PROTECT 1ST AMENDMENT ACTIVITIES FROM FBI INVESTIGATION In January of 1991, just before th

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PROTECT 1ST AMENDMENT ACTIVITIES FROM FBI INVESTIGATION In January of 1991, just before the Persian Gulf War the FBI made unannounced visits to the homes and office of prominent Arab Americans, having no reason other than ethnic background to believe that any of those interviewed had any knowledge of terrorism. Similarly, in the CISPES case of the mid-1980s, the FBI put Americans who opposed U.S. government policy toward El Salvador under investigation for allegedly supporting international terrorism. In these and other cases the FBI continues to investigate lawful activities -- taking pictures at demonstrations, conducting surveillance of religious services, monitoring conferences -- of citizens who come into contact with foreign nationals, who peacefully oppose U.S. foreign policy or who come from a certain background. The FBI First Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 50) would establish by federal statute what ought to be self-evident, that the FBI should only investigate Americans whom it suspects of being involved in criminal activity. It would preserve politician and religious liberty by requiring that the FBI follow a criminal standard when opening and conducting investigations that may involve the collection of information on First Amendment activities. Currently there are no statutory guidelines for FBI investigations. Write or call your Representative. Urge you Representative to co- sponsor the FBI First Amendment Protection Act (HR 50) and ask Senator to consider introducing similar legislation in the Senate. Congress ought to do all it can to ensure that the FBI does not improperly conduct surveillance of Americans engaged in lawful expression of views. ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher://aclu.org:6601 | American Civil Liberties Union National Office ftp://aclu.org | mailto:infoaclu@aclu.org | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"

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