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
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."