It goes with the territory. If you publicly oppose government policies, you will be watched. Both parties do it. Susan Sarandon also says she was denied a White House security clearance.
I took this photo of her at a Hollywood anti-war rally in 2003 that I helped organize. (As you can see, she looks very very dangerous indeed.) So, I’ve probably been monitored too. This is not paranoia. Antiwar activists in the 1960’s who did FOIA requests twenty years later were stunned when they discovered just how much they’d been watched. All of which is a blip compared to what protesters in Egypt, Syria, and Bahrain endure. Onward.