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Rights group: FBI treating peaceful protesters as would-be terrorists

[JURIST] The Colorado chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] said Thursday that recently-released FBI files support the contention that the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is monitoring peaceful protesters as if they were terrorists [ACLU press release]. Mark Silverstein, legal director for Colorado ACLU, said information the group received from a public-records request [document texts, PDF] shows federal agents opened "domestic terrorism" probes into the activities of numerous protestors after observing websites promoting various antiwar events in Colorado in 2002 and 2003. An FBI spokeswoman stressed that the agency "doesn't monitor groups or interview individuals unless the FBI receives intelligence or information that such individuals or these groups are planning a violent or disruptive activity." The Denver Post has more.

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