National Guard Denies Spying Claims-New Allegations Raised

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 6, 2005

The advocacy groups Raging Grannies and Code Pink held a peaceful protest on Mother’s Day at the State Capitol… Controversy erupted after a newspaper report unveiled e-mails that indicated National Guard officials had monitored their activities.

Members of both groups were invited to a meeting at the Guard’s headquarters Tuesday where officials told them news coverage of the event was tracked for public relations purposes. But Code Pink member and attorney Natalie Wormeli says she’s still concerned. 

“I was never worried about me personally being monitored, I don’t worry about that. I worry that other peoples’ constitutional rights and privacy rights are being interfered with.” 

Meanwhile, a state Senator ordered the California National Guard to turn over documents to determine if a unit was established for domestic surveillance.

Senator Joe Dunn is now raising concerns that evidence pertaining to his committee’s investigation has been destroyed.  A spokesman says the National Guard is working to comply with Dunn’s requests for information.