The American Civil Liberties Union is renewing efforts to pry loose secret data about individuals and organizations that local governments consider potential terrorist threats, says the Associated Press. After litigating for nearly two years, the group’s New Jersey chapter is filing requests under the state’s Open Public Records Act for information on federal antiterror funding applications. The applications list up to 15 individuals or groups that could be considered potential terrorist threats.
“Sadly, we know that the federal government has recently spied on or targeted organizations, such as the Quakers and pro-peace groups, not because they pose a threat but rather due to their political beliefs,” said the ACLU’s Edward Barocas. “We want to make sure that our own New Jersey government officials are not doing likewise.”