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Why the government’s monitoring of the Black Lives Matter movement should come as no surprise

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The Department of Homeland Security has been closely monitoring the activities of the Black Lives Matter movement—news that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the U.S. government’s history of spying on civil rights groups and other activist collectives.

The Intercept‘s George Joseph reported on Friday that the DHS has been assiduously tracking Black Lives Matter activists ever since Michael Brown’s killing sparked major protests a year ago. In detailing the Department’s methods, Joseph writes:

[T]he department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.

Some documents obtained by Joseph even show minute-by-minute surveillance of various marches.

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