From Democracy Now. Peacefully exercising civil liberties is becoming increasingly regarded as domestic terrorism by federal agencies. The costs associated with domestic surveillance are high and produce few results.
Civil liberties advocates are raising alarm over news the FBI is giving agents more leeway to conduct domestic surveillance. According to the New York Times, new guidelines will allow FBI agents to investigate people and organizations “pro-actively” without firm evidence for suspecting criminal activity. We speak to former FBI agent Mike German, who now works at the American Civil Liberties Union, and Texas activist, Scott Crow, who has been the focus of intense FBI surveillance from 2001 until at least 2008.