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Army report allegedly clears National Guard unit of domestic spying charge

[JURIST] National Guard acting adjutant general Brigadier Gen. John R. Alexander [official profile] has said that a confidential report released Monday proves that the National Guard unit known as the Information Synchronization, Knowledge Management and Intelligence Fusion program was not spying on civilians, as ACLU activists and California state Sen. Joseph Dunn [official profile] previously alleged [JURIST report]. Alexander says that the report, conducted by the Army's inspector general, supports statements made earlier that the unit's purpose is simply to monitor the status and assess threats against domestic infrastructure. Protests were raised against the unit after newspaper reports revealed that the guardsmen had "monitored" a protest [AP report] by mothers of fallen military personnel on Mother's Day, 2005. The National Guard unit claims that this "monitoring" amounted to watching news footage of the protests. AP has more.

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