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FBI Intimidation Escalates
25 Jul 2004
Anarchists in Four States Harassed

In what seems to be a campaign to intimidate and discourage activists across the country from attending upcoming protests in Boston, New York, and Washington DC, FBI Agents have tracked, intimidated, and questioned over twenty anarchists in Boston, Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado.

FBI agents have given the subjects of these investigations conflicting reasons for the questioning. One agent in Kansas City stated that the agency was worried about the “E.L.F., the A.L.F. and P.E.T.A.” Another in Denver reportedly mentioned the Anarchist Black Cross and asked activists if they planned to engage in “terrorist activities.” Some agents claimed they were investigating the possibility that news trucks may be attacked by radicals, even though the FBI has not even stated whether the information the investigation is based on is credible or not.
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FBI Intimidation Escalates
It would be a very odd strategy for any activist to use, attacking media trucks. Ever since the birth of anarchism as an ideology the media has generally tried to paint its adherents as bomb-throwing mad men, and anarchists have so often tried to dispel this myth. In the preparation for the DNC the Media and various anarchist groups, such as the Black Tea Society, have interacted a great deal, with local and national news people actually sitting in on organizing meetings. Those members of the media have seen that the Black Tea Society, and Anarchists in general, are not mad, but are actually calm, respectful and reasonable people that rely on egalitarian decision making processes such as consensus to ensure that everyone involved is engaged and happy with the results. Anarchists optimistically envision a society where oppression does not exist, and instead of espousing chaos, they aspire to higher forms of organization.

It would fall directly in line with the tradition of COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program; an FBI operation that brutally disrupted many 60’s radical groups) if this press release concerning attacks on media trucks was a falsehood created to make the media fearful of the anarchists again. Pre-emptive arrests, police intimidation, and the use of disinformation campaigns are also old hat with the feds. They have used and possibly still use techniques that discover fissures in groups that can be exploited to make wider divisions, pitting members who used to be friends against each other. They are experts, and they have been known work in both subtle and direct ways.

This past week’s harassment of protestors who were considering coming to the DNC to voice their opposition to the rulers resembles one of the more direct tactics.

Activists in Boston, Mass; Denver, Colorado; Lawrence and Topeka in Kansas; and Columbia, Kirksville, and Kansas City in Missouri have been questioned, sometimes searched, and in two instances arrested on prior charges.

In Kansas City, agents from the “Joint Terrorism Task Force” contacted the neighbors and employer of one college age activist. They repeatedly asked neighbors “what kind of people are they?’ referring to the activist and his housemates. They then quizzed his housemates, asking them if they knew “of any violence being planned for the DNC, RNC or the inaugural address.” And stated that they were worried about the “E.L.F., A.L.F. and P.E.T.A.”
When activist met the agents began to grill him about violence and he exercised his right not to talk to them.
“When People don’t talk it means they are guilty.” They said, and vowed to return on Tuesday to question him again. The subject’s boss was concerned but did not act to fire or otherwise punish the FBI target.

On the Front Range in Denver…

This story will be continued and edited into a final form ASAP, but please understand that the IMC is understaffed at the moment. We are struggling to cover the BSF while preparing to cover the DNC. If anyone is available to volunteer please contact me at pstidman (at) yahoo.com ASAP. The first comment includes all other stories on this topic. I have also contacted people in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado concerning theses events, please understand that getting the real information takes time, and that I have hardly slept trying to get everything done. IMC plays no favorites, and always tries to protect those who are under threat of prosecution for their political beliefs.
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Re: FBI Intimidation Escalates
25 Jul 2004
Update from Kansas
by Chuck Munson
Email: chuck (nospam) mutualaid.org (unverified!) 23 Jul 2004
Update on FBI activity in Kansas.
Latest Update: 11:50 AM central time:

At this point the FBI has tried to contact at least 20 local anarchists here in Lawrence by phone calls, visiting workplaces, visiting parents, or their own residences.

Things are heating up here.

Kansas Mutual Aid.

Midwest anarchists questioned about RNC, DNC
by Chuck Munson
Email: chuck (nospam) mutualaid.org (unverified!) 23 Jul 2004
Updates on FBI harrasment of activists in Denver, Lawrence, Ks., Columbia, Mo., and Kirksville, Mo.
For Immediate Release
Statement from Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective July 22, 2004

Today we received news from friends and activists in Denver, Colorado pertaining to incidents involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and possibly local law enforcement agencies.

It was communicated to us, that two houses in Denver had been raided by the FBI and that at least two people had been arrested. Their charges and situations are not at this time known to us. We do know that they were asked questions about the upcoming election events including the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, as well as questions about "ABC".

According to the person that contacted us, it is not thought that anything of value had been taken from the houses, but multiple checks of identification occurred. Agents were reported to have made threatening statements to individuals who were attempting to record names and badge numbers of those agents that were present.

This comes on the heels of repeated harrasment at the hands of state agencies of activists in New York and Boston, as well as more locally in Kirksville, Missouri, where activists were questioned by FBI and local agencies about upcoming events surrounding the DNC and RNC.

We here at the Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective, denounce these strong arm tactics by the state's law enforcement agencies. This crackdown on those planning dissent comes right after the 900th U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq, and support for the state's wars abroad and at home wanes.

We call on all activists, dissidents, radicals... all progressive peoples to join in a solid response to this encroachment on our rights as human beings.

