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

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  •  Great post. Diabolical administration. (4.00)
    Reading the excerpts from the WP article explained a lot. The rationale for going to all this trouble to do warrantless COINPRO has to be some political advantage for them. I never thought I'd live through this again. During Watergate and Vietnam we thought it could not ever be as bad or worse than that, but it just shows how when people do not learn from history....and we know W has not ever learned much---except how to be BAD.

    Reading here that they have given intell on innocent Americans to people beyond the federal government is bizarre. With whom are they sharing the information? Are they giving it to the Repub party? State officials? Corporate interests? Are they selling the info? What could they possibly do with it outside government use? Somone mentioned possible blackmail but I think there is some more systematic use of it, and of the 10,000 letters, and unknown number of communications intercepts probably most of them are "innocents" that they should have destroyed but "shared." Isn't that a nice term for something so evil?

    •  Think corporations... (none)
      I am willing to bet the gov. already has a list of little old people who try to buy prescription drugs outside the USA. Wanta bet?

      "That story isn't worth the paper it's rotten on."--Dorothy Parker

      by martyc35 on Sun Dec 18, 2005 at 10:24:08 PM PST

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    •  Beyond the federal government (none)
      Beyond the federal government?!?

      Does this mean they share the identities, activities, and beliefs of Americans who have been accused of no crimes with foreign governments? Will peaceful advocates for a free Palestine in the US have their identities and communications passed on to the Israeli government? Will people working for a free Tibet, an independent Taiwan, or religious freedoms inside of China have their identities and communications passed on to the Chinese government?

      While clearly immoral and illegal, I can't see sharing this information with Republican party officials as really capable of doing anyone any harm. But if this information is shared with foreign governments, then our safety and security is truly in question.

      "But our disappointment must be overcome by our love of country" -- Al Gore

      by PhiloTBG on Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 09:11:36 AM PST

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