A story about FBI efforts to recruit spies to infiltrate protest groups ahead of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis this fall. Disgusting:
What they were looking for, Carroll says, was an informant—someone to show up at “vegan potlucks” throughout the Twin Cities and rub shoulders with RNC protestors, schmoozing his way into their inner circles, then reporting back to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership between multiple federal agencies and state and local law enforcement. The effort’s primary mission, according to the Minneapolis division’s website, is to “investigate terrorist acts carried out by groups or organizations which fall within the definition of terrorist groups as set forth in the current United States Attorney General Guidelines.”J. Edgar Hoover just smiled in his grave, and free speech just died a little more. This is your government under the Bush Administration.