Los Angeles has always been one of the bastions of the surveillance state, where all means, fair and foul, were used to investigate and discredit not only criminals but activists who were deemed a threat to the city’s powerful business interests.
Bombs, sex, blackmail, and — quite possibly — murder were tools in the hands of the city’s “Red Squad” and its successors, the Public Disorder Intelligence Division, the Organized Crime Intelligence Division, and the Anti-Terrorist Division.
We have written before about our own journalistic experience with these organizations, as have otherjournalists, and the record is indeed grim [see this timeline from the Anderson Valley Advertiser for more details].
While a series of lawsuits forced significant reforms in LAPD’s surveillance regime, they have been significantly undone thanks to the political expediency of the “War on Terror.”
From the Laura Flanders Show via Telesur English:
Hamid Khan: The Surveillance-Industrial…
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