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From Democracy Now!:

ACLU Criticizes Bush’s New Iraq Executive Order
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a warning about a little noticed Executive Order recently signed by President Bush. The executive order authorizes the Treasury Department to freeze and confiscate the assets of anyone connected to the Iraq insurgency. But the ACLU says the order contains sweeping provisions that pose risks for residents of the United States and for humanitarian workers in Iraq. The order allows the Treasury Department to freeze the funds of anyone who indirectly threatens the peace or stability of Iraq, or who undermines efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform. Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU said “This Executive Order reaches far beyond criminal activity to activity that may be entirely innocent. A person may find herself inadvertently in violation of this order and there is no provision for judicial review.” A recent Washington Post article on the issue began with this sentence QUOTE “Be careful what you say and whom you help — especially when it comes to the Iraq war and the Iraqi government.”

FBI Seeks to Build Spy Network of 15,000 Informants
ABC News is reporting the FBI is recruiting thousands of undercover informants to help the agency spy inside the United States. According to a recent unclassified report to Congress, the FBI wants to build a network of more than 15,000 informants. ABC reports the aggressive push for more secret informants appears to be part of a new effort to grow its intelligence and counterterrorism efforts. Other recent proposals include expanding its collection and analysis of data on U.S. persons, retaining years’ worth of Americans’ phone records and increasing so-called “black bag” secret entry operations.

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