Mexico’s Military Surveillance Sparks Concerns of a “Militarized State”

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Documents reveal that Mexico’s military monitored a human rights activist and journalists who were investigating allegations of soldiers shooting innocent people, demonstrating that the military unlawfully employed surveillance technologies against non-military personnel.

For years, the government has been mired in a scandal involving the use of advanced spyware against individuals who challenge Mexico’s leadership, the New York Times reported.

However, surveillance specialists claim that this is the initial instance in which a documentary record has surfaced to definitively demonstrate that the Mexican military illegally spied on civilians who were attempting to uncover its unlawful acts, DNYUZ reports.

According to records and interviews, the surveillance that besmirched the previous administration has persisted under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who had promised that his government would not partake in such spying, which he referred to as “unlawful” and “immoral.”

According to legal specialists, Mexico’s military is not permitted to engage in civilian surveillance; however, the military has long utilized surveillance technology and has grown increasingly influential under the administration of Mr. López Obrador.

Written by staff