Former Army employee collected data on war protesters

Ex-worker at JBLM collected activist data
by JEREMY PAWLOSKI

A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord employee who spied on war protests in Olympia helped compile detailed information on protesters, including names, photos, addresses and, in some cases, Social Security numbers, according to 133 pages of law enforcement records released by the City of Tacoma.

A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord employee who spied on war protests in Olympia helped compile detailed information on protesters, including their names, photos, addresses and, in some cases, Social Security numbers, according to 133 pages of law enforcement records released by the City of Tacoma.

The records relate to a Pierce County detective’s recruitment and use of John Towery, the former JBLM employee, as a confidential informant who conducted surveillance of local protesters against the Iraq war.
The detailed information collected about the protesters continues to be stored by area law enforcement agencies, said Tim Smith, who requested the documents.

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