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  •  I.G. for Justice dept. faults FBI investigations (10+ / 0-)

    of activists.

    http://www.propublica.org/...

    The FBI in recent years opened investigations into some U.S. activists with little basis, unjustifiably extended the duration of the probes, improperly retained information about activist groups in its files, and classified its investigations of "nonviolent civil disobedience" as investigations into "acts of terrorism," according to a report released today [1] (PDF) by the Justice Department’s Inspector General.

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    The report by the Justice Department watchdog didn’t find that the FBI  targeted these groups on the basis of their free speech activities — which would be a serious violation [2]  of FBI guidelines — but did fault the agency for other reasons, most notably a "factually weak" basis for opening investigations.

    "FBI agents and supervisors sometimes provided the [Office of the Inspector General] with speculative, after-the-fact rationalizations for their prior decisions to open investigations that we did not find persuasive," the report said.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 06:50:28 PM PDT

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