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Rep. Lewis Condemns Pentagon Surveillance Of Atlanta Peace Activists

January 25, 2006
Press Release

January 25, 2006 - Atlanta, GA. - Congressman John Lewis, himself a former subject of unwarranted FBI surveillance as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and an outspoken critic of the recently revealed NSA domestic spying program, was highly critical of alleged covert Pentagon initiatives that targeted peace activists in Atlanta. He made the following statement in light of this new evidence:

“It is unreal. It is unbelievable that the federal government would waste its time and the hard-earned tax dollars of American citizens spying on peace groups in Atlanta. The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition and other peace activists in Atlanta are working to build pockets of the Beloved Community in America. They are trying to create a better society by addressing the challenges of this nation through nonviolent action. There is nothing within the long, rich history of these organizations that would justify surveillance by the Pentagon. I have said before, and I maintain that in my opinion these domestic spying programs seem to clearly violate of the right to privacy protected by the U.S. Constitution, that these actions must be completely and extensively investigated, and if it is determined that the law has been breached, those who are responsible, regardless of status or position, should be made fully accountable. In our democracy, no individual is above the law.”