We cannot, and will not be intimidated, nor scared into submission. There has never been a more crucial moment in our history to speak out and show opposition and defiance to those that exploit and dominate us and the rest of the world.

Kansas Mutual Aid will continue to monitor these events and find lawyers, raise legal funds, and provide assistance in whatever way we can.

Fear may be their weapon of choice... solidarity will be ours.

In solidarity, forever.

Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective 913-775-1399 kansasmutualaid (at) hotmail.com

Please send any financial contributions to: KMA c/o Solidarity Center 13 W. 14th Street Lawrence, KS 66044

* * * *

Friday July 23 2004 @ 07:10AM PDT:

IMMEDIATE UPDATE:
The FBI has made made contact with the parents of at least one person living in Lawrence, and now word has gotten to us that the FBI has visited at least one anarchist home in Columbia, Missouri!

Please spread this information far and wide... this is a far reaching coordinated effort... being conducted by the join terrorism task forces from various states.

Thanks, Kansas Mutual Aid.

* * * *

An update on our comrades arrested:

At this point, as a point of pure intimidation, our comrades in Denver that
were arrested by the FBI are being charged with failure to pay bike
tickets, and one is being charged with failure to appear in court from a
previous arrest.

The raids on their houses, and the subsequent questioning of comrades in
Denver has been followed by FBI visits to anarchists or relatives of
anarchists in Lawrence and Columbia. This also comes after the FBI made
visits to at least one comrade in Kirksville, Missouri.

This intimidation is happening right before major mobilizations against the
ruling elite in Boston and New York and the Democratic and Republican
National Conventions. We must not be allowed to be intimidated!

We will continue to mobilize, continue to organize, continue to agitate for
a new way of living... and against this culture of exploitation, war,
poverty, prisons, and oppression.

We will continue to update all as we get more news.

If the FBI or any other agenices try to contact you in anyway, please get
in touch with a lawyer first... next, please try to clal us, so we can keep
coordinating this information.

Thanks,
Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective
913-775-1399
kansasmutualaid (at) hotmail.com

Send any donations for legal defense to:
Kansas Mutual Aid
c/o Solidarity Center
13 W 14th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

* * * *

Friday July 23 2004 @ 08:05AM PDT

UPDATE Two un-uniformed people carrying sidearms driving a dark SUV having been spotted knocking on the door and searching the mailbox of a Lawrence anarchist.

We have heard from Denver that the two detained have been transferred out of federal custody and are being held on failure to be appear in court and unpaid parking tickets, respectively.

More Lies About Protestors - They Say We're Going to Attack The Media
by NG
(No verified email address) 23 Jul 2004
The FBI warned Boston television stations yesterday that news trucks might be attacked by members of a radical domestic group that wants to disrupt next week's Democratic National Convention.
The FBI warned Boston television stations yesterday that news trucks might be attacked by members of a radical domestic group that wants to disrupt next week's Democratic National Convention.

This is probably because the media has been somewhat sympathetic towards our concerns about the police state in our city.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/07/23/fbi_w/

FBI warns of possible threat against media
By Shelly Murphy and Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff | July 23, 2004

The FBI warned Boston television stations yesterday that news trucks might be attacked by members of a radical domestic group that wants to disrupt next week's Democratic National Convention.
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''The FBI is investigating information that members of a domestic group plan to disrupt the [convention] by attacking media vehicles," FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said last night.

The FBI didn't release any other details, including the name of the group, when it might attack, or whether the information has been deemed credible.

Marcinkiewicz said the information is being investigated by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston.

Bev Ford, a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department, said the FBI warned Boston police yesterday that media vehicles might be targeted by a domestic group, but, ''We've got no information on where or when or how."

Officers will seal off a huge swath of land and roadway leading to the FleetCenter, where the convention will be held Monday through Thursday.

A prosecutor revealed during a hearing yesterday in federal court concerning protests that the US Secret Service has ''some specific information" about possible violence being planned.

But Assistant US Attorney George Henderson would not elaborate on what the information was in the courtroom, which was packed with reporters and protesters, saying it had to be kept secret for security reasons.

US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, who was considering whether a designated protest zone across from the FleetCenter needed to be enclosed with fences and other barriers and then met with Henderson in a private conference. Woodlock said afterward that the information did not affect his refusal to open up or move the protest zone.

Charles Kravetz, the vice president of news for NECN, said his station received a call from an FBI spokeswoman in the afternoon saying that the agency had information about a threat to news media vehicles during the convention.

He said his station was among several planning a conference call for today to discuss whether they need to take additional security precautions. Local stations are positioning their satellite trucks at two main sites and sharing the cost for police details.


Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
by ABC
Email: ABCboston-DNC04 (nospam) baamboston.org (unverified!)
Phone: 617.851.5966 23 Jul 2004
FBI agents twice this week have visited the home of a local activist seeking information on people they say plan to protest the Democratic National Convention.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Contact: Boston Anarchist Black Cross
Michael Andrews
617.851.5966
ABCboston-DNC04 (at) baamboston.org


FBI agents twice this week have visited the home of a local activist seeking information on people they say plan to protest the Democratic National Convention.

On Monday, July 19, at approximately 7 p.m., four FBI agents arrived at the home of a Boston activist while guests of the house were sitting on
the porch. The agents began to interrogate the guests with questions about the DNC protests and the whereabouts of the residents of the home.
The FBI agents also sought entrance to the house but could not produce a warrant when asked for one.

