IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — New FBI documents show extensive surveillance of Iowa City protest groups before the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
The Des Moines Register reports Monday that political activists were secretly photographed and FBI agents staked out their homes. FBI counterterrorism records also show that agents went through activists' garbage, cell phone and motor vehicle records.
The FBI documents were provided to the newspaper by former University of Iowa Antiwar Committee member David Goodner, who obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act request. The records also show other law enforcement officials documented activists as they visited libraries, food stores, restaurants, taverns and a church.