New York Times November 23, 2003
F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies
By ERIC LICHTBLAU
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected extensive information on the tactics, training
and organization of antiwar demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity
at protests to its counterterrorism squads, according to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum.
which the bureau sent to local law enforcement agencies last month in advance of antiwar demonstrations in Washington and
San Francisco ... analyzed lawful activities like recruiting demonstrators, as well as illegal activities like using
fake documentation to get into a secured site.
... Some civil rights advocates and legal scholars
said the monitoring program could signal a return to the abuses of the 1960's and 1970's, when J. Edgar Hoover was the F.B.I.
director and agents routinely spied on political protesters like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"The F.B.I. is
dangerously targeting Americans who are engaged in nothing more than lawful protest and dissent," said Anthony Romero, executive
director of the American Civil Liberties Union. ...