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NEWS: ACLU accuses government of spying on religious groups

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posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 01:54 PM
The ACLU has asked for information regarding the alleged spying on several religious groups that oppose policies and actions taken by the government. Among the groups mentioned are the Quakers, a group long known for their outspoken views, who oppose war. The ACLU wants to know about procedures used to watch groups based on religious beliefs or association with protests.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday accused the FBI and local police of spying on political and faith-based groups and formally asked the government for information about such FBI surveillance.
In Freedom of Information Act requests filed in 10 states and Washington, D.C., the ACLU sought information about the FBI's use of Joint Terrorism Task Forces and local police for what it called political surveillance.

"The FBI is wasting its time and our tax dollars spying on groups that criticize the government, like the Quakers in Colorado or Catholic Peace Ministries in Iowa," said ACLU associate legal director Ann Beeson

Asked about the ACLU action, an FBI spokesman said, "The FBI does not investigate individuals or groups that are engaged in exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of expression.

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The government denies the accusation, but who amongst us believes that this is true? Of course they are going to keep an eye on various groups opposing current policies. In the name of national security, they monitor everyone with a voice.

posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 02:39 PM

an FBI spokesman said, "The FBI does not investigate individuals or groups that are engaged in exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of expression.

And the sun doesn't rise in the morning!
The stupidity of government spokespersons in suggesting that the public still falls for such drivel is remarable. That must be a tough job for any person of even minimal intelligence to do, i.e. "go forth and proclaim publicly what you know is false and what you know the public already knows is false." But then, government spokespersons from any number of 3 or 4 letter acronymed agencies do it regularly. How do they look at themselves in the mirror and maintain any semblance of self respect. Oh, yeah, just doing what massa' say. Remember, all you government spokespersons who might read this, the US is grounded upon individual rights and responsibility. You remain an individual even though you work for big government. It follows that _____________ (fill in the blank if you can).

In the name of national security . . .

"National security"? Just WHOSE security are they talking about? Not the nation's, but that of the party currently running the show. And not its security against threats of harm, but its security against threats of credible dissent, i.e. dissent that might make a difference.

posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 02:57 PM
I do really hope they are not wasteing the money by spying on false leads, but if that is where the terrorists are, then by all means, spy till the cows come home.


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