MOA Surveillance of BlackLivesMatter Makes National Press

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By JT Haines, March 18, 2015

We Minnesotans have made national news, and not in the good way.

First Look’s The Intercept has picked up a recent discovery (h/t FOIA colleague Tony Webster) that Mall of America security used a fake facebook account to spy on good people in Minnesota — at least one of whom, Lena Gardner, is a personal friend of mine (who I first met in 2010 on a John Marty campaign). Another, Nekima Levy-Pounds, is a law professor at University of Saint Thomas and respected local civil rights lawyer.

The Intercept’s article describes “catfishing” of movement organizers, whereby a Mall of America “Intelligence Analyst” befriended activists including Gardner and Levy-Pounds, and “liked” the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis Facebook Page, for surveillance purposes. The Intercept reports that the fake account was removed after TI contacted MOA.

Newspeak Review joins the calls for the City of Bloomington to ‪#‎DroptheCharges‬ and for citizens to ‪#‎BoycottMOA (at least) until it does so‬. This behavior by the Mall is wrong, as are the charges by the City of Bloomington. Let’s trust the people we know, and speak together. For more information on this important development in Minnesota, you can follow Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.

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