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Michigan Police Admit Officers Spied on Anti-War Activists

Grand Rapids, Mich. -- When opposition to the Iraq war began to mount last year, undercover officers were sent to anti-war meetings and rallies to collect intelligence, the city's police chief confirmed.

Chief Harry Dolan said the action was taken after police received information that activists planned unlawful activities, such as blocking traffic on a downtown street.

Police had reason for heightened concern after 12 people were arrest at a January 2003 rally protesting an appearance by President Bush, Dolan said. Those taken into custody had marched through downtown streets after the main rally had concluded.

"We are living in a different time now," Dolan told The Grand Rapids Press newspaper Sunday.

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