Domestic Political Surveillance: How Deep Is DoD Involvement?

by Patrick Eddington

“In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the nationwide protests it sparked over two years ago, among the other alarming developments that eventually came to light was the level of government surveillance of Americans protesting Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Not only was the surveillance carried out by federal, state, and local law enforcement in Minneapolis, but apparently in every state where protest activity occurred …. During the administration of President George W. Bush, the Pentagon’s Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) was caught running a de facto domestic surveillance program known as Threat and Local Observation Notice (TALON) that, among other things, monitored antiwar or other protests.” (07/28/22)