Real Answers Demanded After Barr Dodges on Government Authority to Aim ‘Intrusive Surveillance Tools’ at Protesters

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29.07.2020 – US, United States-Common Dreams

Real Answers Demanded After Barr Dodges on Government Authority to Aim ‘Intrusive Surveillance Tools’ at Protesters
Attorney General Bill Barr testifies during a House hearing today. (Image by C-SPAN)

“The public needs to know whether Attorney General Barr thinks President Trump can conduct mass surveillance of protesters without congressional authorization.”

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer – Common Dreams

An exchange about government spying powers between Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Attorney General William Barr during a Tuesday House Judiciary Committeehearingprompted calls for an immediate explanation from the Trump administration about the legal basis for using advanced surveillance techniques on protesters nationwide.

Lofgren, a California Democrat,explainedin a series of tweets that she asked Barr to detail under what authority the U.S. government can use “intrusive surveillance tools” against protesters. Barr, Lofgren said, declined to give a “real answer.”

The congresswoman specifically asked about the potential deployment of cell-site simulators, facial recognition, and sweeping surveillance of internet…

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