Newly revealed FBI files show the agency is tracking peaceful protesters in the US.
The documents show surveillance of non-violent environmental activists was being gathered and “cataloged as part of a related domestic terrorism case” and 350.org’s co-founder, Bill McKibben, was mentioned in the documents.
The FBI has been criticized for treating non-violent civil disobedience as a form of terrorism. In 2010, a report was released detailing he FBI had tracked activist groups for engaging in non-violent protest.
The Guardian reported the FBI had kept files on many activists connected with 350.org. The files date back to 2016 when the group was helping to organize the “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” campaign. The names have been redacted, but the documents reference three peaceful protesters from Iowa who were arrested while protesting a BP refinery in Indiana.
The FBI’s investigative documents obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request by the Guardian can be found here.