Antiwar.com Editors Sue FBI for Surveillance Files

By:  Jack Kenny
05/23/2013
       
Antiwar.com Editors Sue FBI for Surveillance Files

The editors of Antiwar.com are suing the FBI for access to surveillance files they say the agency has compiled on them and their online magazine.

A news article appearing on the publication's website Wednesday said founder and managing editor Eric Garris and editorial director Justin Raimondo are demanding release of records. The suit was filed Tuesday at the San Francisco Division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Both Garris and Raimondo live and work in the San Francisco Bay area.

The announcement comes on the heels of reports of two government investigations of journalists in regard to news leaks of classified information. One involved government seizure of call records from 20 Associated Press phone lines for a two-month period in a 2010 investigation of a news leak about a clandestine CIA operation in Yemen. The other concerns an FBI investigation of Fox New reporter James Rosen as a possible "aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator" in the leak of classified information regarding North Korea's intention to launch a missile in response to a condemnation of its nuclear testing by the United Nations Security Council. Both investigations have sparked widespread criticism of government interference with news gathering operations and intimidation of news sources. Surveillance of Antiwar.com fits the same pattern of abuse, according to Wednesday's article, written by Kelley B. Vlahos.

"Antiwar.com says this is one more example of post-9/11 government overreach, and a stark reminder that the First Amendment has been treated as little more than a speed bump on the road to a government surveillance state," reported Vlahos, who noted she is a frequent contributor to the publication. 

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