San Francisco P.D. Severs Partnership with Feds Over Lax Surveillance Guidelines

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jun. 8, 2017) – In February, the San Francisco Police Department suspended its participation with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), a local/federal partnership that engages in broad-based surveillance in the name of national security.

According to the FBI, JTTFs operate in more that 100 cities across the U.S. They “chase down leads, gather evidence, make arrests, provide security for special events, conduct training, collect and share intelligence, and respond to threats and incidents at a moment’s notice.” A big part of these task forces’ work involves investigating people “suspected” of terrorism.The primary reason the SFPD ultimately withdrew from the San Francisco JTTF was due to widespread surveillance based on the flimsiest of standards that goes on during these joint task force investigations.

The effort to extricate the San Francisco P.D. from the JTTF began in 2010 when The Coalition for ...

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