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ACLU says FBI was watching Occupy Oakland

- Associated Press - Friday, September 14, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. — Documents show the FBI was keeping a watchful eye on Occupy Oakland protests last year.

The Oakland Tribune ( says the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California obtained 13 pages of documents through a public records request.

The documents include FBI reports on Occupy protests in Oakland, a meeting on how to deal with a possible airport demonstration and an alert to corporate security officials before December's attempt to shut down the Port of Oakland.

The ACLU said Thursday that the FBI refuses to release another 24 pages of documents, saying it needs to protect confidential informants and national security.

ACLU attorney Linda Lye says the civil rights organization wants to find out why Occupy demonstrations rise to the level of FBI interest.

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