Yeah, we're not using the war on terrorism to spy on protestors, we just need to spy on protestors in order to determine if they're terrorists so we know whether or not to be at war with them....um, or um, something like that. Yeah, right guys.
FBI Publicly Denies Spying on Protesters
WASHINGTON - Senior FBI officials took the unusual step Tuesday of publicly declaring that agents are not using the war against terrorism as a cover to collect information on people who demonstrate against the government.
John Pistole, assistant FBI director for counterterrorism, told The Associated Press in an interview that recent allegations by civil liberties groups and some members of Congress about such an intelligence effort are "flat-out wrong."
"We have to have some type of predicate, some foundation, some basis for saying, 'This person poses some type of threat,'" Pistole said. "The endgame is not to collect intelligence for political purposes. The endgame is to prevent terrorism or criminal activity."