Pentagon May Be Tracking Activists
December 14, 2005
WASHINGTON â€” The Pentagon has a secret database that indicates the U.S. military may be collecting information on Americans who oppose the Iraq war and may be monitoring peace demonstrations, NBC reported Tuesday.
The database, obtained by the network, lists 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the United States over a 10-month period and includes four dozen antiwar meetings or protests, some aimed at military recruiting, “NBC’s Nightly News” said.
The network said the document was the first look at how the Pentagon had stepped up intelligence collection in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 attacks.
The report quoted what it said was a secret d! ocument as concluding: “We have noted increased communication between protest groups using the Internet” but not a “significant connection” between incidents.