SARs Now in 46 States!

Suspicious Activity Reporting Program Now in 46 States

A General Accountability Office (GAO) “Report to Congressional Requestors” published in March 2013 on the National SAR Program revealed the incredible growth of this surveillance program in the United States.  What was launched by LAPD in March 2008 has become a massive surveillance program operated by local law enforcement agencies around the country and rapidly growing. The report highlights:
  • 14,200 local law enforcement agencies in 46 states; Washington, D.C.; and 2 U.S. territories now have the capability to share SARs through the fusion centers;
  • As of November 2012, 53 federal agencies are participating in the National SAR Initiative.  Beside the usual intelligence and law enforcement agencies including DEA, FBI, DHS and others, these also include agencies that we would not think of being on the intelligence gathering front-lines, such as, National Zoological Services, US fish and Wildlife, Housing and Urban Development (HUD);
  • 290,000 line officers around the country are already trained out of the estimated800,000 line officers to be finally trained in SARs program;
  • ISE/SAR shared space (fusion centers, FBI e-Guardian etc) filings nationally increased from 3256 in January 2010 to 27,855 in October 2012, a 750% jump;
  • The FBI case management/support system – ACS and Sentinel, and the National Archives Records Administration (NARA) retains our records for 30 years even after there’s been “no nexus to terrorism” found.

While much attention is on NSA spying, what makes SARs more significant is the local nature of data collection where one doesn’t even have to be using social media and minding their own business engaging in every day ordinary activity but yet not only being surveilled AND entered into databases which now as per the GAO report, the FBI can keep your information in their database for 30 years and local law enforcement like LAPD now want to keep our record for 10 years even after there’s been no “nexus to terrorism” found.

We have to stop this assault on our basic human rights.  Join the Fight!

Have You Signed Up for a Working Group?

The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition has committed itself to a collective plan of action and ways of organizing ourselves: what we want to do, and how we’re doing it.  All of our major decisions will be made as a group at our monthly meeting, however, key functions of the coalition will be delegated to a co-ordination team and working groups – Outreach, Communications, History/Research.  For urgent matters, coalition members will be notified and invited to a conference call or urgent meeting to consult.

Next Coalition Meeting:  The coalition’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th at 6:[email protected] UCLA Labor Center at 675 S. Parkview Ave., LA 90057 – across from MacArthur Park.

Will We Sleep Or Will We Fight!?!