After the individuals present repeatedly refused to speak to the agents in absence of legal counsel, the agents left the porch but lingered
beyond the property for approximately 10 minutes before departing.

The agents returned to the house Tuesday afternoon seeking further information on activists they said they suspect of planning to protest the Democratic National Convention. The agents were again told that nobody felt comfortable talking to them without legal counsel present.

The Boston Anarchist Black Cross maintains that this type of intimidation and targeting of activists is unfounded, illegal, and
unacceptable. Local organizers have seen a surge in efforts by police to create fear in the public and in organizers, demonizing political
activists, creating an us-them dynamic and preemptively harassing activists so as to
have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights. This harrassment and intimidation campaign has increased in the weeks leading up to the DNC,
including a prior FBI visit to the home of a NYC activist on July 8, 2004.


About the Boston Anarchist Black Cross (ABC): The Boston Anarchist Black Cross is a prison abolition/prisoner support group affiliated with
the Anarchist Black Cross Network (www.anarchistblackcross.org). We support those on the inside as well as working on issues of community defense. Boston ABC is helping support protesters arrested during the DNC.

For more information, go to http://www.baamboston.org/abc/ or contact ABCboston-DNC04 (at) baamboston.org about the DNC protests.

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Re: Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
by KMA
(No verified email address) 23 Jul 2004
For Immediate Release

Statement from Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective July 22, 2004

Today we received news from friends and activists in Denver, Colorado
pertaining to incidents involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and
possibly local law enforcement agencies.

It was communicated to us, that two houses in Denver had been raided by the

FBI and that at least two people had been arrested. Their charges and
situations are not at this time known to us. We do know that they were
asked questions about the upcoming election events including the Democratic

and Republican National Conventions, as well as questions about "ABC".

According to the person that contacted us, it is not thought that anything
of value had been taken from the houses, but multiple checks of
identification occurred. Agents were reported to have made threatening
statements to individuals who were attempting to record names and badge
numbers of those agents that were present.

This comes on the heels of repeated harrasment at the hands of state
agencies of activists in New York and Boston, as well as more locally in
Kirksville, Missouri, where activists were questioned by FBI and local
agencies about upcoming events surrounding the DNC and RNC.

We here at the Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective, denounce these strong
arm tactics by the state's law enforcement agencies. This crackdown on
those planning dissent comes right after the 900th U.S. soldier was killed
in Iraq, and support for the state's wars abroad and at home wanes.

We call on all activists, dissidents, radicals... all progressive peoples
to join in a solid response to this encroachment on our rights as human
beings.

We cannot, and will not be intimidated, nor scared into submission. There
has never been a more crucial moment in our history to speak out and show
opposition and defiance to those that exploit and dominate us and the rest
of the world.

Kansas Mutual Aid will continue to monitor these events and find lawyers,
raise legal funds, and provide assistance in whatever way we can.

Fear may be their weapon of choice... solidarity will be ours.

In solidarity, forever.

Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective
913-775-1399
kansasmutualaid (at) hotmail.com

Please send any financial contributions to:
KMA c/o Solidarity Center
13 W. 14th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

Re: Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
by me
(No verified email address) 23 Jul 2004
this account is rife with inaccuracies. i understand the need for a post, but not one that is not true.

let me go over SOME of the main corrections, as someone who has been directly involved in this:

There have been four visits this week with the home mentioned above by the FBI between Monday and Thursday. There was a fifth visit to the parents' home of one of the residents of the first home.

there have also been at least two phone calls: to the same parents and to the resident.

there has also been at least two instances of blatant surveillance, first thru a marked police car, and second by an unmarked SUV with USA (i.e. federal) licenseplates.

there has also been FBI harassment, according to the KMA and others, in Lawrence (i dunno what state) and in Columbia, Missouri.

Re: Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
by me
(No verified email address) 23 Jul 2004
oh yeah, lest we forget the visit in New York to another activists' parents.

Re: Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
by FactX
(No verified email address) 23 Jul 2004
"Rife with inaacuracies"? WTF are you smoking? That shit happened after the above press release was written. Duh.

See the date. Dates are these handy things we use to communicate time.

There has been continued harrassment since this was written, but as the first one of these was removed from the newswire, it had to be re-submitted.

All of those things are elaborations and extenstion of what these cops and FBI agents have been doing to harrass and intimidate people, they are not "inaccuracies."

Re: Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
by Update
(No verified email address) 23 Jul 2004
Latest Update: 11:50 AM central time:

At this point the FBI has tried to contact at least 20 local anarchists
here in Lawrence by phone calls, visiting workplaces, visiting parents,
or their own residences.

Things are heating up here.

Kansas Mutual Aid.

