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FBI Spying on Quakers

[UN Observer]

2006-11-27 | TUCSON, Ariz. – In this age of McCarthyism and censorship, the United States Pentagon has released a new set of documents showing it spied on peace activists, Quakers and Veterans for Peace, in what is surely a modest list of the spy operations of the Pentagon.

Pointing out that counter-terrorism resources are being used to spy on regular Americans, the American Civil Liberties Union called on Congress to investigate the surveillance of political and religious groups by the Defense Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

Recent targets of the Pentagon's Threat and Local Observation Notice (TALON) were peace activists, Quakers and Veterans for Peace. The information comes from e-mails and sources.
The ACLU said that Congress has failed to investigate how the Pentagon collected the information on innocent Americans and to examine which other agencies received these reports. In addition, Congress has yet to act on the hundreds of FBI documents previously obtained by the ACLU that show widespread surveillance by Joint Terrorism Task Forces of peace activists, religious groups, environmental groups and animal rights activists.

"There is increasing evidence that the Pentagon improperly targeted innocent Americans for surveillance", said Ben Wizner, an ACLU staff attorney. "These documents send a chilling message that if you oppose the war, the military is watching you. That is simply un-American."

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