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In its efforts to root out terrorists, the Bush Administration is weakening the powers of the United States Constitution. From military tribunals to unjustified detentions, its actions conjure up images of fascist regimes rather than democratic institutions. The US Justice Department is taking furthers steps that will allow it greater freedom to tap phones, to read emails, and to listen in on client-lawyer conversations. US Attorney General John Ashcroft also wants to relax restrictions on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation can spy on religious and political organisations. These surveillance guidelines were originally imposed on the FBI in the 1970s after it was revealed that they were conducting widespread domestic surveillance programs targeting everyone from anti-Vietnam war demonstrators to the Black Panther Party. The program was called Cointelpro. The world's leading expert on the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program is Ward Churchill.
Ward Churchill is professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado. He is a prolific author. Among his many books are The Cointelpro Papers, Agents of Repression, and A Little Matter of Genocide.