Paranoia has creeped its way throughout the entirety of our government from our Commander-in-Chief to various offices of the DOD through corporate monied interests:

A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn’t know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.

“This peaceful, educationally oriented group being a threat is incredible,” says Evy Grachow, a member of the Florida group called The Truth Project.  “I think Americans should be concerned that the military, in fact, has reached too far,” says NBC News military analyst Bill Arkin.

The DOD database obtained by NBC News includes nearly four dozen anti-war meetings or protests, including some that have taken place far from any military installation, post or recruitment center. One “incident” included in the database is a large anti-war protest at Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles last March that included effigies of President Bush and anti-war protest banners. Another incident mentions a planned protest against military recruiters last December in Boston and a planned protest last April at McDonald’s National Salute to America’s Heroes — a military air and sea show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Fort Lauderdale protest was deemed not to be a credible threat and a column in the database concludes: “US group exercising constitutional rights.” Two-hundred and forty-three other incidents in the database were discounted because they had no connection to the Department of Defense — yet they all remained in the database.

Apparently, those of us morally opposed to the war in Iraq are considered threats.  I know this is nothing new in reference to President Bush, but it seems to be infecting our government in its entirety and is stretching into the various corporate strong arms contracted by our tax dollars.  The MSNBC article can be found here.

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