First, it is our profound hope that this request shows our fears to be unfounded. No one wants to believe that their own government is keeping files on law-abiding citizens. However, news reports as well as our own experience lead us to believe otherwise. If it was our freedoms that were under attack on 9-11, then it is especially important that we who lost so much that day work to protect those freedoms from both outright attack and slow erosion, from wherever they are threatened. We cannot believe that it is necessary to destroy our freedoms in order to protect them.
New York Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004
NYCLU Seeks FBI Files on NY Political Groups and Activists
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maggie Gram, 212.344.3004 x244 / 917.402.8376
Donna Lieberman, 212.344.3005 x232
March 14, 2006 –In light of recent revelations that the FBI and local law enforcement are spying on people engaged in peaceful political and religious activity, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed Freedom of Information requests today on behalf of itself and fourteen of New York