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View Diary: Domestic Spying is NOT About Terrorism. It is About Dissent UPDATED (152 comments)

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    This was an ACLU press release from back in May of this year:

    Documents Obtained by ACLU Expose FBI and Police Targeting of Political Groups

    WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union charged today that the FBI and local police are engaging in intimidation based on political association and are improperly investigating law-abiding human rights and advocacy groups, according to documents obtained through a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

    "Since when did feeding the homeless become a terrorist activity?" asked ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson. "When the FBI and local law enforcement target groups like Food Not Bombs under the guise of fighting terrorism, many Americans who oppose government policies will be discouraged from speaking out and exercising their rights."

    The ACLU charged that the FBI is wrongfully withholding thousands of pages of documents, and today filed a lawsuit in federal court to compel the FBI to comply with the FOIA requests. The complaint seeks files kept by the FBI on the ACLU, as well as Greenpeace, United for Peace and Justice, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

    The ACLU said that the few documents received to date through the December FOIA requests shed light on the FBI's misuse of Joint Terrorism Task Forces to engage in political surveillance. In Colorado, one memo indicates an ongoing federal interest in Food Not Bombs, a group that provides free vegetarian food to hungry people and protests war and poverty.

    Reverend Raymond Payne, a United Methodist Minister from Russell, Kentucky is among the individuals seeking FBI documents. Last October, Canadian border officials interrogated Reverend Payne for more than an hour as he attempted to enter Canada for a vacation with his wife. According to Reverend Payne, the officials informed him that the interrogation was triggered because he is the subject of an FBI file. Reverend Payne has never been arrested, been charged with a crime, or even participated in a protest.

    Actually, being surveilled and having an FBI file does put you in an exclusive club (MLK, John Lennon, the Congress of Racial Equality).  And look at all the people it's employing to get the work done.  It's the President's first jobs program!

    •  and some more (none)
      A high school student in California was visited by FBI agents because, two years ago, he doodled the phrase "PLO" on a book binder.  

      A college student in Massachusetts was visited by Homesland Security agents because he requested a copy of Mao tse-tung's "The Little Red Book" from the campus library.  He was doing a research paper on, fittingly, fascism and totalitarianism, and the book was part of his research.

      •  i liked how you used the word (none)
        "fittingly" when describing the paper he was working on.  No doubt, he learned more about totalitarianism from HS than from the "Little Red Book".  But then again, bushie is the "educahion" preznit.

        explain how letting gays marry will directly affect your own heterosexual relationship?

        by bluestatesam on Sun Dec 18, 2005 at 11:54:40 PM PST

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