'FBI improperly investigated Greenpeace activists, other advocacy groups post 9/11'

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Washington, Sep 21(ANI): The FBI used 'troubling' tactics in singling out Greenpeace and other American advocacy groups after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and put some of their members on terrorist watch lists based on "factually weak" evidence, a Justice Department review has said.

The FBI also investigated People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Catholic Worker and Thomas Merton Center after antiwar rallies and other protests were held during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

However, the internal review by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine did not conclude that the FBI purposely targeted the groups or their members.

Fine also revealed that the FBI continued to maintain investigative files against the groups.

"In several cases there was little indication of any possible federal crimes. In some cases, the FBI classified some investigations relating to nonviolent civil disobedience under its 'acts of terrorism' classification," The Los Angeles Times quoted Fine, as saying.

FBI's Deputy Director Timothy P. Murphy however defended the investigations, saying that they were launched after tips suggested potential criminal activities.

"We are pleased the report concludes the FBI did not target any groups for investigation on the basis of their 1st Amendment activities," Murphy said. (ANI)

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