The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a group working for lesbian and gay rights for US military members, has released documents it received through a Freedom of Information Act request of the Defense department.
The documents show that the DoD has conducted surveillance of civilian groups working to change the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gays.
"The release of the documents follows media reports indicating government surveillance of civilian groups at several universities across the country," an SLDN press release states, "The Department of Defense acknowledged that it had inappropriately collected information on protestors in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee..."
Keep in mind, these groups represent people who want to serve their country. Should the government be spying on patriots or terrorists? Apparently, that's a tough call.
Among others who have been under domestic surveillance are peace groups, quakers, search engines, and a girl in Georgia who thinks you shouldn't eat HoneyBaked brand Ham - I shit you not, check here. I've personally witnessed people in unmarked police cars, with uniformed cops at the wheel, photographing marchers at an antiwar rally.
When the president says, "If someone from al Qaida's calling you, we want to know about it," he's not telling the whole story. If your politics don't match the administration's ideology, they want to know about that, too.
(Keywords: politics, Iraq, wiretapping, protest, HoneyBaked Ham is the Choice of Terrorists )