• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Homeland Security agents authorized to do domestic surveillance as part of monument protection job

You might not imagine that the U.S. intelligence community would have much stake in local protests over monuments and statues. You’d be wrong.

A document provided to Lawfare on July 19 from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) describes personnel as “collecting and reporting on various activities in the context of elevated threats targeting monuments, memorials, and statues”—and it gives legal guidance concerning the “expanded intelligence activities necessary to mitigate the significant threat to homeland security” posed by such activities.

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