FBI's massive files alarm anti-war, other activists

Chicago Tribune

Items compiled from Tribune news services
Published July 18, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The FBI has collected at least 3,500 pages of internal documents in the past several years on a handful of civil rights and anti-war groups in what the groups charge is an attempt to stifle political opposition to the Bush administration.

The FBI has in its files 1,173 pages of internal documents on the American Civil Liberties Union and 2,383 pages on Greenpeace, the Justice Department disclosed in a court filing this month in Washington.

The filing came as part of a lawsuit brought by groups that claim the FBI has engaged in a pattern of surveillance against critics of the administration.