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
> 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:
> ----- Forwarded Message ----
> From: Defending Dissent Foundation [mailto:sue.udry@...]
> Sent: Friday, July 01, 2011 5:03 AM
> To: jellingston@...
> Subject: Celebrate July 4th - FOIA Yourself!
> 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.
> That's especially important right now, as the FBI is about to adopt new
> 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:
> * 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
> 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
> 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.
> Click here to make a contribution.
> DDF has been leading the lobby effort
> against extending FBI Director Mueller?s term. We?ve reminded Congress
> 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
> 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
> 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 Udry
> Executive Director
> Click here for more information about John Jacob's infiltration of the Olympia
> Port Militarization Resistance
> Click here for more information about the FBI's infiltration of Iowa peace
> Click here for more information about the FBI investigation and attempts to
> harass Scott Crow.
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