Domestic Spying by the Military

William Arkin at the Washington Post has a great post about the increasing role of the military in domestic spying operations. Arkin builds on earlier work by Walter Pinucs of the Post, who wriote about the three year old Pentagon Counterintelligence Field Activity, an effort to coordinate Pentagon security efforts.

Arkin argues that the operations are part of the Bush Administration mindset that anything goes in the ‘war on terror’:

It is this assumption that everything is potential actionable intelligence that has led to renditions and torture and secrets prisons abroad. Now in the United States, it is contributing to an ever growing domestic military, intelligence and law enforcement triangle. I’m torn between saying that these homeland security goons are a menace and suggesting that perhaps if they are so gung ho they should get on the next plane and employ their fabulous talents in Iraq.

In defense of freedom, we have military intelligence agents, operating domestically, who have:

  • investigated a Quaker anti-war group,
  • infiltrated protest groups,
  • and spied on Americans exercising the most fundamental right of the Bill of Rights.
  • At what point have the terrorists won, George?

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    Don Pogreba

    Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
    His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
    In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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