14 February 2008

Conscripting Spies?

Did the U.S. State Department ask a Fulbright scholar and a group of Peace Corps volunteers to spy on Cubans and Venezuelans in Bolivia?

Via LANR, ABC News ran the story last Friday.

My first response was "Are you kidding?! Is this for real?!" Then, when I slow down to think about it, and read the article all the way through, I can see it happening all too regularly. I mean, the Bush administration has pretty effectively turned every conceivable government office, wittingly or no, into a cog in the surveillance machine in the so-called War on Terror. Why not the Peace Corps, too? There's probably a memo, if anybody digs a little, instructing State Dept. officials to include this in their regular briefings.