Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Release of 2004 Republican Convention Documents Ordered

It is hard to imagine, but litigation stemming from claims by protesters arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention is ongoing.  A federal judge has just ordered the release of 2,000 pages of documents relating to pre-convention surveillance. 

The NYPD engaged in a substantial covert surveillance operation during the 18 months leading up to the convention.  Some of the surveillance activity took place overseas.  Pre-event surveillance has become a common "militarization" tactic in recent years, particularly since the September 11, 2001 attacks.     

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