PITTSBURGH - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Pennsylvania today released new evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting investigations into a political organizations based solely on its anti-war views.
Two documents released today reveal that the FBI investigated gatherings of the Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Justice just because the organization opposed the war in Iraq. Although previously disclosed documents show that the FBI is retaining files on anti-war groups, these documents are the first to show conclusively that the rationale for FBI targeting is the group's opposition to the war.
"It makes no sense that the FBI would be spying on peace activists handing out flyers," said Jim Kleissler, Executive Director of the Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Justice. "Our members were simply offering leaflets to passersby, legally and peacefully, and now they're being investigated by a counter-terrorism unit. Something is seriously wrong in how our government determines who and what constitutes terrorism when peace activists find themselves targeted."
Let's pull that last bit out of the article and take a look at it again on its own, shall we?
"Something is seriously wrong in how our government determines who and what constitutes terrorism when peace activists find themselves targeted."Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Jim Kleissler. Long ago it once took a young boy, innocent in the ways of court intrigue, to point out that the Emperor wasn't wearing any clothes. You'd think statements like that would be common sense, yet it somehow seems shocking in the present day and age when somebody actually comes out and says them. That quote should be at the top of everyone's web pages for a good long time.
- Jim Kleissler