"On one hand it seemed almost funny that we would be considered a threat to national security, but it’s very scary, because what we are engaging in is free speech, and free speech by ordinary citizens and journalists is now being considered a threat to national security and they don’t have to prove it because the government has the ability to suppress information and not disclose any of their activities"
Eric Garris, founder of Antiwar.com, which is suing the FBI after a memo revealed that the agency was spying on the website’s staff to determine if they posed a national security threat.
The ACLU is filing a request with the FBI surrounding the same controversy after its repeated FOIA submissions have returned empty.
ACLU sues Obama administration over spying of news organizations, including Antiwar.com
Today the ACLU sued the FBI in a freedom of the press lawsuit on behalf of two editors at a libertarian online magazine. After learning that their Bay Area-based site, Antiwar.com, was the subject of FBI surveillance, Eric Garris and Justin Raimondo sought the documents the government had compiled on both them and the site. After a year, the FBI has failed to produce any documents, so Garris and Raimondo do not know the full extent of the surveillance and whether it is ongoing. The editors are asking the FBI to turn over relevant documents, and to stop collecting records of their constitutionally protected speech.
Another scandal emerges under Obama as the ACLU sues the FBI over spying of news organization Antiwar.com.