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Documents Show FBI Kept Close Eye On Occupy Oakland Protests

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A protester is detained by police during a rally for International Worker's Day on May 1, 2012 in Oakland. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

A protester is detained by police during a rally for International Worker’s Day on May 1, 2012 in Oakland. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Documents show the FBI was keeping a watchful eye on Occupy Oakland protests last year.

The Oakland Tribune (bit.ly/Q6Fxmg) reports that the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California obtained 13 pages of documents through a public records request.

The documents include FBI reports on Occupy protests in Oakland, a meeting on how to deal with a possible airport demonstration and an alert to corporate security officials before December’s attempt to shut down the Port of Oakland.

The ACLU said Thursday that the FBI refuses to release another 24 pages of documents, saying it needs to protect confidential informants and national security.

ACLU attorney Linda Lye said the civil rights organization wants to find out why Occupy demonstrations rise to the level of FBI interest.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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