Platform for Prejudice

How the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative Invites Racial Profiling, Erodes Civil Liberties, and Undermines Security

Thomas Cincotta’s report is a comprehensive investigation of the post-9/11 “information sharing environment” among law enforcement, explaining how Suspicious Activity Reporting violates civil liberties without yielding any greater security.

Platform for Prejudice outlines the push to enlist law enforcement as intelligence officers by encouraging police to report 1st Amendment-protected activities like photography, taking notes, making diagrams, and “espousing extremist views.”  The report concludes that the Congress should hold hearings to evaluate the lawfulness and effectiveness of suspicious activity reporting and order reforms prior to nationwide implementation.

 

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