|How the FBI Polices Dissent and Why It Matters in the Encryption Debate|
|Written by Chip Gibbons|
|Saturday, 05 March 2016 15:59|
One does not need to have a very a long memory to be aware of the FBI's bad acts. In November 2015, the Partnership for Civil Justice obtained documents through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that describe how, from 2000 to 2010, the FBI used counterterrorism agents to routinely spy on the lawful political activity of School of the Americas Watch, which organizes annual protests against US Latin American policy. Throughout the released documents, the FBI acknowledged the "peaceful intent" of these protests, but continued its counterterrorism investigation. In addition, it was also revealed in 2015 that the FBI had monitored anti-Keystone XL pipeline protesters and Black Lives Matter protesters. All of these allegations come on the heels of revelations about widespread FBI "counterterrorism" monitoring of Occupy Wall Street (once again via documents obtained through FOIA requests by the Partnership for Civil Justice).
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