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dbeach Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:00 PM
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CA Natl Guard investigated for domestic spying.
"rules" are "unclear"??




http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_2872487

State senate: Big Brother was watching
Investigation into National Guard widens; unit may face subpoenas, contempt charges


A probe into a domestic surveillance unit within the California National Guard ballooned Tuesday into a full-blown investigation into widespread allegations of spying on U.S. citizens, misuse of state money and retaliation against Guard troops who brought the allegations to light.
Sen. Joseph Dunn, D-Santa Ana, said after a Capitol
hearing that he will order top National Guard officers to testify under oath after they refused to do so voluntarily. He might seek contempt of Legislature charges against those officers because, he said, the state military department has stonewalled his efforts to get documents about a secret unit called the "Information Synchronization, Knowledge, Management and Intelligence Fusion" unit.

That unit collected information on a Mother's Day anti-war protest in front of the state Capitol. Dunn described the unit as the "tip of the iceberg" of domestic spying units within the California National Guard.

It remains unclear what rules govern that work, according to Mark Schlosberg, who reviews police policy for the ACLU's Northern California chapter. "Whatever regulation they have should make it clear that they should not be monitoring people who are engaged in protest activity or other First Amendment-protected activity, unless there is reasonable suspicion of a crime," he said. "Then it is questionable why the National Guard should have a unit when there are other federal, state and local law-enforcement entities who already are doing this work." "


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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:14 PM
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1. does anyone recall a pic of the Nat. Guard that on DU a while back-at
a war protest rally in LA ( I believe).
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dbeach Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:49 PM
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2. dunno ??
I was thinking back to Woodstck and the NG choppers that were there to help out so I suppose the NG could show up about anywhere..but if this is true..that the NG has a domestice spy unit???..then where are the laws that put it into effect??

ALWAYS good to hear from Rodeodance
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