Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Pentagon admits spying on anti- "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" groups

It's now April and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) reports at least partial success with their January Freedom of Information (FoI) request to have the Pentagon release the names of LGBT groups surveilled as part of its TALON program. In the documents released by the DoD yesterday, the government admits spying upon groups opposing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy at New York University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Santa Cruz.

When this story first broke in December 2005, it was reported that a "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" protest at University of California Santa Cruz, which included a gay kiss-in, was labeled as a "credible threat" of terrorism by the Pentagon.
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More admissions may be forthcoming as the DoD digs deeper into their TALON files. It must be a big job answering these pesky FoI requests, sorting through all the potential terrorist groups that have been spied upon, especially when the net is cast so wide as to include gay kiss-ins, Quakers, and also according to the ACLU; Greenpeace, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and even those peacefully protesting a meeting of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association.