FBI's Pre-Emptive Interrogations Of "Possible" Demonstrators

Here's a pretty scary article by Bob Barr at Findlaw.com. Basically -- in case you didn't know(!) -- we're back in the early 1970s and the era of Cointelpro. Read on...

The FBI, no longer content with working to maintain order at political events, is now preemptively identifying and interrogating ("interviewing") possible demonstrators. It has summarized this strategy in a memo.

To make matters worse, the Department of Justice blessed the FBI strategy in its own memo - suggesting that no First Amendment concerns are raised by the interrogations.

As I will explain in this column, however, the truth is quite to the contrary: The strategy, as outlined in the memo, is a serious threat to free speech.