VIDEO: Surveillance, Secrecy, and Government Accountability

Last month, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer participated in a panel convened by Open Society Foundations in New York City entitled National Security Secrecy and Surveillance: Defending the Public’s Right to Know
 
The conversation, which was moderated by secrecy expert Steven Aftergood, a Senior Research Analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, focused on the high level of secrecy and minimal oversight which currently surrounds many national security operations. Topics discussed ranged from government surveillance of Americans’ international communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to the U.S. government’s targeted killing program.
 
In addition to Jameel, panelists included: National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake; Department of Justice whistleblower Jesselyn Radack, who now serves as National Security & Human Rights Director at the Government Accountability Project; and Tim Shorrock, an investigative journalist and the author of Spies For Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.
 
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 The event is also available to watch in full on OSF’s website.
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Anonymous

What I'd like to know is how to stop Police from using satellite to spy on people in their homes and on their jobs, by spreading rumors by word of mouth. Using peoples personal conversations that they hear to decide that they don't like what the person has said, and then setting up ways to harass the person. Also having bill collectors call that person to harass them. They also go through the school of that persons child, to make trouble for that child because they don't like the parent. Is this something that the ACLU get involved in and can you fight for that family if they've been lied on continuously and constantly harassed this way?

Anonymous

What I'd like to know is how to stop Police from using satellite to spy on people in their homes and on their jobs, by spreading rumors by word of mouth. Using peoples personal conversations that they hear to decide that they don't like what the person has said, and then setting up ways to harass the person. Also having bill collectors call that person to harass them. They also go through the school of that persons child, to make trouble for that child because they don't like the parent. Is this something that the ACLU get involved in and can you fight for that family if they've been lied on continuously and constantly harassed this way?

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