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Welcome to the Police State

Protesting the war? Agitating against corporate policies? Better watch yourself.

According to new documents released today by the American Civil Liberties Union, the FBI is using counterterrorism resources to monitor and infiltrate domestic political organizations that criticize business interests and government policies, despite a lack of evidence that the groups are engaging in or supporting violent action.

The ACLU said that the documents released today on Greenpeace, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) show the FBI expanding the definition of "domestic terrorism" to include citizens and groups that participate in lawful protests or civil disobedience.

Apparently, our centuries-old tradition of dissent--which is, after all, what created this country in the first place--will now get you branded as a terrorist by the FBI. And, of course, being considered a terrorist is sufficient grounds for the Bush Administration to detain you indefinitely at Guantanamo or, even worse, at secret prisons in Eastern Europe.

Pack your bags. We might all be going away for a while.

December 28, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink