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Amnesty: did FBI watch hurt dissidents on trial?

Amnesty International, the London-based human rights group, called Tuesday for a US inquiry into the influence of domestic surveillance on criminal trials of militants in the Un ited States.

The report, with a focus on the separate murder convictions of Elmer Pratt, a Black Panther leader, and Richard Marshall, a member of the American Indian Movement, suggests an "irregularity" in the pattern of criminal cases brought against activists after being picked out for FBI surveillance.

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The report suggests that FBI activities went beyond intelligence gathering so as to disrupt target groups and were aimed at "discrediting," "demoralizing," and "fomenting violence" among memebers of activist groups.

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