However, this type of spying makes me scratch my head…
WASHINGTON – 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 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œthreatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? and one of more than 1,500 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsuspicious incidentsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? across the country over a recent 10-month period.
In a word: why? It’s not like this is anything new. Our government has infiltrated groups like these and spied on them for years. But isn’t it about time they stop? Do we really think that these people are worth spending out time on? A nation spying on citizens who are merely publicly disagreeing with them, is a bit odd and frankly a waste of time, energy and resources.
And a former DOD official agrees:
Some former senior DOD intelligence officials share his concern. George Lotz, a 30-year career DOD official and former U.S. Air Force colonel, held the post of Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight from 1998 until his retirement last May. Lotz, who recently began a consulting business to help train and educate intelligence agencies and improve oversight of their collection process, believes some of the information the DOD has been collecting is not justified.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSomebody needs to be monitoring to make sure they are just not going crazy and reporting things on U.S. citizens without any kind of reasoning or rationale,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? says Lotz. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI demonstrated with Martin Luther King in 1963 in Washington,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? he says, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œand I certainly didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t want anybody putting my name on any kind of list. I wasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t any threat to the government,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? he adds.
In any event, what are your thoughts? Sure, there are some US citizens that should be monitored, but is it more prudent to watch people who could be considered terrorists instead of people who are simply considered activists?