We’ve written before about the FBI’s 1947 guide to investigatory techniques and their heavy reliance on period-authentic casual racism. Today, we’ll be looking at the section on surveillance under false pretenses, which manages the perfect blend between adorably dated and downright creepy.
Motel 6 collaborating with law enforcement to spy on guests may be outrageous, but it’s hardly a surprise. After it was revealed in 2015 that a location in Warwick, Rhode Island had been sharing its guest lists with local police, internal emails show the hotel chain was not especially reticent after they were caught.
Departments of Correction nationwide are considering privatized electronic monitoring as an alternative to incarceration
While a release-and-monitor system can provide relief to those awaiting trial, overcrowded prisons, and families hopeful for their their loved ones’ returns, the charges being transferred to inmates and their support networks are sometimes comparably destructive.
With a career spanning the early decades of the Bureau’s existence and a list of acquaintances that could have passed as an FBI radicals watchlist, I.F. Stone was a well-established person of interest to the federal government.
Russell Means’ FBI file offers a day-by-day account of the American Indian Movement’s occupation of Wounded Knee
Russell Means was a seminal figure in Indigenous politics for decades, rising to the rank of National Director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1970. His 178 page FBI file, however, only includes records regarding one incident Means was involved in - the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, a months-long standoff between AIM activists carrying small arms, and local and federal law enforcement packing 133,000 rounds of ammunition, armored personnel carriers, and .50 caliber machine guns.