The FBI spied on war protesters

Expect an assault on the Freedom of Information Act in the coming months as that pesky FOIA keeps exposing things the administration would rather you didn't know.

In the most recent case the ACLU acquired documents showing that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting investigations into a political organizations based solely on its anti-war views."

That's right, organizations like the dreaded Thomas Merton Center, whose inspiration is the nonviolence-pushing monk of the Center's name, are the focus of FBI counter-terrorism investigations.

According to a 2002 memo, the Merton Center: "holds daily leaflet distribution activities in downtown Pittsburgh and is currently focused on its opposition to the potential war on Iraq." The synopsis of the document is provided to "report results of investigation on Pittsburgh anti-war activities." The FBI memo points out that the Merton Center "is a left-wing organization advocating, among many political causes, pacifism."

Pacifism!? Lordy, duct tape your windows...

Seriously, this is the kind of spying Russ Feingold is attempting to censure Bush for, but which many Dems are too afeared to support (To get involved go HERE).

Other FOIA requests filed by the ACLU "reveal monitoring and infiltration by the FBI and local law enforcement, targeting political, environmental, anti-war and faith-based groups."

Maybe this is what Bush meant by "faith-based initiatives"?

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