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Have you been stopped for engaging in "suspicious" activity?
The federal government has made concerted efforts since 9/11 to gather intelligence related to terrorism. Since Janet Napolitano took over as homeland security secretary, local police, private security and everyday Americans have been encouraged to report any activity they consider suspicious.
But discerning meaningful tips from merely suspicious or paranoid reports is sometimes more an art than a science. Federal officials eventually came up with this definition of suspicious activity: "Observed behavior reasonably indicative of pre-operational planning related to terrorism or other criminal activity."
When in California, have you been stopped and questioned for engaging in suspicious activity that did not seem to break any known rules or laws? You could have been taking notes, snapping photographs or shooting a home video. Perhaps you were at a ballgame, Disneyland or the Golden Gate Bridge. Watch this Center for Investigative Reporting video below to see what may happen when people are stopped.
California Watch reporters Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz are looking to hear from those who have experienced brushes with law enforcement or security personnel or have otherwise bumped up against the nation's increased security measures in a way they didn't imagine possible. Share your insights with us and help inform our homeland security reporting. Everything you share within the Public Insight Network is confidential unless you give us explicit permission to publish it.
If you want to alert us to issues in your community without waiting for us to contact you, text CAWATCH to 30644.
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