[govinfo] GovInfo News 11-22-06

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 10:23:33 -0500

- Military Documents Hold Tips on Antiwar Activities

Patrice McDermott, Director
202-332-OPEN (6736)

November 21, 2006
By Eric Lichtblau and Mark Mazzetti
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 - An antiterrorist database used by the Defense Department 
in an effort to prevent attacks against military installations included 
intelligence tips about antiwar planning meetings held at churches, libraries, 
college campuses and other locations, newly disclosed documents show.
Mr. Baur was responding to the latest batch of documents produced by the 
military under a Freedom of Information Act request brought by the American 
Civil Liberties Union and other groups. The A.C.L.U. planned to release the 
documents publicly on Tuesday 
(www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/27459lgl20061121.html )... .

Ben Wizner, a lawyer for the A.C.L.U. in New York, said the new documents 
suggested that the military's efforts to glean intelligence on protesters went 
beyond what was previously known. If intelligence officials "are going to be 
doing investigations or monitoring in a place where people gather to worship or 
to study, they should have a pretty clear indication that a crime has 
occurred," Mr. Wizner added.
The latest Talon documents showed that the military used a variety of sources 
to collect intelligence leads on antiwar protests, including an agent in the 
Department of Homeland Security, Google searches on the Internet and e-mail 
messages forwarded by apparent informants with ties to protest groups.

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