This morning, thanks to Instanpundit, we know that The Wall Street Journal is reporting on the FBI's Operation VIGILENT EAGLE. This is an operation that started when George Bush was still President of the United States. It is being done in cooperation with the Department of Defense. And, we are promised they are concerned about our civil rights.
Michael Ward, FBI deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, said in an interview Thursday that the portion of the operation focusing on the military related only to veterans who draw the attention of Defense Department officials for joining white-supremacist or other extremist groups.The government, at all levels, need to be vigilent with regard to extremists of all stripes. They need to do that while protecting the rights of all citizens (including the extremists) and avoiding actions that polarize the people.
"We're not doing an investigation into the military, we're not looking at former military members," he said. "It would have to be something they were concerned about, or someone they're concerned is involved" with extremist groups.
Mr. Ward said that the FBI's general counsel reviewed the operation before it began, "to make sure any tripwires we set do not violate any civil liberties."
Regards — Cliff