1. After 9/11, the government began encouraging local police, private security and everyday Americans to report so-called "suspicious activity" that may indicate a security threat. Taking photos of landmarks, walking "nervously" and writing in a notebook are all activities that have led to people being stopped and questioned. Could you be next?

    Directed and produced by Carrie Ching
    Reporting and research by G.W. Schulz, Andrew Becker, Tia Ghose, Daniel Zwerdling, Margot Williams
    Illustration and animation by Arthur Jones
    Music by Lukasz Stasinski and Erik Haddad

    Learn more at americaswarwithin.org

    Have you been stopped for engaging in "suspicious" activity? The Center for Investigative Reporting wants to hear from you: publicinsightnetwork.org/form/center-for-investigative-reporting/1efa0f1f3447/homeland-security

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  2. Learn about fusion centers, intelligence-sharing offices run by the Department of Homeland Security.

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  5. NPR's Daniel Zwerdling interviews Dale Watson, a former FBI
    counterterrorism assistant director, who questions the value of
    collecting suspicious activity reports. "What value does it add in the long run? More dots - more dots that you can't connect anyway. ... The more data you put into a system, the more the probability it can get clogged up."

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