Documents reveal CIA activity at past political conventions

Last year, the Central Intelligence Agency released a raft of documents detailing sensitive and controversial operations from its past – including surveillance programs aimed at U.S journalists, and drug experiments conducted on unwilling test subjects. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Also revealed in the so-called “Family Jewels” files were extensive patterns of involvement with domestic police agencies – ranging from training, to loaning equipment, to assisting with the surveillance of political groups inside the United States. In addition, the documents detail CIA operations at the national political conventions during the late 1960s. These past activities raise intriguing questions for the present, as the federal government’s security apparatus begins to deploy itself in Saint Paul, in advance of the 2008 Republican National Convention. Continue Reading