Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The ACLU Finds Concrete Evidence: FBI Spying On Pacificist Orgs

The American Civil Liberties Union released on March 14 concrete evidence that the FBI has been spying on pacifist organizations for no other reason than that their members took part in peaceful anti-war activities. The Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh was the centerpiece of the case made public by the ACLU.

Including documents from the FBI that define the Catholic center as a "left-wing organization advocationg, among many political causes, pacifism." (from the Anti-war Investigation Memo). Go to the link in the title above for documents collected by the ACLU including fliers handed out by volunteers from the Merton Center (geez, they were trying to get people to a rally). You can see the deleted pages where the FBI used the exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act. And the "Terrorism Memo" which quotes from the Merton Website, again getting people to a peace rally, "All who desire peace and an end to war..." Really, this memo is headed "International Terrorism Matters."

Bless their hearts, the Merton Center is still at it! The photo above is from their website -- apparently they are still marching for peace. Thank heavens for the ACLU's doggedness in this matter. You can join up at the website above in the title link.

Well, now we know what it takes to be an enemy of our government.

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