Pentagon: yes, we spied on homos
In addition to looking at the homeland security threat posed by Quakers, grannies and vegans, the Pentagon now admits it has been spending your tax dollars on surveillance of the radical Homosexual AgendaTM, according to the good folks at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).
The Pentagon TALON reports were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed by SLDN, to confirm that organizations working for the repeal Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell were under surveillance.
“The Department of Defense has now confirmed the existence of a surveillance program monitoring LGBT groups,” said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of SLDN. “Pentagon leaders have also acknowledged inappropriately collecting some of the information in the TALON database. That information should be destroyed and no similar surveillance should be authorized in the future. Free expression is not a threat to our national security.”
Although the recently released TALON reports may not be a complete list of groups monitored, it does confirm domestic surveillance of protests at New York University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. DoD has indicated that it continues to search for other documents related to SLDNâ€™s FOIA request.
Hat tip, PageOneQ.