26 Oct US Government Surveillance Will Now Include “Homegrown Violent Extremists”
Washington, USA – Reuters revealed earlier this week that the US government is widening its scope of surveillance to include “homegrown violent extremists”, to the alarm of several privacy and civil liberties groups.
According to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) training slides which were obtained by the Human Rights Watch, information on Americans can now be collected by authorities for counterintelligence purposes, even if no connection to foreign terrorists has been established.
Incidents such as the San Bernardino shooting, and the Orlando nightclub shooting would fall under the category.
HRW’s Sarah St. Vincent said that what happens in these intelligence investigations takes place “under a cloak of darkness”, and citizens would have never known about the changes had the documents not been brought to light.