Resource: When the FBI Knocks
by Lorax
(No verified email address) 23 Jul 2004
Know your rights if the FBI ever knocks on your door.

http://www.msn.fullfeed.com/~lorax/old-slack/whenthefbiknocks.html

http://www.ccr-ny.org

By The Center for Constitutional Rights
People who openly oppose United States government policies should be prepared to receive visits from FBI agents or other federal investigators. Those of you who oppose U.S. policy in Central America, visit Nicaraguan, Cuban or Soviet embassies here, or travel to those countries, and those who give sanctuary to refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador, or who struggle for Black liberation, for independence for Puerto Rico, or against nuclear weapons, are likely to receive visits from the FBI. Increasingly, agents are visiting the families, friends and employees of these persons.
For example, in a 1987 sweep, FBI agents visited 12 people in five cities during a three-day period. Most had visited Nicaragua to share their skills under the auspices of TecNica, a Berkeley-based group that recruits and places volunteers in development projects in Nicaragua. The majority of these FBI visits were to workplaces where agents sometimes made their presence known to employees and also spoke with co-workers. The agents incorrectly implied that the volunteers were violating the trade embargo against Nicaragua. While several of those targeted found the visits threatening, and did not want to appear 'uncooperative' in the presence of employers, most were aware of their right not to talk to the FBI and to refer the agents to their lawyers. They understood that the purpose of these visits was to discourage people from travelling to Nicaragua and helping the people there overcome some of the economic hardships caused by U.S. support for the Contras and the U.S. trade embargo. This article is designed to answer the frequent questions asked by people experiencing government scrutiny. It can also help them develop practical responses.
Do I Have To Talk To The FBI?
No. The FBI does not have the authority to make anyone answer questions, or otherwise force anyone to cooperate with an investigation. Thus, if an FBI agent knocks at your door, you do not have to identify yourself to him, you can simply say "I don't want to talk to you." or "You'll have to speak to my lawyer," then close the door.
Agents are usually lawyers, and they are always trained as investigators; they have learned the power of persuasion, the ability to make a person feel scared, guilty, or impolite for refusing their requests for information. So remember, they have no legal authority to force people to say anything-unless they have obtained an arrest or search warrant. Even when agents do have warrants, you still don't have to answer their questions.
Under What Laws Do The Agents Operate?
In the wake of congressional reports exposing the FBI's counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO), under which the agency infiltrated groups, compiled dossiers on, and directly interfered with individuals engaged in activities protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of expression and association, guidelines regulating the investigation of political activities were issued by the Justice Department.
The FBI COINTEL program was initiated in 1956. Its purpose, as described later by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, was "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize activities" of those individuals and organizations whose ideas or goals he opposed. Tactics included: falsely labelling individuals as informants; infiltrating groups with persons instructed to disrupt the group; sending anonymous or forged letters designed to promote strife; initiating politically motivated IRS investigations; carrying out wiretaps; and disseminating to other government agencies and the media unlawfully obtained derogatory information on individuals and groups.
Subsequent and superceding guidelines, authorizing "domestic security/terrorism" investigations against political organizations whenever the FBI had a reasonable belief that these groups might violate a law, were issued in 1983. These guidelines permitted he same intrusive techniques the FBI used against organized crime to be used other groups. The guidelines provide no safeguards on the use of informants to protect against infringements to First Amendment rights.
The guidelines ignore the history of COINTELPRO abuses and abolish the distinction between regular criminal investigations and investigations of groups and individuals seeking political change. They fail to limit the investigative techniques used to obtain data on political groups, so that the FBI may use any technique against political organizations including electronic surveillance and informers.
Thus, the FBI may begin a full investigation whenever there is a reasonable indication that "two or more persons are engaged in an enterprise for the purpose of furthering political or social goals wholly or in part through activities that involve force or violence and a violation of the criminal laws of the United States." The FBI has interpreted "force or violence" to include the destruction of property as a symbolic act, and the mere advocacy of such property destruction would trigger an investigation. Even without any reasonable indication, under a separate guideline on 'Civil Disorders and Demonstrations involving a Federal Interest", the FBI may investigate an organization that plans only legal and peaceful demonstrations.
Another and perhaps even more important document governing federal intelligence gathering is Executive Order 12333 on U.S. Intelligence Activities. In force since 1981, its authorizes the FBI and CIA to infiltrate, manipulate and destroy U.S. political organizations-under the pretext of a "foreign" intelligence investigation. Investigative guidelines under this order are in large part classified secret and not publicly available. Government spying, infiltration and disruption of domestic advocacy groups can be carried out, practically without restraint, by merely alleging that political groups have some connection to foreign nations or liberation movements, or that they support positions similar to those of such movements. Such movements might include the African National Congress (ANC) or the FMLN-FDR in El Salvador. This executive offer has been used to avoid the minor restrictions imposed on intelligence gathering on domestic groups. The FBI merely alleges that a domestic group has a foreign connection, and even though no crime is suspected the group or individual can be investigated under the executive order.
The FBI's massive investigation of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) was carried out under E.O. 12333. The CISPES investigation was used as a window to spy on other Central America groups including the Network in Solidarity with Guatemala, the Nicaraguan Network, the Thomas Merton Center, and the Central America Mobilization Coalition. While the FBI produced not a shred of evidence of wrongdoing on the part of CISPES during its five-year investigation, it managed to amass 17 volumes of files on CISPES, most of which are being withheld under a national security exemption. Over 170 investigations were begun as spin-offs of the CISPES investigation.
Heavily deleted portions of these files, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show that the FBI, under the aegis of Executive Order 12333, regularly attended and photographed demonstrations and meetings, recorded the license plate numbers of participants, in addition to conducting surreptitious interviews and placing informants.
Names of people investigated were culled from this surveillance and from radio broadcasts and flyers. Agents also cavalierly invaded college campuses and visited employers and family members explaining that they were investigating terrorist threats. The files indicate that complaints to elected officials, and recourse to media and the public, were successful in curtailing the FBI.
How Does The FBI Learn About Individuals and Organizations?
