July 17, 2006

Goverment spies on anti-war group... wha? no?!?! Really?!


Newly surfaced government surveillance reports reveal that the U.S. Department of Defense monitored anti-war and anti-military e-mails sent by University of California-Berkeley students in April.

The students' e-mails contained plans to host a campus protest against the war in Iraq and against the presence of military recruiters on campus.

The reports, released on June 15 following a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in January, contained information copied from an e-mail circulated by student group UC Berkeley Stop the War Coalition regarding a protest planned for April 21, 2005 on Sproul Plaza.

(Link - Uwire)

There are two ways to look at this. The most important one is that I think the government could be spending its' time & money on watching people who pose a real threat, not Berkeley students. Not any students... The second issue I have is why is this news? Well, it's not really that much news because I found it on U-wire -- not CNN. I could be REALLY sarcastic and say that the student group should be encrypting their shit a little better.


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