Thursday, March 23, 2006

FBI Spying on Anti-War Protesters Everywhere

Time: A Federal Eye on the Raging Grannies?
The ACLU wants to know why the FBI is monitoring non-violent antiwar groups

The Raging Grannies, an organization of aging activists whose chapters across the U.S. and Canada used sit-ins, songs and satire to protest the war, might not seem like the most obvious target for government surveillance. But the ACLU of Washington State filed a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests early Tuesday that demanded more information from the FBI and Department of Defense about what the ACLU claims is overreaching government surveillance of this group and 10 other non-violent political organizations in Washington State...(more)

OMG, Raging Grannies!

I can't believe they're spying on Raging Fucking Grannies!

They're spying on Raging Fucking Grannies!?!

Boston Globe: The Politics of Pacifism Meets FBI Monitoring

Over the last four years, the FBI has repeatedly spied on the Thomas Merton Center, a Catholic peace organization in Pittsburgh. The American Civil Liberties Union made the case public last week, with documentation. One 2002 FBI memo defined the center as ''a left-wing organization advocating, among many political causes, pacifism." Oh my. I confess that I felt a little light-headed on reading this news; déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say. (...)

To a government enthralled with the power of violent force, any dissent can seem like pacifism, but when the word is slung to discredit reasoned objections as wild-eyed idealism that would leave terrorists unchecked, it does not stick.

In the distant past, groups had to be associated with communism to become targets of the national security apparatus, but in the Vietnam era it became enough merely to ask questions about an obviously immoral war. Déjà vu indeed.

The FBI is once more serving an invaluable function with its inept display of the shallow paranoia that sees enemies everywhere, a clear manifestation of the mental unbalance driving the entire enterprise of the United States government
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Christian Science Monitor: FBI, police spying is rising, groups allege
The ACLU has filed Freedom of Information requests for more than 150 groups and individuals.
Political activists from New York to Colorado to California report that they believe police and FBI surveillance of their activities has increased markedly since the terror attacks 4-1/2 years ago since Congress approved the USA Patriot Act loosening some of the strictures on law enforcement. They include environmental groups like Time's UP!, peace activists in Pittsburgh, and even a police union protesting for higher wages in New York City.
To try to find out if law officers are spying on them, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed Freedom of Information requests for more than 150 groups and individuals in more than 20 states who believe their first amendment rights are being violated
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Ok this is frickin rediculous. We must have "the right of the people peaceably to assemble" without the fear that our government is going to monitor us, take pictures of us, and create files on us. If they will do this are we to believe they aren't wiretapping us too? This administration really has have foresaken the core principles that this nation was founded on, not to mention this is an outrageous waste of our tax dollars and FBI manpower. If this is not the outrageous abuse of unchecked power and complete waste of money and FBI manpower I say it is, answer me this. How many anti-war protesters have been arrested and found guilty of the terror related charges that might justify this program? It's been 4 1/2 years since 9-11. How fucking many?

If it's none, or even just a few on petty charges, then every single person in this administration who signed off on it and any FBI agent who would take part in this program without whistleblowing every last detail they know about it to the media or the ACLU is a goddamned traitor to this country.

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