Remember this, the next time you are tempted to dismiss accusations of political harassment as somehow implausible.
Protesters Subjected To 'Pretext Interviews': New FBI documents to be released today show that anti-terrorism agents who questioned antiwar protesters last summer in Denver were conducting “pretext interviews” that did not lead to any information about criminal activity.
The memos were obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of ongoing litigation and provide a glimpse of the FBI's controversial efforts to interview dozens of members of leftist protest groups before the party conventions last year in Boston and New York.
Instead, one heavily censored memo from the FBI's Denver field office, dated Aug. 2, 2004, characterized the effort as “pretext interviews to gain general information concerning possible criminal activity at the upcoming political conventions and presidential election.”
This is how freedom gets eroded, drip by drip.
If this story is true, then it seems that the federal police apparatus is now at least as corrupt (morally, not in the bribery sense) as it was in Nixon's day. Given everything else we are hearing, maybe even more so.
Democracy was in danger then, and it's in danger now.