Buying Water is Not a Suspicious Activity


Have you ever attended a protest? Have you ever taken a photo of a bridge or subway car? Maybe you’ve been so bold as to endanger the lives of your fellow Americans by buying a large case of bottled water?

As innocuous as these activities may seem, they are actual reasons that people around the United States have appeared in the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) database.

Disturbing new information obtained by the ACLU confirms warnings we’ve made for years that if your day-to-day life has seemed suspicious to anyone at all, there’s a chance a record of your name and the offending activity may appear in the government’s massive national database of Suspicious Activity Reports. Under the NSI and related programs, everyone – our neighbors, public employees, storekeepers, local police – are encouraged to help spy on us.