[saymaListserv] Fw: sheesh....even Quakers are targeted....

hector black hblack at twlakes.net
Wed Sep 4 17:36:09 JEST 2002


I thought the following would be of interest to you all.     Peace,
Hector

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Subject: FWD: sheesh....even Quakers are targeted....


> >===== Original Message From Dyana Bagby
<dyana.bagby at gwinnettdailypost.com>
> =====
> Denver police open 'spy files' on peaceful groups, but some files will
> remain secret
> By JUDITH KOHLER
> Associated Press Writer
> DENVER (AP) - The Police Department opened 3,200 ''spy files'' on
> religious, peace and other groups on Tuesday, and activists lined up to
see
> if their names were included.
> City officials conceded that police went too far in collecting information
> in some cases.
> News that religious and peace groups were among those placed under
> surveillance since about 1999, when the files were computerized, drew
> charges of police misconduct, an investigation by a three-judge panel and
> the decision to let some people see their files before the reports are
> purged.
> Mayor Wellington Webb, himself the subject of police surveillance when he
> was a young activist, has condemned the keeping of files on peaceful
> protesters and said it violated city policy.
> Records of people not suspected of crimes will be released to those named
> in them, then purged after Nov. 1. However, the city attorney's office
will
> keep copies of all files, including those eliminated by police.
> The names of people or groups considered legitimate targets of
> surveillance, as determined by an outside auditor, will remain in the
files
> and won't be released.
> Officials haven't indicated whether any files from before 1999 will be
> retained.
> The partial release concerned some activists waiting in line.
> ''They're not being totally upfront, which makes you think they're not
> telling you everything,'' said Wendy Hawthorne of the Denver Justice and
> Peace Committee.
> Department of Safety spokeswoman C.L. Harmer said she was as horrified as
> the department's critics when she learned that Nobel Peace Prize winners
> Amnesty International and the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker
> organization, had been monitored.
> Police had classified the Quaker committee as a criminal extremist group,
> according to files obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. Police
> told the ACLU the department had no written guidelines for making such
> classifications.
> ''I'm a former member of the American Friends Service Committee,'' Harmer
> said. ''My late husband was a Quaker.''
> Mark Silverstein, legal director of the Colorado chapter of the ACLU, said
> his group never disputed the need for legitimate criminal intelligence
> operations.
> ''But legitimate criminal intelligence operations is not writing down
> license numbers of everybody who attends an Amnesty International rally,''
> he said.
> The ACLU is suing the city on behalf of the Denver Justice and Peace
> Committee, which claims a police search of its office in 2000 was illegal.
> A separate lawsuit challenges the police department's surveillance of
> peaceful protest groups.
>
> Dyana Bagby
> staff writer
> The Gwinnett Daily Post
> 770-963-9205 ext. 1303
>




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