F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show

F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show
Counterterrorism agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief, newly disclosed agency records show.

But the documents, coming after the Bush administration's confirmation that President Bush had authorized some spying without warrants in fighting terrorism, prompted charges from civil rights advocates that the government had improperly blurred the line between terrorism and acts of civil disobedience and lawful protest.

One F.B.I. document indicates that agents in Indianapolis planned to conduct surveillance as part of a “Vegan Community Project.” Another document talks of the Catholic Workers group's “semi-communistic ideology.” A third indicates the bureau's interest in determining the location of a protest over llama fur planned by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Yes, PETA is really a threat to the nation. And so much for Ashcroft's alleged Christian values - the Catholic Workers group is an anti-poverty group. Maybe someone ought to send Ashcroft an annotated copy of the New Testament.

Impeachment now!


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