January 11, 2012
Spying, mass surveillance and data collection leave no peaceful human or Earth rights defender behind according to new Freedom Of Information documents.
As Iran condemns to death an alleged CIA spy, possibly due to his link to a video game called “Assault on Iran,” Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) documents obtained by a rights group this week reveal that the FBI, in Cointelpro and Phoenix Program modus operandi, is listing and possibly investigating and targeting innocent peopleof goodwill who write to eco-prisoners being tortured in the U.S. prison-industrial-complex. The rights group is urging the public to take a stand for First Amendment human rights and urging prisoner advocates to not allow fear of being spied on prevent them from their humanitarian work.
“For years people have been speculating that writing political prisoners would result in a person being ‘put on a list.’ Unfortunately, it seems that those speculations were not unfounded,” stated North American Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network after obtaining FOIA documents this week.
The Network had filed FOIA to learn about Eric McDavid who was arrested (with Zachary Jenson and Lauren Weiner) on January 13, 2006, as part of the government’s ongoing Green Scare campaign it says. After entrapment, all three were charged with “Conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire and an explosive.”
[McDavid’s] arrest was the direct result of a government informant – known only as “Anna,” who spent a year and a half drawing him in and working with the FBI to fabricate a crime and implicate Eric in it, explains the advocacy group.
According to Walsh, Denny Walsh in his 2007 article, “Leader or led by the FBI?”. The Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company), “Anna” encouraged the activities of the three young people and provided them with bomb-making information, money to buy the raw materials, transportation and a cabin to work in, and produced consensual audio and video recordings of their activities.
According to “Anna,” McDavid threatened to kill her if he found she was working for the government. Anna was paid over $65,000 for her work with the FBI.
“Eric was imprisoned for what amounts to thought-crime – no actions were ever carried out, and Eric was charged with a single count of ‘conspiracy,’ a powerful legal tool often used by the state to crush dissent,” asserts the Prisoners Network.
The North American Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network filed FOIA to learn about “We will not allow the FBI to stop us from writing those who have given so much for the Earth. Don’t let them stop you either,” responded one of many prisoner advocate groups, Deep Green Resistance Massachusetts, in a written statement this week.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) states on its “Spy Files” web page, “The erosion of reasonable restrictions on government’s power to collect people’s personal information is putting the privacy and free speech rights of all Americans at risk.”
(Watch the YouTube on this page left the Global Report about spying on innocent human rights, animal rights and other peace workers)
American spies and spying are not taken lightly by other countries. Iran has just convicted Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a former Marine from Flint, Mich. now on death row in an Iranian prison for allegedly spying for the C.I.A.
Hekmati is connected to a computer game that officials say “was to convince the people of the world and Iraq that what the U.S. does in Iraq and other countries is good and acceptable.”
Prisoner advocates call for increased advocate courage despite being spied on
“Targeted Individuals on the watch list can be kept off of planes and be ‘subjected to delays and greater security at airports, border crossings and traffic stops.”
“We are attaching three documents. The first is typical of the documents the FBI sent towards the beginning of Eric’s time at Sac County. The second is an example of what they sent to international law enforcement agencies. The final document is an example of the later version with the language about “follow up” being “warranted.”
“The IG found there was ‘little or no basis’ for the terror investigations, and that they were ‘unreasonable and inconsistent with FBI policy.’
“At least two of the investigations resulted in innocent people being placed on the domestic terror watch list for years, and one resulted in FBI Director Robert Mueller providing Congress with ‘inaccurate and misleading information,’ according to the report.”
“The FBI, federal intelligence agencies, the military, state and local police, private companies, and even firemen and emergency medical technicians are gathering incredible amounts of personal information about ordinary Americans that can be used to construct vast dossiers that can be widely shared with a simple mouse-click through new institutions like Joint Terrorism Task Forces, fusion centers, and public-private partnerships.
“The people of the United States have a legal right to be free from government surveillance, the type of which was initiated by the Bush administration on an enormous scale. Using the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext, the Bush White House permitted the FBI, the National Security Agency, the CIA, Pentagon and other law-enforcement and military agencies to conduct unprecedented data collection against the people.
The PCJF campaign, thus far dismissed by President Obama, includes a sign-on letter with initial signers including former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark plus many others representing a broad and diverse cross-section of leaders, human rights advocates, attorneys and legal scholars.
To learn if the FBI has been collecting information on you, the website explaining how to request information under the Freedom Of Information Act is: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/press/information/topic.aspx?topic=how_to_FOIA
Navigate ACLU links below for updated information on spying conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the military, intelligence agencies, state and local police, and even private companies. Read about specific spying platforms, such as fusion centers, Joint Terrorism Task Forces and Suspicious Activity Reporting programs.