ICYMI #17: Mike Katz-Lacabe – The Center for Human Rights & Privacy
Sam interviews Mike Katz-Lacabe who has been requesting documentation from law enforcement agencies across the United States to determine which possess surveillance gear. Mike and his wife established The Center for Human Rights and Privacy, the website of which includes a regularly updated blog covering their work.
These significant contributions made towards transparency and public awareness of government surveillance – specifically cell-site simulators and license plate readers – has informed journalists and activists around the nation. The documents provided by Mike’s efforts have lead to numerous reports and investigations including right here in Minnesota.
This interview covers a lot of ground including: the effect of secrecy on the democratic process; counter-surveillance; public records and FOIA tips, tricks and experiences; federal grants for local police to acquire surveillance tools; fusion centers and more!
Be sure to follow Mike’s work on twitter and the CeHRP blog to stay up to date on the latest news surrounding government snooping.