Another score for wikileaks, which provided a leaked document about the planning for the RNC, or I should say planning for the suppression and control of dissent during the RNC, which leads to this story from the ACLU of Minnesota. Apparently both the Pentagon’s NORTHCOM and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)were part of this planning team. A fake cellphone station was even set up to track activists, without a warrent and on the taxpayers tab. Good to see the FBI is protecting us from all those domestic terrorists, like nuns. As we’ve seen with the arrest and harassment of reporters at the convention, those in control were very focused on the suppression of dissent, at all costs.
Of course it was just a matter of time….
Oct 14th, 2008 by Will Potter
Last week I wrote about how some Homeland Security officials don’t think Timothy McVeigh is a terrorist, but peace activists, animal rights activists, pro-choice activists and environmentalists are.
You know who else are terrorists? Nuns!
The Saginaw News reports that among the 53 non-violent activists labeled as “terrorists” in that Maryland operation are two Dominican nuns.
But what is interesting is what criteria had been used to classify people as terrorists, from the Washington Post Article:
The former state police superintendent who authorized the operation, Thomas E. Hutchins, defended the program in testimony yesterday. Hutchins said the program was a bulwark against potential violence and called the activists “fringe people.”
Sheridan said protest groups were also entered as terrorist organizations in the databases, but his staff has not identified which ones.
An interesting question asked by a member of Parliament to the EU Commission about those nearly invisible yellow dots that the US government had all of the major printer manufacturers make their printers secretly print out, without the user’s knowledge. Question by Satu Hassi, Green Party Representative from Finland:
Hat tip: EFF deeplinks: