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December 14, 2005

Can the military spy too much?

From MSNBC...

A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn't know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period....

The Defense Department document is the first inside look at how the U.S. military has stepped up intelligence collection inside this country since 9/11, which now includes the monitoring of peaceful anti-war and counter-military recruitment groups....

The Department of Defense declined repeated requests by NBC News for an interview. A spokesman said that all domestic intelligence information is “properly collected” and involves “protection of Defense Department installations, interests and personnel.” The military has always had a legitimate “force protection” mission inside the U.S. to protect its personnel and facilities from potential violence. But the Pentagon now collects domestic intelligence that goes beyond legitimate concerns about terrorism or protecting U.S. military installations, say critics.

Does anyone else note the irony of the MSM using illegally obtained documents to claim the government is going too far in legally watching groups that try to undermine the security of the nation? Personally, I'm glad the military is keeping an eye on war protestors. The reason they have the right to meet is because the very military they hate risk and give their lives to protect that right.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 14, 2005 06:42 AM

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Well said, Danny. As I said on my blog, I'd be MORE worried if they WEREN'T doing this.

Posted by: Brian at December 14, 2005 02:41 PM

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