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October 4th, 2008
12:57 pm
October 4th, 2008
10:50 am

FBI Now Authorized To Spy On Peace Groups‏

Yet another erosion of our privacy rights pushed through by the fascists in the White House.  The list of this administration’s efforts to shred the Constitution continues to grow.

Guidelines Expand FBI’s Surveillance Powers

Techniques May Be Used in U.S. Without Any Fact Linking Subject to Terrorism


Justice Department leaders rewrote a key section of the guidelines concerning agents’ infiltration of groups and attendance at demonstrations. Under the new language, agents would be able to investigate the likelihood of violence stemming from a planned demonstration for as many as 30 days, with renewals subject to supervisory approval. Congressional staff members said the revisions were superficial, and the American Civil Liberties Union immediately condemned the road map. Critics had asked Justice Department leaders to wait until a new president takes office, an approach that administration officials rejected.

Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office, said: “Since, under these guidelines, a generalized ‘threat’ is enough to begin an investigation, the FBI will be given carte blanche to begin surveillance without factual evidence. . . . These guidelines will lead to political witch hunts and more unwarranted investigations of political enemies and peace groups.”

I have heard people for years saying we can’t impeach Bush and Cheney.  That they would be out of office soon enough.  I argued that they can do a lot more damage to this country before January 20th, especially once the election is over and they are in full lame duck mode. 

I support impeachment up to and including the 20th itself.  We must go on record that we will not tolerate presidents that repeately violate the Constitution, International law, Federal law and the Uniformed Code for Military Justice.  This criminal administration MUST be stopped and the precedent set that such behavior will never be tolerated.  If we do not, everything that Bush has done will be repeated and continued by others.