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LA Officials – Ignorance (or not) of Process

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LA Officials – Ignorance (or not) of Process

It’s been over six months since the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission (HRC) passed a motion calling for hearings and/or forums on LAPD’s Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) initiative: Special Order 1 and the iWATCH “See Something, Say Something” Program.

The Coalition has demanded that the HRC hold formal hearings rather than forums.  We want the LAPD to be subpoenaed and testify under oath.  The HRC, in passing its motion, neglected to adequately research their authority to hold hearings. Over the last month, the Coalition has attempted to get clarification from the Los Angeles City Attorney for the official language on HRC’s powers to hold hearings. So far, no clarification has been issued from the City Attorney.  Why is the City Attorney failing to take this seriously?  How can a city agency fail to understand its own scope and limitations?  We demand answers from City Attorney Mike Feuer!

Stop LAPD Spying In the Media:

– The Los Angeles Sentinel, one of the largest distributed community newspapers in LA, for the fourth time, highlighted the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition’s campaign to rescind Special Order 1 and the  iWATCH “See Something, Say Something” Program.  Read More Here

– The White House Counsel’s office recently released a report outlining concerns over “Big Data.” Companies and government agencies are collecting massive amounts of personal data with little accountability and oversight.

– Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director and Google executives suggest a far cozier working relationship between some tech firms and the U.S. government.

– This week, an NSA reform bill passed a key committee in the House of Representatives. Stay tuned on the coalition’s analysis of these reform bills.

– Here are seven ways local police use mass surveillance tools against us!

Will We Sleep Or Will We Fight!??!