New Evidence of Massive Government Spying Against Ordinary Americans
It’s been a week of frightening revelations about how far the Bush Administration is willing to go in order to enforce its political agenda on the increasingly unwilling American population. Of course, there was yesterday’s announcement that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney both appear to be involved up to their necks in the leak of classified information designed to punish Ambassador Joseph Wilson for revealing that Bush and Cheney knew about the lack of good evidence for an Iraqi nuclear weapons program before the invasion of Iraq.
Ah, but did you hear about the new evidence of the FBI spying against American peace activists, without there being any suspicion of the activists ever committing a crime? Yep. FBI agents were caught watching a group of antiwar protesters gathering outside a bookstore in Denver to go to a peaceful march, writing down their license plate numbers to enable further investigation.
And then, did you catch the news that attorneys connected to the Electronic Frontier Foundation have seen secret documents indicating that, without any legally required search warrant or judicial authorization, AT&T cooperated with the Bush Administration to engage in a huge Internet and telephone dragnet spy operation against millions of Americans. Yes, you read that right. The Bush White House, through the NSA, has been spying without a search warrant on millions of Americans.
Here’s a sad fact: We will probably never know when and where we were spied against by the NSA. They don’t respond well to Freedom of Information Act requests. But, those of us who have been active in the anti-war movement, online and offline, can check with the FBI to see if we have been the subject of illegal spying operations against American dissidents.
People for the American Way is making it relatively easy for each one of us to do so. They have created a new web site, FOIArequest.org, at which any American can quickly create a letter to mail off to the FBI’s Record Information / Dissemination Section in Washington, D.C., making a formal Freedom of Information Act request for any records showing that the FBI spied against himself or herself.
You deserve to know, and the FBI ought to tell you. Send that letter today. Mine is already in the mail.