Friday, March 31, 2006

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

The FBI, while waging a highly publicized war against terrorism, has also spent resources gathering information on a variety of Americans -- including antiwar and environmental protesters, and 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.

"They don't know where Osama bin Laden is, but they're spending money watching people like me," environmental activist Kirsten Atkins told the Los Angeles Times.

Atkins' license plate number showed up in an FBI terrorism file after she attended a protest against the lumber industry in Colorado Springs in 2002.

"It certainly seems they're casting a net much more widely than would be necessary to thwart something like the blowing up of the Oklahoma City federal building," said Mark Silverstein, legal director of the ACLU of Colorado.

9 Comments:

Anonymous flblu2 said...

activists, environmentalists, VEGETARIANS??


i smell a plot to slow down the rapture.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

well, you know those vegetarians! LOL
dangerous folks. especially if they order cous cous, falafel or hummus or some other vaguely arab-sounding foud.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous yellowcanine said...

"They don't know where OBL is, but they're tracking vegetarians."
Good T shirt slogan. Run with it.

TODAY'S FBI:

They don't know where OBL is,

but they're tracking vegetarians.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous DFW said...

I'd say
.

"They don't know where Osama bin Laden is, but they're spending money watching people like me," environmental activist Kirsten Atkins told the Los Angeles Times.

Kirsten Atkins, they don't know where Bin Laden is BECAUSE they are spending their time watching people like you!

(It's the old bird-in-the-hand trick)

5:33 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

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

Personally, I have no problem with the FBI investigating radicals who engage in arson, vandalism and other dangerous and unlawful activities that could endanger innocent people and/or damage the personal property of others. Ecoterrorism, like any other extremist movement, should be monitored.

If feeding vegetarian meals to the homeless is all these groups are doing, I'm sure they'll be left alone to accomplish their mission.

http://www.cdfe.org/ecoterror.htm

5:25 PM  
Blogger NV Mojo said...

Somebody please explain to me again why Feingold was wrong to call for censuring that so-called President in the White House? This stuff is outrageous!

1:59 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

If you have to ask, then I'm afraid it would be a waste of my valuable time to explain it to you.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe what Trinity was trying to tell you, NVMojo, is that Sen. Feingold is a true patriot and a saint whom history will look upon favorably for having the courage to stand up against the suspected criminal and unconstitutional behavior of the president.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

That's quite funny, actually. Mainly because you were serious when you typed it. ;) My own opinion? I think you are going to be in a state of shock when history is written.

8:06 PM  

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