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Police Undercover at Protests

Bush supporters claim that the patriot act and other police powers implemented since 9-11 are necessary and don't violate the rights of American Citizens.

This translates to; They don't know what prinicipals this country was founded on, they don't believe the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are important, and they don't believe there is any right to privacy, which, while not specifically mentioned in the Constitution or Bill of Rights, it would be a stretch to think that our forefathers were for any type of government monitoring of your email, telephone, or other private conversations.

They certainly would not condone our government sending undercover police into legal gatherings such as protests to gather information on American Citizens who participate in the protest.

The following is an edited down version of an article in the NYTimes; You can click the title above and see the entire article if you wish to.

Undercover New York City police officers have conducted covert surveillance in the last 16 months of people protesting the Iraq war, bicycle riders taking part in mass rallies and even mourners at a street vigil for a cyclist killed in an accident, a series of videotapes show.

The officers hoist protest signs. They hold flowers with mourners. They ride in bicycle events. At the vigil for the cyclist, an officer in biking gear wore a button that said, "I am a shameless agitator." She also carried a camera and videotaped the roughly 15 people present.

Beyond collecting information, some of the undercover officers or their associates are seen on the tape having influence on events. At a demonstration last year during the Republican National Convention, the sham arrest of a man secretly working with the police led to a bruising confrontation between officers in riot gear and bystanders.

Until Sept. 11, the secret monitoring of events where people expressed their opinions was among the most tightly limited of police powers.

President Bush acknowledged last Saturday that he has secretly permitted the National Security Agency to eavesdrop without a warrant on international telephone calls and e-mail messages in terror investigations.

In New York, the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg persuaded a federal judge in 2003 to enlarge the Police Department's authority to conduct investigations of political, social and religious groups.

The standard for opening inquiries into political activity has been relaxed, full authority to begin surveillance has been given to the police and federal courts no longer require a special panel to oversee the tactics.

That's all I'll reprint of the article, as I said, to read the whole article click the title of this one.

The excuse for these tactics is that they need to use them to catch terrorists, yet, it is not terrorists they are using these tactics on. They are using them on protesters, religious groups, and other American Citizens, expressing their basic rights as guaranteed by the constitution and the bill of rights that people have fought for and died to defend.

Bush's secret NSA taps have snared conversations between American Citizens where both ends of the conversation were located in the US. They were only authorized, supposedly, to monitor conversations where at least one end of the conversation was on foreign soil.

They claim they "accidentally" snooped on these conversations and don't have the technology to determine where some of the calls originated from or were made to. Give me a break.

To keep allowing GW Bush and his administration to violate the rights of American Citizens is to condone it. The comparisons to Hitler are not very far off. Hitler did all the things described in this article, yet republicrooks cry foul when you compare the two.

Republicans also say blatently that if you are protesting the war, you deserve to be spied on and that you are a traitor to this country.

For exercizing your rights as an American Citizen you are a traitor?

For disagreeing with something your government is doing you are a traitor or a terrorist sympathizer?


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