New Documents Show FBI Targeting Peaceful Protesters in Colorado as Potential Terrorists
American Civil Liberties Union
Documents released under FOIA by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) show that the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) monitored a range of peaceful, law-abiding Colorado activists and groups based not on evidence of illegal activities, but on the theory that the exercise of constitutional freedoms might attract others who might engage in domestic terrorism. The JTTF also relied in part on information from Denver police, despite an earlier acknowledgment that the city's police department should not and would not engage in targeted surveillance based on First Amendment-protected activities.
See also "Statement - Betty Ball, Target of Illegal Spying" (ACLU.org, 2/20/06, http://www.aclu.org/national-security/statement-betty-ball-target-illegal-spying), describing JTTF surveillance of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in 2003.
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