To add a chapter to yesterday’s ruminations, from the Washington Post, FBI probes were improper, Justice says:

The FBI improperly investigated some left-leaning U.S. advocacy groups after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Justice Department said Monday, citing cases in which agents put activists on terrorist watch lists even though they were planning nonviolent civil disobedience.

A report by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine absolved the FBI of the most serious allegation: that domestic groups were targeted purely for their activism against the Iraq war and other political activity, which would have violated their First Amendment rights. Civil liberties groups and congressional Democrats had accused the FBI of employing such tactics during George W. Bush’s administration.

But the report cited what it called “troubling” FBI practices in the Bush administration’s monitoring of domestic groups between 2001 and 2006. In one instance, the report said, FBI officials falsely said an agent photographed antiwar demonstrators as part of a terrorism investigation, which led FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to unintentionally give incorrect information about the incident to Congress.

PETA? Greenpeace? Quakers and Catholics? All added to the Violent Gang and Terrorist Organization File? Are you kidding me? That is some happy horseshit right there.

Criteria point number five from said guidelines:

5. For purposes of entry in the GRC, a terrorist organization must meet the following definition:
a. The group must be an ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons; and
b. The group must be engaged in conduct or a pattern of conduct which involves the use of force or violence; and
c. The purpose of the group in using violence must be to intimidate or coerce a government, civilian population, or segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

Violent Quakers.

The (somewhat redacted) 191-page report is available here. (I haven’t read it yet.)

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