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ACLU probes FBI anti-terrorism task forces

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the FBI seeking information on why the agency task forces set up to combat terrorism also looked into animal rights, environmental, and anti-war groups. The ACLU is seeking FBI files on individuals and groups that have been interviewed, investigated or subjected to searches by the task forces and also want information on how these task forces are funded. The FBI has denied singling out individuals or groups for investigation based on activities protected by the Constitution's guarantees of free speech and say their agents adhere to the Justice Department guidelines. The ACLU can sue to recover the documents if the FBI declines to turn over the information. The ACLU has more information on its request here. AP has more.

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