Friday, August 05, 2005

AFSC/Protest/Free Speech

Few clues about cops' spy operations

Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago/IL/USA/5-Aug-05
The Chicago police gang-intelligence unit launched four "First Amendment" investigations in 2003, but a recently released audit does not provide any detail about the targets.

Under a federal consent decree, the department is required to report every investigation that involves a person or group's free-speech rights.

An internal audit of 2002 investigations, released last year, set off a firestorm after revealing that five protest groups were infiltrated by Chicago police officers. The groups, including the American Friends Service Committee, alleged in federal court that the city violated the consent decree by publishing the identity of the targeted groups. ...


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