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A Review of the FBI's Investigations of Certain Domestic Advocacy Groups

Chapter Three: The Thomas Merton Center

IV. CDC Response To Merton Center Document Release

Finally, we believe that the FBI's Chief Division Counsel (CDC) for the Pittsburgh Field Division took prompt and appropriate action when he read the documents related to the FBI's investigation of the Merton Center. The CDC told us he was "taken aback" when he first read the Merton Center documents released in response to the FOIA request, including the 2002 EC, the 2003 Letterhead Memorandum, and the source reports relating to the POG meetings. The CDC took immediate action to address the concerns he spotted. He told us he brought his concerns to the Pittsburgh Field Division's Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Special Agent in Charge. After the FOIA release in March 2006, the CDC conducted a series of PowerPoint training sessions with the Pittsburgh Field Division agents on FBI investigative activities and the First Amendment.

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