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NYT: FBI Returns Monitoring Antiwar Protesters

HeadlineNov 24, 2003

The New York Times is reporting that it has obtained an internal FBI memo that encourages local law enforcement agents to report any suspicious activity by anti-war protesters to the federal counterterrorism squads. The memo also revealed how the FBI was closely monitoring groups that organized demonstrations. Among other things it analyzed training and fundraising methods of protest groups. The ACLU in response warned that this signaled the FBI may be returning to days of Cointelpro when J. Edgar Hoover’s Agency illegally targeted civil rights and anti-war groups. The head of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, said “The F.B.I. is dangerously targeting Americans who are engaged in nothing more than lawful protest and dissent. The line between terrorism and legitimate civil disobedience is blurred, and I have a serious concern about whether we’re going back to the days of Hoover.”

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