Your Neighborhood NSA; A project worth funding

Reported by The Center for Investigative Reporting  (Rebroadcast)

NOTE: Everything South City came across this interesting work being done by The Center of Investigative Reporting and their need to fund the continuance of this project on ‘Neighborhood NSA’.  As more and more ‘news’ outlets result in regurgitated sound bites, the need for true independent investigative reporting becomes more important. MORE INFO HERE

You’re being watched.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and local taxpayers, police departments across the country are collecting unprecedented amounts of information about Americans. They’re using images from bridge crossings, GPS data, facial recognition, smart video motion recognition, license-plate readers, camera networks and other technology to create or expand surveillance hubs on a citywide or regional level.

The Center for Investigative Reporting is deeply interested in the emerging technologies that could revolutionize policing – and how the public is monitored by the government.

Our team of reporters and producers – Andrew Becker, Matt Drange, Amanda Pike, G.W. Schulz and Ali Winston – will work with CIR editors to uncover this issue, from California’s Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C., and local communities. We’re experts at getting access to crucial documents and making sense of data. Our goal is to harness the power of investigative journalism to produce stories that engage the public, spark action and protect our democracy.

We’re planning a national reporting project to uncover how local police agencies and governments across the country are using surveillance technology to collect and store information on ordinary Americans.

Stories about Your Neighborhood NSA need to be told, help The Center for Investigative Reporting bring them to BEACON. With 250 backers, The Center for Investigative Reporting can provide sustainable reporting on the topic you won’t get anywhere else.


Here’s what you’ll get for subscribing:

Original, never-before-reported information on how local governments and law enforcement approach surveillance from a team of experienced reporters at CIR. This is long-form investigative journalism rich with data and graphics.

Access to exclusive online discussions with the reporters and behind-the-scenes stories.

Invitations to special screenings and events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Los Angeles Police Department’s Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division has access to 1,000 surveillance cameras. CREDIT: G.W. Schulz/CIR

Your money will be used to

Pursue public records requests and, if necessary, file legal action to uncover important documents on surveillance activities.

Fund travel to cities and towns across the country to understand how residents are being affected.

Create community engagement events where local citizens can learn about and debate the rise of surveillance.

Produce thought-provoking text, video and radio stories for CIR and our high-profile media partners.

New technologies are forcing the public and law enforcement to answer some critical questions: Can police use these new tools to solve crimes without threatening to undermine the nation’s constitutional values? Where are Americans willing to draw that line?

See our previous reporting on the issue:

About The Center for Investigative Reporting

CIR is an award-winning nonprofit, independent newsroom based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more:

Since 1977, CIR has relentlessly pursued and revealed injustices that otherwise would remain hidden from the public eye. Our stories arm the public with the facts needed to spark federal legislation, policy changes at all levels of government, public interest lawsuits, reforms in corporate practices and more. CIR investigations are at the center of news reports and community conversations.

In the past year, CIR has won an Emmy Award, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Barlett & Steele gold award, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, a George Polk Award, two Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards for multiplatform journalism and an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. CIR also was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public service.


CIR’s surveillance team includes staffers Andrew Becker, Matt Drange, Amanda Pike and G.W. Schulz and freelance correspondent Ali Winston.



1 comment for “Your Neighborhood NSA; A project worth funding

  1. Editor
    May 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    * This modern technology is being used to track, identify, and arrest those involved in child porn, check out this video

    *More on the writings by Center for Investigative Reporting

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