New Document Shows FBI Spied on Denver Bookstore and Protesters

March 29 2006, 10:53 PM
The ACLU today released an additional document it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request that shows the FBI conducted surveillance of the now-defunct Breakdown bookstore in Denver and 40 anti-war protesters who had gathered there in 2003 to travel to an event in Colorado Springs.
As part of a "domestic terrorism" investigation, the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force conducted surveillance of a Denver bookstore on February 15, 2003 and monitored 40 people who gathered there to carpool to an anti-war demonstration in Colorado Springs later that day, according to an FBI report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.
Mark Silverstein, the Legal Director of the ACLU of Colorado, asks a good question:
"Why is the FBI conducting surveillance of a bookstore, monitoring the persons who gather there, and keeping files with lists of license plate numbers?"
The Breakdown bookstore was at 14th and Ogden. You can read the document here. (pdf)