Wyden releases reports on DHS surveillance and interrogation of Portland protesters

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On Oct. 27, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released an April 20, 2021 Office of Intelligence and Analysis report, detailing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) surveillance and interrogation of protesters. of Portland in 2020, and a review of the activities of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis by the DHS General Counsel Office.

The reports, with newly revised redactions, revealed proposed plans by DHS officials to create records — known as operational background reports — on every person who attended the 2020 protests in Portland, and that the DHS created records of protesters who were arrested but asked “no”. threat to internal security. Records created would have included lists of the subject’s friends and family, travel history, social media, and “other documents unrelated to securing federal property or homeland security.”

The reports also detailed a senior DHS official who was “obsessed with calling protesters ‘Violent Antifa Anarchist Inspired,’ without any evidence,” according to Wyden. Additionally, the reports identify “gaps” related to open source intelligence gathering operations and the command and control structure used during the Portland protests.

You can read the revised reports here or below:

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