Today is the 15th anniversary of 2003’s coordinated protest against the Iraq War. With attendance in the millions, at the time it was the “the largest protest event in human history.”
Though we don’t have any records from that particular protest, Federal Bureau of Investigation files show that later demonstrations were under heavy Bureau surveillance, such as these photos of a protest in Richmond, Virginia on July 3, 2004.
There is a chilling banality to some of these photos, taking note of details as minor as a car bearing a pro-peace bumper sticker.
We encourage you to browse the photos embedded below and reflect on how, despite all that’s changed in the past decade and a half, ever-present and nearly-unchecked government surveillance hasn’t gone anywhere.