NEW YORK, Sep 21 (IPS) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) improperly spied on U.S. activists involved in First Amendment-protected activities and mischaracterised nonviolent civil disobedience as terrorism, which placed innocent activists on terror watch lists, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) charged Tuesday in response to a new report by the Justice Department's Inspector General.
Inspector General Glenn A. Fine undertook his investigation after a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU uncovered evidence that "the FBI was chilling political association and improperly investigating peaceful advocacy groups", the civil rights group said in a statement.
Answer by gertie41 at 7:29 PM on Sep. 22, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 4:14 PM on Sep. 22, 2010
Freedom of speech, does not mean freedom from prosecution if said speech could be viewed as threatening.
There is a lunatic who writes in the "Letters to the Editor" section of the Lehigh Valley, PA newspaper (The Express Times). His name is Dan Tilli--we call him "Silly Tilli!" LOL
Anyway, he wrote a letter printed in the "Letters" section, and was promptly visited by two Secret Service agents. The agents checked him out, realized he wasn't a threat to Bush (whom he referenced), and allowed to go about his business.
I have no problem with the FBI, CIA or Secret Service INVESTIGATING or MONITORING the "chatter" of people who may take their dissent just a wee bit too far! Besides....you all we up in arms when Bush instituted the Patriot Act, but there was nary a chirp when Obama EXTENDED it!!
Answer by LoriKeet at 4:11 PM on Sep. 22, 2010
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:16 PM on Sep. 22, 2010
Answer by gdiamante at 4:00 PM on Sep. 22, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:57 PM on Sep. 22, 2010
Answer by gertie41 at 5:05 PM on Sep. 22, 2010
Part of that America Land of the Free. Ja right.
Answer by momentofpeace at 5:31 PM on Sep. 22, 2010
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