Political intelligence is gathered from public sources, such as newspapers, radio and leaflets. It is also collected by informers who may be government employees or people who are recruited by them. Political intelligence is also collected through FBI visits to your home or workplace. In this article, we are most concerned with this aspect of intelligence gathering.
Agents may be sent to interview people after FBI officials decide there is a 'reasonable indication' that an organization meets the guidelines for a 'domestic security' investigation, or because a person has attended a meeting or a rally sponsored by a group allegedly suspected of foreign connections under Executive Order 12333. People who visit embassies of countries that the U.S. considers unfriendly are also likely to be visited by the FBI. Such interviews are a primary source of information because most people are not aware of their right not to talk to federal agents.
Many people visited by agents are afraid of being rude or uncooperative. Agents may be friendly and courteous, as if they are attempting to protect you or your organization, or express admiration for your organization and its goals. Occasionally, the FBI may persuade a disaffected member of an organization to give them information about other members, including their personal lives, character, and vulnerabilities.
A major goal of FBI agents is to convince people to give up their rights to silence and privacy. Recently when FBI agents visited TecNica volunteers at their homes and workplaces, they said such intimidating things as: "You're being a dupe of the Russians and we're giving you a chance to stop doing something you may regret later." The agents told another person that she was not the target of the investigation, but might be able to help them.
In San Antonio during a series of visits to affiliates of a Central America information group, the FBI gave a 20 minute presentation including a slide show on the 'evils of communism,to one of the persons they questioned.
In 1984, the FBI visited over 100 persons who had traveled to Nicaragua. The main purpose of the visits was to develop 'assets', people who would agree to supply the FBI with information.
What If I Suspect Surveillance?
Prudence is the best course, no matter what you suspect, or what the basis is for your suspicion. When possible, confront the suspected person in public, with at least one other person present. If the suspect declines to answer, he or she at least now knows that you are aware of the surveillance. A few years ago, religious supporters of a nation-wide call to resist possible U.S. intervention in Central America noticed unfamiliar people lurking around their offices at 6 a.m., but failed to ask what they wanted and who they were. If you suspect surveillance, you should not hesitate to ask the suspected agents' names and inquire about their business.
The events giving rise to suspicions of surveillance vary widely, but a general principle remains constant: confront the suspected agents politely and in public (never alone) and inquire about their business. If the answer does not dispel your suspicion, share it with others who may be affected and discuss a collective response. Do not let fears generated by 'conspicuous' surveillance create unspoken tensions that undermine your work and organization. Creating fear is often the purpose of obvious surveillance. When in doubt, call a trusted lawyer familiar with political surveillance, or call the Movement Support Network hotline: (212) 614-6422.
How Should I Respond to Threatening Letters or Calls?
If your home is broken into, or threats have been made against you, your organization, or someone you work with, share this information with everyone affected. Take immediate steps to increase personal and office security. You should discuss with your organization's officials and with a lawyer whether and how to report such incidents to the police. If you decide to make a report, do not do so without the presence of counsel.
What Should I Do If My Office Or Home Is Broken Into And I Suspect That The Motive Behind It was Intelligence Gathering or Harassment?
Obvious break-ins, in which nothing, or very little of value is taken, are a growing form of intimidation and intelligence gathering. If you discover a break-in, do not disturb the crime scene and touch as little as possible until you can calmly analyze the situation and until you decide what approach you are going to take. Try yo figure out what, if anything, is missing.If little of monetary value is taken, and important files have been obviously read, decide with your co-workers and a lawyer whether and how to report the break-in to the police. Take photographs of the crime scene. Photograph any damage that may have been done and any notes that may have been left by the intruders. Over 100 break-ins have been reported to the Movement Support Network. Call us. We can help you determine if the break-in was politically motivated and, if it was, get you in touch with other groups and individuals who have had similar experience.
What Should I do If Police, FBI, Or Other Agents Appear With An Arrest Or Search Warrant?
Agents who have an arrest or search warrant are the only ones you are legally required to let into your home or office. If agents say they have a warrant you should ask to see the warrant before permitting access. And you should immediately ask to call a lawyer. For your own physical safety you should not resist arrest, even if they do not show you the warrant, or if they refuse to let you call a lawyer. To the extent permitted by the agents conducting a search, you should observe the search carefully, follow them and make mental or written notes of what the agents are doing. As soon as possible, write down what happened and discuss it with your lawyer.
What Should I Do If Agents Appear With An Arrest or Search Warrant?
Even when agents come with a warrant, you are under no legal obligation to tell them anything. If agents try to question you, it is important not to answer or make any statements, at least not until after you have consulted a lawyer.
Announce your desire to consult a lawyer, and make every reasonable effort to contact one as quickly as possible. Your statement that you wish to speak to the FBI only in the presence of a lawyer, even if it accomplished nothing else, should put an end to the agents' questions. Department of Justice policy requires agents to cease questioning, or refrain from questioning, anyone who informs them that he or she is represented by a lawyer.
To reiterate: upon first being contacted by any government investigation, the safest thing to say is: "Excuse me, but I'd like to talk to my lawyer before I say anything to you." Or, "I have nothing to say to you. I will talk to my lawyer and have her (or him) contact you." If agents ask for your lawyer's name, ask for their business card, and say you will have your lawyer contact them. Remember to get the name, agency, and telephone number of any federal, state, or local investigator who visits you. If you do not have a lawyer, call the Movement Support Hotline (212) 614-6422, or call the local office of the National Lawyers Guild (212) 966-5000.
As soon as possible after your first contact with an investigator, write a short memo about the visit, including the date, time, location, people present, any name mentioned by the investigators, and the reason they gave for their investigation. Also include descriptions of the agents and their car, if any. This may be useful to your lawyer and to others who may be contacted by the same agents.
After discussing the situation with your lawyer, you may want to alert your co-workers, friends, neighbors, or political associates about the visit. The purpose is not to alarm them, but to insure that they understand their rights. It might be a good idea to do this at a meeting at which the history of investigative abuse is presented.
If I Don't Cooperate, Doesn't It Look Like I Have Something To Hide?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. The answer involves the nature of political 'intelligence' investigations and the job of the FBI. Agents will try to make you feel that it will 'look bad' if you don't cooperate with them. Many people not familiar with how the FBI operates worry about being uncooperative. Though agents may say they are only interested in 'terrorists' or protecting the President, they are intend on learning about the habits, opinions and affiliations of people not suspected of wrongdoing. Such investigations, and the kind of controls they make possible, are completely incompatible with political freedom, and with the political and legal system envisaged by the Constitution.
