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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.

5 thoughts on “New Evidence of Massive Government Spying Against Ordinary Americans”

  1. Jim says:

    Thanks for the tip, jclifford. FOIArequest.org has made the procedure simple and straightforward. I was able to complete my request and send it within four minutes. And now my request, too, is in the mail.

  2. Tom says:

    What difference will it make? They do whatever they want, and, if you’re on their list, you can’t do anything about it. “Where you gonna run to?” Our govenment is (has been for at least 6 years) out of control, the environment is (has been for at least 50 years) out of control, and it’s too late to do anything about either one to avoid upcoming consequences.

  3. Alan says:

    If you’re not on their list already, and you send in a request to see if you’re on their list, that’s REALLY going to get them off your back, right?

    Of course, if the ACLU is filing lawsuits, maybe a lawyer could get you some money off of it, assuming the time to process the FOIA request backlog is not now at infinity.

  4. Marsha says:

    Alan says…. Of course, if the ACLU is filing lawsuits, maybe a lawyer could get you some money off of it, assuming the time to process the FOIA request backlog is not now at infinity.

    Puttn that twisted shit about suin them just to make money off it doesn’t look all that
    good on a public board. Where’s that at? Same capitalist twisted shit that Bushee’s lawyers would think of.
    That’s as good as Lady McKinney smackin the copper and sayin he shuda paid more attention to her hair. Geez man. Twisted shit. Makes us all look twisted.

  5. Alan says:

    It is one thing for the FBI to spy on terrorists. It is quite another thing for politicians to use government agencies to harass and intimidate those who are political opponents or who merely oppose certain policies. We saw quite enough of that with Crafty Richard and J Edgar back in the 70’s.

    Of course the ACLU is suing them. If they don’t want to be sued, they should obey the law.

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