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Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson

Perhaps if DHS were more focused on the right wing extremists they warned us about, instead of investigating peaceful protesters practicing their First Amendment rights, we wouldn't be seeing so many right wing terrorist attacks on innocent American citizens.

The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.

They also show the department watching over gatherings that seem benign and even mundane. For example, DHS circulated information on a nationwide series of silent vigils and a DHS-funded agency planned to monitor a funk music parade and a walk to end breast cancer in the nation’s capital.

The tracking of domestic protest groups and peaceful gatherings raises questions over whether DHS is chilling the exercise of First Amendment rights, and over whether the department, created in large part to combat terrorism, has allowed its mission to creep beyond the bounds of useful security activities as its annual budget has grown beyond $60 billion.


Bernie at La Raza: Standing Ovations, Bernie Chants w/Video

Hundreds of people are packing into a Kansas City ballroom and standing along the walls for a @SenSanders event. pic.twitter.com/tOUe4QerZl
Justin Wingerter (@JustinWingerter) July 13, 2015

Justin Wingerter writing for the Topeka Capital Journal covered Bernie Sanders talk this morning to The National Council of La Raza, the nations largest Hispanic organization.

Bernie spoke to a standing room only crowd who started a Bernie chant about 5 minutes into speech, after Bernie had already quoted MLK and The Pope.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Societal ills such as income inequality and youth unemployment adversely harm the Hispanic community, Sen. Bernie Sander, I-Vt., told a crowd at a Hispanic conference Monday morning.

About 250 people crowded into a small ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center to hear Sanders speak as part of the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference. An hour before the event, a line wound through the halls of the convention center as conference goers clamored for an opportunity to see the progressive candidate.

Bernie talked about being the son of an immigrant and how immigrants prioritize a better future for their children.

Sanders called for comprehensive immigration reform, free tuition at all public universities, affordable child care and a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Sanders, who has pledged not to accept campaign donations from super PACS, said the U.S. Supreme Court’s “disastrous” ruling on Citizens United should be overturned.

Standing ovation and chants of "Bernie" as he walks off the stage.

Daily Kos

The Federal judge in Alabama marriage cases orders all magistrate judges to immediately comply with

her orders, and the SCOTUS decision. Can we now see Judge Roy Moore's tantrum on live TV?

The SPLC doesn't have the order on their website yet so will post link to their Facebook entry:

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