Homeland Security Used a Private Intelligence Firm to Spy on Family Separation Protests

Homeland Security used a private intelligence firm based in Virginia, LookingGlass Cyber Solutions, to monitor protests in support of immigrant families’ rights.

Last summer, LookingGlass Cyber Solutions sent information to the Department of Homeland Security on more than 600 family separation protests, according to documents obtained by a FOIA request from the American Immigration Council.

The records, obtained by immigrant rights groups, show that information about the protests held June 30 were compiled for “state fusion centers.” These collaborative teams consist of federal and state law enforcement who gather, analyze and share “threat-related” information. Times of protests, locations, and links to the protests’ Facebook pages were gathered and sent to Homeland Security officials, who forwarded them to ICE officials, as well as state law enforcement.   

 

 

Photo: “Neighbors United March for Immigrant Families’ Rights” by Fibonacci Blue is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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