Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 6: “Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups” excerpt

”Since 2000, there has been a sharp increase in U.S. citizen groups that are being harassed and infiltrated by police and federal agents, often in illegal ways. A 2006 ACLU report notes that police departments in California had infiltrated antiwar protests, political rallies, and other constitutionally protected gatherings and were secretly investigating them, even though the California state constitution forbids this.

“But that was just the beginning. A Defense Department program called Talon created a database of ‘anti-terror’ information about peaceful U.S. citizen groups and activities. Talon included details of antiwar groups’ planning meetings in churches; a church service for peace in New York City; even details of the meetings of such all-American groups as Veterans for Peace. The Defense Department even had e-mails that had been forwarded to it by people who had pretended to be members of the groups. Some of the groups were placed in a this database with the rationale that while they weren’t violent yet, they might become so. Jen Nessel of the Center for Constitutional Rights said, ‘We have absolutely moved over into a preventive detention model—you look like you could do something bad, you might do something bad, so we’re going to hold you.’” (pgs 90 & 91)

Chapter 6: Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups, The End of America, by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933392-79-0

Spiel redux: Everyone should buy 2 copies and give one away. Give one to someone you love or just think needs a wake up call. It’s been adding up over the years, I hadn’t realized, but Naomi Wolf lays it all out for us.

This book is a deal at Overstock.com. Or you can be a really big hero and buy it from Chelsea Green, they could probably use the dough. GM

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