This video from the USA says about itself:
As the US Attorney scandal rages, another Alberto Gonzales scandal has flared up – this time concerning his pressuring then A.G. John Ashcroft to sign domestic spying orders.
From the New York Times in the USA:
Army Looking Into Monitoring of Protest Groups
By WILLIAM YARDLEY
Published: August 1, 2009
SEATTLE — The Army says it has opened an inquiry into a claim that one of its employees spent more than two years infiltrating antiwar groups active near one of the nation’s largest military bases. The groups say the employee infiltrated their activities under an assumed name and gained access to their plans as well as names and e-mail addresses of some members.
The man, John J. Towery, a civilian employee at Fort Lewis, south of Tacoma, Wash., works as a criminal intelligence analyst for the post’s Force Protection Division, say officials at Fort Lewis, the nation’s third largest Army post.
The Army would not disclose the nature of the investigation or address the claim that Mr. Towery had shared information about civilians. It said Mr. Towery was not available for an interview. …
Stephen Dycus, a professor at Vermont Law School who focuses on national security issues, said the Army was prohibited from conducting law enforcement among civilians except in very rare circumstances, none of which immediately appeared to be relevant to the Fort Lewis case. Mr. Dycus said several statutes and rules also prohibited the Army from conducting covert surveillance of civilian groups for intelligence purposes.
“Infiltration is a really big deal,” he said. He said it “raises fundamental questions about the role of the military in American society.”
See also here.
CIA Director Leon Panetta used a Washington Post opinion column Sunday to warn Congress against pursuing any investigation into the crimes carried out by the agency under the Bush administration: here.