On December 2, 2004, the Colorado ACLU invoked the Freedom of Information Act on behalf of 16 organizations and 10 individuals, seeking disclosure from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) of the files on it keeps on peaceful and nonviolent political activity.

At a press conference announcing the FOIA campaign, the ACLU of Colorado presented a detailed powerpoint presentation, based on files obtained from the Denver police Spy Files litigation, showing that the FBI had also been monitoring and keeping files on how Colorado activists exercise their First Amendment rights. 

The FOIA request was part of a nation-wide ACLU campaign to uncover the full extent of FBI political surveillance. The national ACLU and at least a half-dozen additional state ACLU affiliates filed similar requests for FBI documents the same day. The Colorado ACLU and other state affiliates filed additional FOIA requests in 2005.    

In four subsequent news releases, the ACLU of Colorado disclosed files obtained through these FOIA requests that demonstrated that the FBI has been keeping files on peaceful political activity, often in files classified as "domestic terrorism."  The ACLU of Colorado relied on these documents in correspondence asking Denver officials to end their participation in the FBI task force.  

The ACLU's clients: 16 organizations, 10 indivduals:

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Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorado Legal Director