drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,

But They Could Have Been A Bigger Threat!

The FBI, while waging a highly publicized war against terrorism, has spent resources gathering information on antiwar and environmental protesters and on activists who feed vegetarian meals to the homeless, the agency's internal memos show.

For years, the FBI's definition of terrorism has included violence against property, such as the window-smashing during the 1999 Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization. That definition has led FBI investigations to online discussion boards, organizing meetings and demonstrations of a wide range of activist groups. Officials say that international terrorists pose the greatest threat to the nation but that they cannot ignore crimes committed by some activists.
An FBI counterterrorism official showed the class, at the University of Texas in Austin, 35 slides listing militia, neo-Nazi and Islamist groups. Senior Special Agent Charles Rasner said one slide, labeled "Anarchism," was a federal analyst's list of groups that people intent on terrorism might associate with.

The list included Food Not Bombs, which mainly serves vegetarian food to homeless people, and - with a question mark next to it - Indymedia, a collective that publishes what it calls radical journalism online. Both groups are among the numerous organizations affiliated with anarchists and anti-globalization protests, where there has been some violence.
Denver-area activists said that since the surveillance documents became public, there had been a subtle chill, with some people avoiding protests for fear of ending up in an FBI file. Some activists think the FBI has been watching their groups to intimidate them.

"We've kind of gathered up our skirts and pulled in," said Sarah Bardwell, who works for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group. Along with some activist roommates, she has also volunteered for Food Not Bombs.

[ cf FBI Keeps Watch on Activists ]
Is It Just Me Or What?

Why is it that the FBI is not monitoring the alledged Pro-Life Types who openly use 'war language' with regards to stopping the 'death camps'?

Or does the FBI already know that these alledge Pro-Life Types are all victims of Chicken Hawk Angst, and hence are only trying to suck in those who will be deluded by the language of war into acting as if these were a war time, and hence strike out against Womyn's Health Clinics...

Does Make You wonder a bit, eh no?

What if the FBI were co-opted by the Same Folks who had bugged the DNC Headquarter at the Watergate Hotel....

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