While honesty may be the best policy in dealing with other people, FBI agents and other investigators are employed to ferret out information you would not freely share with strangers. Trying to answer agents' questions, or trying to "educate them" about your cause can be very dangerous-as dangerous as trying to outsmart them, or trying to find out their real purpose. By talking to federal investigators you may, unwittingly, lay the basis for your won prosecution-in giving false or inconsistent information to the FBI. IT IS A FEDERAL CRIME TO MAKE A FALSE STATEMENT TO AN FBI AGENT OR OTHER FEDERAL INVESTIGATOR. A violation could even be charged on the basis of two inconsistent statements spoken out of fear or forgetfulness.
Are There Any Circumstances Under Which It Is Advisable to Cooperate With An FBI Investigation?
Never without a lawyer. There are situations, however, in which an investigation appears to be legitimate, narrowly focused, and not designed to gather political information. Such an investigation might occur if you have been the victim of a crime, or a witness to civil rights violations being prosecuted by the federal government. Under those circumstances, you should work closely with a lawyer to see that your rights are protected while you provide only necessary information relevant to a specific incident. Lawyers may be able to avoid a witness's appearance before a grand jury, or control the circumstances of the appearance so that no one's rights are jeopardized.
What Rights Do I Have?
1. The right to work for change.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of groups and individuals who advocate, petition and assemble to accomplish changes in laws, government practices and even the form of government. Political intelligence gathering is not supposed to interfere with these rights.
2. The right to remain silent.
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution provides that every person has the right to remain silent in the face of questions posed by any police officer or government agent.
Federal prosecutors, however, may request judges to order a subpoenaed witness to testify, after a grant of immunity, at a grand jury hearing or at a criminal trial. This grant of immunity means that your Fifth Amendment right to refuse to testify is taken away. What is given in return is only the promise not to use your testimony against you is a subsequent criminal prosecution. If you testify under subpoena you can still be charged with a crime. Failure to testify after a grant of immunity is discussed below.
3. The right to be free from 'unreasonable searches and seizures'
Without a warrant, no government agent is allowed to search your home or office (or any other place that is yours and private). You may refuse to let FBI agents come into your house or into your workplace, unless they have a search warrant. Politeness aside, the wisest policy is never to let agents into your home or office. They are trained investigators and will make it difficult for you to refuse to talk. Once inside your home or office, just by looking around, they can easily gather information on such things as your lifestyle, organization and reading habits.
The right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures is based on the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. This Amendment is supposed to protect against government access to your mail and other written communications, telephone and other conversations. Unfortunately, it is difficult to detect government interference with writings and conversations. Modern technology makes it difficult to detect electronic surveillance on a telephone line,other listening devices, or cameras that records whatever occurs in a room. Also common are forms of physical surveillance such as agents following in car or on foot, mail covers, and informers carrying tape recorders.
What Are The Rights Of Non-Citizens?
All non-citizens have the same rights as citizens with respect to the FBI: the right not to speak to the FBI and the right to have an attorney present at interviews with FBI agents. JUST AS WITH CITIZENS, NON-CITIZENS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT LYING TO FEDERAL AGENTS IS A FEDERAL CRIME.
Foreigners should be aware that Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agents are federal agents-lying to them constitutes a federal crime. Commission of such a crime may be sufficient reason for deportation or denial of immigrant status.
This section includes a general discussion of the political rights of non-citizens. However, this is a changing area of law and politics and we caution readers to call the Movement Support Network hotline or the National Lawyer Guild for updated information.
1. Non-citizens
All aliens living in the United States are in theory protected by all provisions of the Bill of Rights that are not expressly limited to citizens. Thus, while aliens do not have the right to vote, they do have rights of free speech and association, a right to a fair trial for criminal charges, the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to due process of law. However, in the immigration context the federal government has broad powers, and the courts have not fully developed the contours of aliens' constitutional rights where the Immigration and Naturalization Service is concerned. In December 1988, a federal district judge in Los Angeles held that the government cannot deport immigrant aliens for their political speech or associations, because to do so would violate their First Amendment rights. Congress has said much the same thing for non-immigrant aliens. However, this area of law is still developing.
2. Undocumented individuals
Undocumented individuals who engage in political activity should be aware that they risk FBI surveillance and resulting exposure of illegal status. IT IS COMMON PRACTICE FOR THE FBI AND INS TO SHARE INFORMATION.
A document received from the FBI CISPES files shows that a local FBI field office asked the Immigration and Naturalization Service to provide them a list of Salvadorean citizens, U.S. permanent residents included, who had visited the area. Other CISPES documents indicate the FBI agents visited the administration offices for foreign students on college campuses and utilized foreign student directories for initial leads on investigations. In defending the actions ofthe FBI in the CISPES investigation, the U.S. government argued that the mere presence of Latin American nationals in solidarity groups justified surveillance by the FBI.
The bottom line is that foreigners, including permanent residents, can expect at least as much surveillance agencies by domestic agencies as U.S.citizens, and should, in addition, be aware of possible surveillance by foreign intelligence agencies operating in this country.
3. Sharing of information with foreign intelligence agencies.
There are many indicators that the U.S. shares information with intelligence agencies of governments it supports. We have received evidence of information sharing with MI5 (Britain); KCIA (Korea); Mossad (Israel); and NationalGuard (El Salvador). Non-citizens should probably assume that U.S. intelligence will share information with 'friendly' governments.
4. Change in immigration status
Applicants for permanent residencies and for naturalization are asked to list the organizations they have worked with. Politically active foreigners are advised to consult an immigration lawyer before applying for a change in status.
For more information, contact:
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
666 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
tel: 212.614.6464
Re: FBI Intimidation Escalates
25 Jul 2004
Anarchy or anachist goals like other subversive groups are not included in this proffered right "the right to work for change" . Read the Case history and supreme court interpretations. in addittion, there very associations with illegal organizations for "change" allow any officer with the authority to investigate, interview and take appropriate action.

