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FBI probes were improper, Justice says

By Ed O'Keefe

Turns out the Federal Bureau of Investigation improperly opened and extended investigations of some activist groups and wrongly put some folks on a terrorist watch list, according to The Post's Jerry Markon:

A report by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine absolved the FBI of the most serious allegation against it: that agents targeted domestic groups based on their exercise of First Amendment rights. Civil liberties groups and congressional Democrats had suggested that the FBI employed such tactics during the George W. Bush administration, which triggered Fine's review.
But the report cited what it called other "troubling" FBI practices in its monitoring of domestic groups in the years between the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and 2006. In some cases, Fine said, agents began investigations of people affiliated with activist groups for "factually weak" reasons.
In others, the report said, the FBI extended probes "without adequate basis" and improperly kept information about activist groups in its files. Among the groups monitored were the Thomas Merton Center, a Pittsburgh peace group; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; and Greenpeace USA. Activists affiliated with Greenpeace were improperly put on a terrorist watch list, the report said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 20, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Oversight  
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This isn't surprising at all. Our country has been building a system to spy on, hunt down and imprison people that have no accepted definition. I wonder why the U.S. and Israel shot down the only international definition of terrorism... Well fellow Americans the government has focused its war on terror against the people. News articles convincing us that 'Home Grown' terror makes spying on the public necessary. Also because no one really has any standard for terrorism we can expect the government to use these laws on anyone they disagree with. I wish there were such a thing as a good politician because the people don't have anyone in Washington...

Posted by: Fredom4sum | September 20, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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