Lawmakers: Did DHS Surveil Portland Protesters’ Phones?

NextGov: Following reports the Homeland Security Department, potentially along with other federal agencies, conducted electronic surveillance of protesters’ cellphones in Portland, a group of Oregon lawmakers is demanding answers from the agency’s top official.

Oregon Democrats Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici wrote to Chad Wolf, the embattled acting DHS secretary, Thursday. The letter asked four questions based on a report by The Nation’s Ken Klippenstein alleging DHS and potentially other federal agencies tapped Portland protesters’ phones.

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