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    •  I wish I could give you 60 4's! (heh) (none)
      •  And "joan reports", not (none)
             "joanreports", of course
      •  Channel 11, Atlanta - says (4.00)

        the US was photographing and surveilling vegans protesting outside a HoneyBaked Ham store.  They were protesting meat eating.

        They arrested one of the vegan women because she wrote down a license plate number of the undercover guy who was assigned to them.

        Why is this legal now?  The Georgia ACLU has the government photos of the vegan FBI surveillance.

        I hope somebody can diary this.  It's relevant here before cloture.

        •  diaried here by Steven D (4.00)

          "You'd like that's all political and morose."

          by Miss Devore on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:18:33 PM PST

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        •  crazy world.. in Colorado (4.00)
          they're publishing the addresses of pit bull owners.

          When the government intrudes on privacy, it creates this atmosphere that NOTHING is private.

          Scary that the public seems to be willing to give up this essential right...

        •  Atlanta Journal Constitution article (4.00)
          published yesterday, 1/26, in the metro section, with the headline: "ACLU decries 'spying on Georgians' by feds", is behind a registration firewall. Here are the most important excerpts:

          In the name of fighting terrorism, the U.S. government and police agencies from the federal to the local level have been spying on Georgia anti-war rallies, peace and social action groups, and even a vegan protest, the state legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union charged Wednesday.

          Documents and surveillance photos obtained by the ACLU through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal a pattern of "spying on Georgians who are our friends and neighbors, and are leading lawful lives," attorney Gerald Weber said at a chilly morning news conference Wednesday outside the Georgia Homeland Security offices in downtown Atlanta.

          Officials from state and federal Homeland Security offices did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

          Weber said some of the documents involve the National Security Agency, whose surveillance program has come under fire since it was disclosed in December by NBC News. That program, approved by President Bush, allowed the agency to eavesdrop, without warrants, on communications within the United States.

          Weber said the released documents from a classified Pentagon database of suspicious people revealed that two local protests by the pacifist group Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition were monitored by federal agents last spring. The demonstrators were termed a "credible threat" in the documents. The surveillance was done at a meeting at the Piedmont Drive Quaker headquarters and at a vigil at an Atlanta Army recruiting station on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

          Other local organizations that complained of being targeted by surveillance include two other anti-war organizations, Atlanta Refuse and Resist and WAND (Women's Action for New Directions); a media watchdog group, the Atlanta Independent Media Center; and even a group of Georgians who eat only plants.

          Vegan Caitlin Childs recounted Wednesday how she was detained for close to two hours last September for writing down the license plate number of a plainclothes DeKalb Homeland Security officer taking pictures of her and five others picketing outside a HoneyBaked Ham store on Buford Highway just before Christmas 2003.

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