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Leslie Salgado: Surviving Political Surveillance

Leslie Salgado immigrated to the United States from Latin America as a teenager and became involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement while in college. After graduation, she traveled to Ecuador and the former Soviet Bloc countries in Eastern Europe, only to discover that her peaceful visits had marked her as a potential terrorist. Twenty-five years later, her criticism of U.S. policy toward Cuba brought new attention — an intimidating visit from FBI agents in 2005.

My Story

Terrorist. In 1980 after I had been in Ecuador for about three and a half years ... (1:07)
The FBI Pays a Visit. We were coming back from Ocean City and my son ... (1:36)
Intimidating the Dissenter. I don't think that anybody should be scared off in any way ... (0:44)


Stifling Dissent. In times of crisis, one argument is that surveillance is warranted for national security. Another is that unchecked surveillance will be used to stifle dissent. Eric Hallengren, Julian Bond, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Edith Bell, Peter Ackerman and Leslie Salgado describe how the lines get blurred between stifling dissent and protecting the nation.