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Five men suing Obama administration after falling into 'suspicious activity' file

•, RT
The lawsuit, filed by five Americans whose personal data has been entered into anti-terror databases for engaging in lawful behavior, aims to impose a "permanent injunction" on a government program that "targets First Amendment-protected activity, encourages racial and religious profiling, and violates federal law." Since 2013, over 35,000 US citizens have had their personal information stored away on terrorism databases – like the FBI's eGuardian – where they remain on file for up to 30 years. The disturbing trend of innocent Americans being ensnared in the intelligence network has its origins in the post-9/11 era when liberty-crippling legislation, like the US PATRIOT Act, turned every citizen into a potential suspect. The Government Accounting Office, in its 2013 annual report, found that all 78 DHS fusion centers can contribute or share information on the platform; 21 of the fusion centers share the data directly with the FBI. James Prigoff, a photographer from Sacramento, California, perhaps understands the hidden pitfalls of America's brave new security apparatus better than anyone.

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