This case was filed in conjunction with a case that is being managed by the National ACLU office. After it was revealed that the Pentagon conducted spying operations in Georgia, the ACLU of Georgia filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA”) requests on behalf of several peace groups. These groups included the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition and School of the Americas Watch. The ACLU of Georgia held a press conference and provided copies of a number of documents that have been gathered and concern federal, state, and local government spying on law-abiding citizens.
As a result of the FOIA requests, the ACLU has discovered that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (“FBI”) has monitored and infiltrated various political, environmental, anti-war, and faith-based groups.