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Report: US government secretly tracked journalists, 'instigators' covering migrant caravan


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According to a new report, U.S. government officials built a database to secretly track journalists and other individuals over their involvement with the huge migrant caravan that reached the U.S.-Mexico border last year.


What are the details?

KNSD-TV reported that it received leaked documents from an unnamed "Homeland Security source," which purportedly prove that the U.S. government was monitoring roughly 50 people linked to the incident.

The internal document, titled, "San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch: Migrant Caravan FY-2019, Suspected Organizers, Coordinators, Instigators and Media" was described by KNSD as a "target list." It contained photos of activists, attorneys, photographers and others, along with personal information about the individuals.

In some instances, the passports of involved parties were cited as being flagged. According to the outlet, at least a handful of the people tracked claim they were denied entry into Mexico after undergoing increased scrutiny by agents at the border.

The anonymous source also disclosed that the DHS built dossiers for each person on the list, saying, "We are a criminal investigation agency, we're not an intelligence agency. We can't create dossiers on people and they're creating dossiers. This is an abuse of the Border Search Authority."


No instigators allowed?

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