The government has seen fit to spend its (our) money, time, and resources to spy on the Thomas Merton Center, one of the more renowned centers in America for peace and social justice.  Although Thomas Merton was a devout Catholic Trappist monk, the center welcomes people of all faiths (or none) who want to make a stand for a more just world.  From the ACLU website:

Two documents released today reveal that the FBI investigated gatherings of the Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Justice just because the organization opposed the war in Iraq.  Although previously disclosed documents show that the FBI is retaining files on anti-war groups, these documents are the first to show conclusively that the rationale for FBI targeting is the group’s opposition to the war.

“It makes no sense that the FBI would be spying on peace activists handing out flyers,” said Jim Kleissler, Executive Director of the Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Justice.  “Our members were simply offering leaflets to passersby, legally and peacefully, and now they’re being investigated by a counter–terrorism unit.  Something is seriously wrong in how our government determines who and what constitutes terrorism when peace activists find themselves targeted.”

Apparently the Bush administration is deathly afraid that pacifists are going to launch an attack?  Or is this a clear example of the paranoia that President Bush and his administration are fraught with?

“I am against war, against violence, against violent revolution, for peaceful settlement of differences, for nonviolent but nevertheless radical changes. Change is needed, and violence will not really change anything: at most it will only transfer power from one set of bull-headed authorities to another.” – Thomas Merton

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