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Sent: Sat, July 2, 2011 5:58:24 AM
Subject: [EcoRev] Re: File FOIA requests about yourself, fight police state!

   
On the other hand.... I was told many years ago by an activist lawyer that if 
you don't already have an FBI file, asking if you have one is a pretty good way 
to assure that you will.

This is not an action to take lightly. 

--- In [log in to unmask], Maggie Zhou <mzhou_us@...> wrote:
>
> The FBI and CIA keeps files on activists of all stripes, including 
>environmental 
>
> activists.  They're treated much like terrorists, viewed as potential threat to 
>
> security.
> 
> While anyone can file a Freedom of Information request, and you do not need to 

> be a U.S. citizen, the government may choose to refuse releasing part or all of 
>
> the requested info on national security grounds.  Still, that's a higher bar 
> they'd have to go through.  More info on how to do it here:
> http://www.defendingdissent.org/program/foia.htm
> 
> 
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> 
> From: Defending Dissent Foundation [mailto:sue.udry@...] 
> Sent: Friday, July 01, 2011 5:03 AM
> To: jellingston@...
> Subject: Celebrate July 4th - FOIA  Yourself!
> 
>   <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5492/images/bannerheader-1.jpg> 
> 
> Dear Jenefer, 
> 
> On July 4th, we'll celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Freedom of Information 
>
> Act.  As I'm sure you know, FOIA is an essential tool for helping us find out 
> what our government is up to, and holding officials accountable. 
> 
> 
> But it only  works if we use it! 
> 
> That's why DDF is encouraging activists to file FOIA requests about themselves 

> and the groups they are involved with.  You never know what you will uncover, 
> and every example of FBI abuse helps us make the case for stricter oversight, 
> tighter guidelines and stronger protections. 
> 
> 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=b%2FwLWP9L6uLBxIMH%2BtG8WysOk6g5a0mW>
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> 
> 
> That's especially important right now, as the FBI is about to adopt new 
> guidelines 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=QkYrNOKvXJQYQ%2BBdO83IpysOk6g5a0mW>
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>
>  granting its agents even more power to spy, pry and intimidate us.
> 
> That's right, the FBI is getting ready to take a giant step backward, right 
>back 
>
> into the days of COINTELPRO and J. Edgar Hoover. 
> 
> 
> Help us shine the light on FBI abuses by filing your own FOIA request.  These 
> activists did: 
> 
> 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=aI6xthlakeU2FqQEvLETvnsoadlW04b3>
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> 
> 
> *    Scott Crow got 440 pages revealing that the FBI had spent 3 years tailing 

> him, digging through his trash, tracking his phone calls and trying to find 
>ways 
>
> to harass him;
> *    David Goodner <>  discovered that the FBI spent nine months spying on Iowa 
>
> peace groups. Hundreds of  pages of documents were released showing that the 
>FBI 
>
> had surreptitiously photographed and videotaped activists, staked out their 
> homes and accessed their cell phone and motor vehicle records; 
> 
> 
> 
> *    Brendan Dunn <>  filed a FOIA was shocked to discover that his friend and 

> fellow activist "John Jacob" was actually a military spy who had infiltrated 
>the 
>
> local peace group;
> 
> And many of you remember that when Frank Wilkinson 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=mByduuO1NDUeERtWeZcnFCsOk6g5a0mW>
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>
>  filed a FOIA request in 1986, he got 132,000 pages detailing FBI attempts to 
> "neutralize" the Defending Dissent Foundation (when our name was the National 
> Committee to Abolish HUAC).
> 
> These liberated files help us paint a picture for Congress of unacceptable FBI 

> misconduct.  They help us push back against the FBI's claim that they are so 
> busy fighting terrorism they don't have time to abuse the First Amendment.
> 
> Click here 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=UdF5Nzqslef1LoJUzmN1misOk6g5a0mW>
>> 
>
>  to liberate your file today!  You'll find resources and instructions on how to 
>
> file a FOIA with the FBI, the CIA, the NSA...
> 
> 
> I also need to ask you for your help... President Obama and a complicit 
>Congress 
>
> are intent on restoring the FBI to its former self: a lawless agency free to 
>spy 
>
> on Americans who dare to question government policies. But today, we?re looking 
>
> at COINTELPRO on steroids -- with thousands of agents are empowered to 
> investigate us, armed with incredibly powerful surveillance tools that would 
> make J. Edgar Hoover blush!
> 
> That?s why the Defending Dissent Foundation is more important  than ever, and 
> why we need your support.
> 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=YqiySpVz%2F22jK96uKcmfYSsOk6g5a0mW>
>>
>  Click here to make a contribution.
> 
> DDF has been leading the lobby effort 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=0kZwMPJVEdO0GCgWHrwxLCsOk6g5a0mW>
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>
>  against extending FBI Director Mueller?s term. We?ve reminded Congress 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=EBCeynGgAQddLW9a2py7zisOk6g5a0mW>
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>
>  why the term limit was established (to prevent a popular director from 
> consolidating power), and that under Director Mueller?s leadership the FBI has 

> repeatedly overstepped its authority. This fight is not yet over, and we need 
> your support to win it!
> 
> DDF is working with allies to highlight the dangers of planned changes to the 
> FBI?s operational  guidelines, which lowers the bar to allow 14,000 FBI agents 

> to search through your trash, follow you, infiltrate your peace group or 
> otherwise invade your life without any suspicion of wrongdoing. Please visit 
>our 
>
> website for more details about the new guidelines, and our work to rollback 
> these new authorities. 
> 
> 
> DDF supporters and staff made phone calls, sent emails and raised hell 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=igLLH%2Bg2ivOD72SPVQ%2B%2FUCsOk6g5a0mW>
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>
>  over the extension of the PATRIOT Act. We didn?t win this fight, but we did 
>win 
>
> more votes against the  extension than we have in the past. We?ve made a 
> foundation upon which we can build. Of course it won?t happen overnight, and 
> we?ll need your help!
> 
> DDF?s FOIA Yourself! project provides activists with the tools to request their 
>
> files from the FBI and other federal agencies, as well as state and local 
> agencies. FOIA is an excellent tool to expose government abuses, but only if we 
>
> use it! If you are ready to ask for your file, click here 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=sbdYrxx%2Bv2ZId74AavPGvSsOk6g5a0mW>
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>
>  and get started! 
> 
> 
> We?ve learned from the experiences of the past that speaking out, standing up 
> for our rights and standing together is a powerful antidote to repression. The 

> Defending Dissent Foundation is proud to be able to do that, and proud to count 
>
> you as part of our team. Thanks for all your support!
> 
> In Solidarity,
> Sue
> Sue Udry
> Executive Director
> 
> Background:
> 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=isEcS%2BzzZZ1dLpYBex0VBCsOk6g5a0mW>
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>  Click here for more information about John Jacob's infiltration of the Olympia 
>
> Port Militarization Resistance
> 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=3FYebH%2FR7d%2F9OU%2Fh4kQkZCsOk6g5a0mW>
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>  Click here for more  information about the FBI's infiltration of Iowa peace 
> groups.
> 
><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=%2F7jmtTRrH4FRkoRWyapJQisOk6g5a0mW>
>>
>  Click here for more information about the FBI investigation and attempts to 
> harass Scott Crow.
> 
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