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ACLU of Southern California and The Progress Network, and Zócalo

September 2023

What Is the State of Surveillance?

Sep 26 • 7:00 pm PDT
ASU California Center, 1111 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
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Early this year, an uncrewed Chinese-operated high-altitude balloon floated across U.S. airspace, stoking anxiety and fascination among Americans, who assumed it was spying on them, and ultimately provoking President Biden to order the Pentagon to shoot it down. Just as alarming as foreign espionage, though, is the fear of information-gathering turned inward. American anxieties around the “surveillance state” have only grown since the Watergate scandal; with the post-9/11 passage of the USA PATRIOT Act; and with revelations that federal agencies…

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