posted on Nov, 24 2003 @ 11:32 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The FBI has collected information about tactics and training used by antiwar protesters in an effort to blunt potential
violence by extremist elements, a federal law enforcement official said Sunday.
The FBI warned of tactics used by such groups in a weekly bulletin circulated to 15,000 law enforcement agencies around the country last month before
large demonstrations in Washington and San Francisco to protest the Iraq war.
It described activist strategies like videotaping arrests to intimidate police and using the Internet to recruit and raise funds.
Civil rights groups and legal scholars quoted by The New York Times expressed concern that monitoring protesters could signal a return to the abuses
of the 1960s and 1970s, when J. Edgar Hoover was FBI director and agents routinely spied on political protesters including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The resulting restrictions on FBI investigations of political activities were relaxed last year when Attorney General John Ashcroft, citing the
September 11, 2001 attacks, issued guidelines giving agents authority to attend political rallies, mosques and any other public events.
Here we go, they already are starting to classify protesters as terrorists and are using the same powers provided to them in the "patriot act"
aginst protesters instead of against terrorist cells wanting to do extreme damage to civilian populations....