New documents confirm government is spying on political activists, could use Domain Awareness Centers to expand spyingTuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm by Matthew Kellegrew
New documents have been released regarding the covert, US Army-led infiltration and surveillance of Washington State anti-war activists. A newly disclosed email from infiltrator and spy John Towery and the Joint Terrorism Task Force files on two of the anti-war activists, Brendan Dunn and Jeff Berryhill, clearly show that the Army was in fact conducting the spying operation that involved multiple state and federal police agencies. From their press release:
Public records obtained last month by Olympia activist Paul French reveal new evidence in the widely-watched Army spying case Panagacos v. Towery. An email from November 2007, in particular, shows that intelligence analyst John J. Towery was paid by the Army to infiltrate political groups and share unlawfully obtained intelligence with a growing network of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, and police departments in Los Angeles, Portland, Eugene, Everett, and Spokane. The Towery email not only represents a broader spying program than previously thought, it also confirms the program was led by the Army, a fact contradicted by Towery’s 2009 sworn statements.
The email details Towery’s focus on collecting political literature confirming that the government’s focus has been on activists political beliefs, something long suspected by demonstrators.