HOW THE US GOVERNMENT HIDES SECRET SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS

First described in government documents obtained by Reuters in 2013, parallel construction is when law enforcement originally obtains evidence through a secret surveillance program, then tries to seek it out again, via normal procedure. In essence, law enforcement creates a parallel, alternative story for how it found information. That way, it can hide surveillance techniques from public scrutiny and would-be criminals.

https://www.wired.com/story/stingray-secret-surveillance-programs/

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