Alex Constantine - June 29, 2010
" ... Political spying – rampant during the Cold War under the FBI’s COINTELPRO, the CIA’s Operation Chaos and other programs – has experienced a steady resurgence in the years following 9/11. ... 'In our country, under our Constitution, the authorities aren’t allowed to spy on you unless they have specific and individual suspicion that you are doing something illegal,' said Michael German, ACLU Policy Counsel and former FBI Special Agent. 'Unfortunately, law enforcement in our country seems to be reverting to certain old, bad behaviors. ... Our review of these practices has found that Americans have been put under surveillance or harassed by the police just for deciding to organize, march, protest, espouse unusual viewpoints and engage in normal, innocuous behaviors such as writing notes or taking photographs in public.' ... "
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2010
Mandy Simon, (202) 675-2312;
Review Finds Incidents In At Least 33 States
WASHINGTON - June 29 - Political surveillance and harassment by U.S. law enforcement agencies are on the rise with incidents reported in at least 33 states since 9/11, according to a review published today by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU also announced the launch of a new “Spyfiles” web hub on domestic political surveillance, which will serve as a comprehensive resource on domestic spying.
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