ABC Evening News for Friday, Jan 29, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Lawyer Margaret Ratner, of Center for Constitutional Rights, featured. Org.'s role in documenting allegations that FBI surveillance was used against opponents of President Reagan's Central American policy recalled. [RATNER - discusses freedoms of First Amendment; says FBI photographed those who went to demonstrations.] FBI's position that it was looking for criminal activities in National Council of Churches, UAW, NEA (National Education Association) etc. noted. FBI surveillance policy said beginning with investigation of CISPES, Committee in Solidarity with People of El Salvador; excerpts shown from secret FBI communications calling for plan of attack against CISPES. Issue of political motivation of FBI investigations detailed. [Representative Don EDWARDS - says FBI should not investigate orgs. for their political beliefs.] [CISPES spokesperson Donna MANDEL - says documents indicate FBI trying to intimidate group.] [Young America's Fndn. spokesperson Ron ROBINSON - believes there were illegal activities on college campuses.] FBI targets reported to include Sanctuary mvt., Florida State Univ. students, Tucson Committee for Human Rights. [Tucson Committee for Human Rights. spokesperson John MILES - says FBI tried to intimidate group.] [FBI spokesperson Buck REVELL - says FBI only concerned with acts people commit.] Ratner's career as legal activist outlined; photos shown. [RATNER - says FBI impinges on human rights.]
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