Law enforcement agents of any dept. are allowed many action that appear to conflice with constitutional rights but are approved of by Case law. next time do your homework instead of accepting the party line.

Also realize that no ones individual rights trump anyone elses. Your actions taken cannot infringe on anyone's, groups or the gov'ts interest.


1. The right to work for change.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of groups and individuals who advocate, petition and assemble to accomplish changes in laws, government practices and even the form of government. Political intelligence gathering is not supposed to interfere with these rights

BOB Gorman
bob gorman's argument is empty
25 Jul 2004
That someone would argue, on the basis of "law" with those who reject the notion of "law" is pathetic. Bob, many of us reject your notion that the state has any rights whatsoever. We really don't care whether the fascist state has provided itself permission to intimidate those it disagrees with. Our position is that it is the people and not the government that has rights, so do not expect us to bow our heads and accept your sheepish beliefs that since the wolves rule we must be their sheep.
FBI harasses Muslims, Arabs
25 Jul 2004
while anti-capitalists are being harassed, do not ignore an escalation of FBI harassment of Muslims and Arabs. these two situations are deeply related, and this provides an opportunity for unity thru common struggle.


FBI Interviews Muslims, Arabs in Bid to Thwart ‘Election-Year Attacks’

AFP, AP, Arab News

WASHINGTON, 18 July 2004 — The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have begun interviewing Muslims and Arab-Americans in the United States in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks ahead of the Nov. 2 presidential election, The Washington Post reported yesterday.

An FBI official told the Post on condition of anonymity that a few dozen Muslim students, community leaders and businesspeople had already consented to be interviewed, stressing the interview subjects were not suspects.

Several people interviewed in California and Arizona have been asked if they knew people who were recently in the Waziristan region of Pakistan, near the Afghan border, an area believed to be a haven for Al-Qaeda operatives.

The agents also asked about the Abu Nour Mosque and school in Syria, which they suggested was popular among American converts to Islam, the Post said. “We were told by the FBI agents that they’re concerned there could be a coming threat from people who are recent converts to Islam,” Stacy Tolchin, a lawyer from San Francisco who accompanied a Turkish Kurdish immigrant to an interview this week, told the Post.

Yaser Alamoodi, a Yemeni national studying at the University of Arizona, said his FBI interviewer was friendly and polite while asking whether he knew anyone who had recently come back from Pakistan, harbored strong hostility toward Americans or expressed interest in a government agency or building.

“The questions were just ridiculous,”27 -year-old Alamoodi told the Post. “I said, ‘You guys really think you’re going to get anywhere with these kind of questions’?” He said he was surprised that the agents chose him for an interview: “I don’t go to the mosque that often,” he said. “Unless they have free food.”

The FBI warned on Friday that Al-Qaeda may be recruiting non-Arabs less likely to attract the notice of security personnel to carry out attacks inside the United States.

The network especially seeks operatives who have US citizenship or legal residency status, the FBI’s counterterrorism division said in its weekly bulletin to18 , 000law enforcement agencies nationwide.

“Finding operatives with US status would greatly facilitate Al-Qaeda’s ability to carry out an attack within the United States,” said the bulletin, obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

The new warning comes amid a continuous stream of intelligence indicating that Al-Qaeda is determined to strike the United States in the summer or fall. US officials have said the network blamed for the Sept.11 ,2001 , attacks hopes to inflict mass casualties again and disrupt the US political process in this presidential election year.

