Friday, June 30, 2006

TALON update - DoD delivers (and ICE holds back)

The Department of Defense (DoD) has delivered some more TALON documents pursuant to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's (SLDN) Freedom of Information (FoI) lawsuit. The DoD has confirmed it conducted surveillance on a more extensive level than previously reported.

SLDN Executive Director has a good quote in their press release:
Federal government agencies have no business peeping through the keyholes of Americans who choose to exercise their first amendment rights. Americans are guaranteed a fundamental right to free speech and free expression, and our country’s leaders should never be allowed to undermine those freedoms. Surveillance of private citizens must stop. It is the suppression of our constitutional rights, and not the practice of them, that undermines our national security. It is patently absurd that this administration has linked sexual orientation with terrorism. [emphasis added]
If you are interested in the gory details, be sure to read the letter the DoD sent containing the redacted emails of the 'terrorists'. In spite of the DoD's promise to deliver on the FoI request, apparently the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has decided to hold back something still.

We have commented on the TALON case at several junctures. Here is the most recent blog, which leads to some of the earlier ones.