Why was NORTHCOM and the NGA tracking activists during the RNC?

Another score for wikileaks, which provided a leaked document about the planning for the RNC, or I should say planning for the suppression and control of dissent during the RNC, which leads to this story from the ACLU of Minnesota.  Apparently both the Pentagon’s NORTHCOM and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)were part of this planning team. A fake cellphone station was even set up to track activists, without a warrent and on the taxpayers tab.  Good to see the FBI is protecting us from all those domestic terrorists, like nuns. As we’ve seen with the arrest and harassment of reporters at the convention, those in control were very focused on the suppression of dissent, at all costs.

Of course, this ended up being pretty much irrelevant, since the implosion of the global financial system ensured that the election margin was too great for the Republicans too steal like they did in 2000 and 2004. (But it is unlike that all the evidence will surface about the 2004 Ohio theft, since those involved keep dying.) But what if that implosion hadn’t happened until after the election?

One item to note: The ACLU news release says “A number of these agencies are military based, which may directly conflict with Federal law that prohibits the military from engaging in domestic intelligence gathering.” The most important word in that sentence is may. Before the ditching of most provisions of the Posse Comitatus Act, “may” would have been “does”.

Another item: Activists will need to understand that there cell phones enable them to be tracked, and that the FBI even went to the trouble of setting up a fake cell phone station to help do this.  Your tax dollars at work! So before a big protest everyone should get together and swap cell phones.  Especially smart would be some arranged gathering at remote locations with all the cell phones of known activists.  Activists can use this information to confuse those who would supress dissent.

Revealing RNC document leaked
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2008

The American Civil Liberties Union recently came across a revealing RNC Homeland Security Document. This official document was uncovered by the website Wikileaks, which according to its website “We help you safely get the truth out”. This document outlines the planning leading up to the Republican National Convention and how security forces would be working together during the RNC. Many federal, state and local organizations were mentioned in this document, a number of which the ACLU did not know were involved. A number of these agencies are military based, which may directly conflict with Federal law that prohibits the military from engaging in domestic intelligence gathering.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), is one of the organizations that is mentioned in the report that is particular cause for concern. NGA provides mapping tools and imagery intelligence that are obtained from the United State’s military spy satellites which are controlled by the National Reconnaissance Office. In other words during the RNC, these top spying tools could have been utilized to gather intelligence on the homes of activists and media workers who were a part of the demonstrations. That information could have then been relayed to local officials.

A second agency that was involved in the planning is the Pentagon’s Northern Command, NORTHCOM. Having NORTHCOMM at the table, assisting in the planning is troubling because it could mean that the military was involved in the crowd control strategies and dealing with potential civil unrest. According to a report in Army Times, it said that an active military unit has been deployed by NORTHCOM in the United States. This deployment marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment within U.S. Borders.

Furthermore it appears that the FBI may have been using a station faking technology that would allow them to locate an individual through their cell phone. The ACLU is concerned with how this technology is used and if there was proper judicial oversight. In the USA Patriot ACT, this process for obtaining a track was made easier, and could allow for little to no judicial oversight. This tracking via cell phones could have been used during the RNC without the knowledge of even the phone companies.

“These behaviors are a radical departure from separation of civilian law enforcement and military authority, and could, quite possibly, represent a violation of law,” said Teresa Nelson, ACLU of Minnesota. The ACLU-MN will continue to investigate and will use their findings in future lawsuits against law enforcement officials

The original wikileaks document is: here.

Why was NORTHCOM and the NGA tracking activists during the RNC?

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