Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


As the Global Network prepares for its 13th annual space organizing conference in New York City, on April 29-30, a call came into our office today from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU office in Brevard County, Florida (where NASA and the Kennedy Space Center are located) called to inform the Global Network that an ACLU investigation of the Brevard County Sheriff's department has revealed 600-700 pages of internal files documenting extensive infiltration and surveillance of the Global Network and other anti-war activities in the county during recent years. The files contained descriptions of Global Network members as being "anti-American."

The ACLU investigation, which began last January, also revealed that NASA was gathering information on European demonstrations against the launching of weapons and nuclear power in space during recent years. In addition, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), based in Tampa, Florida, had infiltrated the Global Network as late as October of 2002 during the organization's annual Keep Space for Peace Week.

According to the ACLU the investigations centered on Global Network Coordinator Bruce Gagnon and Global Network members Mary Beth Sullivan and Maria Telesca. In addition to infiltration of the organization, the ACLU noted that the investigations included background checks, driving histories, address histories, as well as other information gathering activities. Even my son Julian was investigated as a "related subject."

The ACLU has requested permission to pursue legal action on behalf of Bruce, Mary Beth, and Maria. The ACLU intends to attempt to retrieve all surveillance files gathered on Global Network members and to pursue a possible lawsuit.


Blogger William O said...

Isn't it nice to know you're wanted?
Let us all thank the ACLU. The more publicity for Global Network, the better!

4/20/05, 5:13 PM  
Blogger Postman said...

To me, it's a given that if you pursue any activity that is in any way critical of Government actions, policies and that of their agencies, staff, you will be looked at.

In a sense this is a healthy sign in a democracy - the truly destructive forces will be winkled out - however the mind set of the budget bloating bureaucrats is to turn over every stone, look in every nook, creep into every cranny to keep themselves in a job.

So long as you do nothing illegal - you should be safe and sleep at night.

Here in the UK we worry that the US Gubment policy is to knock out Galileo - I am sure this is on the agenda.

I long ago ceased worrying that my disssenting voice was troubling anyone - just makes me shout louder.

4/21/05, 6:00 AM  

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