On May 20, 2013, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and DBA Press released the results of an in-depth investigation into state surveillance of First Amendment dissent. Their report, “Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street,” details how state and regional “fusion center” personnel monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement over the course of 2011 and 2012.
Based on thousands of pages of records obtained from law enforcement agencies, the report cites documents that offer concrete evidence that surveillance has become an embedded feature of everyday American life. CMD’s findings reinforce the concerns of many activists that the surveillance state has grown far beyond its purpose of protecting America from “terrorist threats,” detailing the ways in which it serves to benefit corporate interests. This is no secret. As the debate over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act earlier this year emphasized, public and private intelligence sharing is the wave of the future.
Such information sharing happens in multiple ways.