The FBI improperly investigated some left-leaning U.S. advocacy groups after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Justice Department said Monday. DoJ cited cases in which agents surveilled and put activists on terrorist watch lists even though they were planning and conducted nonviolent civil disobedience.
And what are the consequences?
“After more than four years of investigation and an exhaustive review of hundreds of investigative decisions the FBI made after the September 11 attacks,” said FBI spokesman Michael P. Kortan, the report “did not uncover even a single instance where the FBI targeted any group or any individual based on the exercise of a First Amendment right.”
He added that although Fine had “disagreed with a handful of the FBI’s investigative determinations over the course of six years,” the inspector general “has not recommended any significant modifications to the FBI’s authority to investigate criminal conduct or national security threats.”
As we noted earlier, thank goodness Fredo, Ashcroft et al. can’t whitewash the whole thing. Imagine the cynicism.