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    by Jim Hightower

 

 

 

USING COUNTERTERRORISM UNITS TO SPY ON YOU

 

 

If you want to see federal police power run amok, sneak a peek at the FBI's counterterrorism task forces.

 

These top-secret spy units were set up after 9/11 to identify, monitor and root out cells of America's most dangerous enemies. It turns out, however, that the FBI's idea of "enemies" includes you and me!

 

Instead of devoting all of their energies and resources to uncovering al Qaeda cells within our midst, the government's gumshoes have been busy focusing on Greenpeace, the ACLU, anti-war protestors, demonstrators at the Republican National Convention, and other Americans whose only "act of terrorism" has been to speak out against some of George W's policies. Admittedly, the Bushites do seem to be terrified of any public criticism, but FBI snoops need to brush up on the gaping difference between terrorism and Constitutionalism.

 

When the infamous USA Patriot Act and other autocratic rules were rushed into law after 9/11, Bush & Company scoffed at concerns that they could use these laws and the scare of terrorism to go after their political enemies. Yet, here they are only four years later, caught with thousands of pages of surveillance documents that these counterterrorism forces have been secretly amassing on domestic poltical groups engaged in peaceful, totally lawful (and totally American) First Amendment activities.

 

The Bushites contend that they are not trying to stifle anyone's free-speech rights, but are snooping on these groups merely to prevent any "disruptive" activity at demonstrations. I don't believe them for a second, but even if it were true, this is not a role for counterterrorism agents. Besides, disruptions are a core part of our democracy the Sons of Liberty set that proud precedent for us Americans in 1773 with that little disruption they called "The Boston Tea Party."

 

This is Jim Hightower saying... To help stop this subversion of basic rights by Bush's counterterrorism police, contact the American Civil Liberties Union at www.aclu.org

 

 

Sources:

"FBI agents monitored protest websites," Austin American-Statesman, July 18, 2005.

"Large Volume of F.B.I. Files Alarms U.S. Activist Groups," July 18, 2005.

 

(c) 2005, Copyright - Saddleburr Productions, Inc.  This essay is herein reprinted with the author's permission.

 

 


Posted  August 19, 2005

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