Enemies within

Mother Jones
by James Ridgeway

06/08/06

President Bush has insisted that the NSA's controversial wiretapping program was aimed only at calls to or from overseas locations. But if homegrown terrorists are just as dangerous as terrorists abroad, then wouldn't domestic wiretaps become equally justified? And with the Bush Justice Department defining what constitutes a domestic terrorist, who will end up on list of justifiable targets? There are plenty of answers already on record from the long history of the FBI. During J. Edgar Hoover's reign from 1924 to 1972, a primary mission of the FBI was to gather intelligence on any persons or group Hoover deemed subversive -- the 'enemies within' At least 26,000 individuals were at one point cataloged on an FBI list of persons to be rounded up in the event of a 'national emergency'...

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