US surveils border activists and blocks their work, lawsuit says
ACLU alleges that government has hampered humanitarian work as it targeted organizers on a secret database
The US government has interfered with humanitarian aid work at the US-Mexico border by monitoring activists, restricting their travel and detaining them, a new lawsuit alleges.
In a complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the FBI, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleges that the US government surveilled three not-for-profit organizers, who were included in a secret US database of more than 50 activists and journalists that was leaked earlier this year. The surveillance efforts hampered the activists’ relief efforts on both sides of the border, according to the the complaint.Continue reading...