Rights groups suing FBI to release records.

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Five civil rights, animal rights, and environmental groups have sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to release records about the monitoring of anti-war and other political activities by federal agents assigned to counterterrorism duties.

The American Civil Liverties Union (ACLU) said the decision to file a lawsuit May 18 in U.S. District Court in Washington came after the FBI ignored Freedom of Information Act requests for the documents. Other organizations involved are the American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee, Greenpeace, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and United for Peace and Justice.

The groups say they have been subjected to scrutiny by task forces set up to combat terrorism.

The FBI has denied singling out individuals or groups for surveillance or investigation based solely on activities protected by the Constitution's guarantees of free speech. Officials have said agents adhere strictly to Justice Department guidelines...

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