK, the name for the NSA’s interception of telegrams passing over US soil between 1945 and 1975. Three telegraph companies handed over tapes of their telegram data to the … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War roots to U.S. police militarization: Bringing the Electronic Battlefield Home

This post is part of an ongoing book project, The Predator Empire, due to be published by the University of Minnesota Press. Archival material from the late 1960s and early 1970s was kindly donated to me by U.S. writer Paul … Continue reading

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Article on FBI drones

The FBI has had an eager eye on surveillance drones since first experimenting with remote control airplanes in 1995. But budget cuts nearly ended the Bureau’s unmanned machinations in 2010, and it took a dedicated push aimed at making drones … Continue reading

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The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) facial regonition database

With “big data” comes big responsibility. Expansive security-surveillance networks are now resonating together on an unprecedented scale, and so much of this growth has taken place without any serious consideration of whether we are making a safer, more peaceful planet … Continue reading

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