Tuesday, December 20, 2005

More Domestic Spying by the DOD

Here, yet again, is another story about the US government collecting information and spying on domestic groups. The Pentagon is allegedly spying on quaker church groups and gay activists who want to do away with the don't ask, don't tell policy. The military must be able to protect the forces, but going into our churches is crossing the line.

Is the Pentagon spying on Americans?
By Lisa Myers, Douglas Pasternak, Rich Gardella and the NBC Investigative Unit
Updated: 6:18 p.m. ET Dec. 14, 2005

WASHINGTON - A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn't know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.

“This peaceful, educationally oriented group being a threat is incredible,” says Evy Grachow, a member of the Florida group called The Truth Project.

“This is incredible,” adds group member Rich Hersh. “It's an example of paranoia by our government,” he says. “We're not doing anything illegal...”

The DOD database obtained by NBC News includes nearly four dozen anti-war meetings or protests, including some that have taken place far from any military installation, post or recruitment center. One “incident” included in the database is a large anti-war protest at Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles last March that included effigies of President Bush and anti-war protest banners. Another incident mentions a planned protest against military recruiters last December in Boston and a planned protest last April at McDonald’s National Salute to America’s Heroes — a military air and sea show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


(Full Story)

5 comments:

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

Maybe he got the idea from Bill Clinton.
http://nationalreview.com/york/york200512200946.asp

Dingo said...

siggy,

I don't care who did it first or who came up with the idea, or, or, or...

That is besides the point.

Dingo said...

"In her testimony, Gorelick signaled that the administration would go along a congressional decision to place such searches under the court — if, as she testified, it "does not restrict the president's ability to collect foreign intelligence necessary for the national security.""

BTW, thank you for that little quote from the story. As she so plainly stated, having it under a court supervision will not restrict the presidents ability to collect intel

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

My point was that it isn't new.

Also, citing Gorelick as an authority is the pot calling the kettle black.

She's in it up to her eyeballs.

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

By the way, what do you make of the NM stolen explosives story?

Scary stuff...