The latest FBI bulletin again makes no mention of a possible time, place or method of attack. Security is expected to be especially tight at this summer’s political conventions, which begin July 26 with the Democratic Party’s gathering in Boston. The Republican convention is in late August in New York.

Using non-Arabs might make it easier for Al-Qaeda to circumvent security measures in Europe and the United States, the bulletin said. Of special concern are people with ties to Muslim extremist groups in North Africa and parts of Asia outside the Middle East.

Still, the FBI said, almost all Al-Qaeda operatives in the past have traveled at least once to South Asia, particularly Afghanistan and Pakistan, for “consultation and training.” Afghanistan was the site of Al-Qaeda training camps before the US invasion of that country in 2001 and Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is believed to be hiding out in remote regions of Pakistan, where the terror network has many sympathizers.

The Sept. 11 commission’s report, due out Thursday, says Iran may have facilitated the 2001 attacks on the United States by providing eight to 10 Al-Qaeda hijackers with safe passage to and from training camps in Afghanistan, US media reports said yesterday. Time and Newsweek, in similar reports quoting congressional, commission and government sources, said Iran relaxed border controls and provided “clean” passports for the so-called “muscle hijackers” to transit Iran to and from Osama Bin Laden’s camps between October 2000 and February2001 .
Re: FBI Intimidation Escalates
26 Jul 2004
MEDIA ALERT
For Immediate Release
Attention: News Assignment

DNC2RNC
Democracy Uprising
A 258 Mile Movement
www.dnc2rnc.org * dnc2rncmedia (at) riseup.net

Contact:
Rachael Perrotta
773-569-0568

FBI Harassment of Activists Planning DNC Protests Escalates Federal raids and home visits reported in Boston, MA and in several other states. Organizers vow to continue to work for peace and justice despite government intimidation.

BOSTON July 25, 2004 -- On Saturday, July 24, FBI agents entered and searched a bus owned by activists from the Seeds of Peace group. The Seeds of Peace bus, which has been converted into a mobile kitchen, arrived in Boston to participate in events during the Democratic National Convention, as well as to serve as the primary kitchen during the DNC2RNC march.

Shortly after FBI agents began the search three fire trucks, an EMS truck, a haz-mat team, a Bomb Squad, and officers from the Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Police came to investigate the kitchen. After four hours the police left with four propane tanks that are used for cooking. No arrests were made.

The raid comes on the heels of intense FBI harassment of activists across the country who are organizing for protests in Boston during the DNC. It has been reported that agents are making threatening statements to activists and are visiting the homes of activist's parents in order to collect information. Organizers say they will not be intimidated by government repression and will continue to exercise their first amendment rights to freedom of speech, petition and assembly.

On Thursday, July 8, two officers visited the home of a New York City activist. They said that they acquired his name from the Boston Police Department, which has compiled a list of "troublemakers" who are coming to Boston. The officers said they plan to visit the homes of all so-called "troublemakers." For more information about this home visit, please contact Tim at 914-282-9174.

Last week the FBI visited a home in Boston four times to gather information about DNC protest organizers. For more information about this Some visit please contact Michael Andrews at 617.851.5966.

Last week also brought FBI visits two houses in Denver. Several individuals were searched and at least two people were arrested on previous bench warrants. For more information about these visits, please contact Alan at 303-825-1952.

In Lawrence, Kansas last week the FBI attempted to contact over 20 people who are organizing for protests against the DNC. For more information about FBI questioning of activists in Kansas please contact Nate Hoffman at 816-456-4592.

In Kirksville, Missouri, several activists were questioned by FBI agents about upcoming events during the DNC and RNC. Activists in Columbus and St. Louis were also contacted by the FBI. For information about FBI harassment of activists in Missouri please contact Kansas City Mutual Aid at 913-775-1399.

The DNC2RNC Democracy Uprising March will be leaving Boston on July 30 at 9 AM from Boston Common and will march to New York City, arriving just days before the Republican National Convention begins. The Democracy Uprising is celebrating the efforts of grassroots activists who are working to effect positive change in their communities. The march is committed to non-violence. For more information about the march, please visit www.dnc2rnc.org.
Re: FBI Intimidation Escalates
26 Jul 2004
Pete, thanks for writing this article about what is happening out here in the Midwest. I know many of the people who were the targets of FBI investigations on Friday. This has been stressful for many of us out here.

That being said, let me take issue with one of your points and criticize your inclusion of other topics. It doesn't help any anarchists to single out a tactic as an "odd strategy." Anarchists have traditionally used many tactics and contemporary anarchists use a variety of tactics. Speak for yourself about specific tactics, but the rest of us don't need you to spin anarchist tactics as being some kind of harmless fluffy liberalism.

It is very disturbing that agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating anarchists in the Midwest. This is another disturbing sign that American authorities have moved into counter-insurgency mode where all dissidents *could* be labelled as terrorists. The challenge for the authorities is that most people would scoff at the idea of activists as being "terrorists." We need to be frank about what is going on here and not drag out the scary bogeyman of COINTELPRO. If the FBI simply was trying to scare anarchists out here, dredging up COINTELPRO will only serve to make anarchists more paranoid. What's happening out here is NOT COINTELPRO and it isn't even competent police work. COINTELPRO implies that the FBI and the government have an active campaign of infiltrating activist movements. Not only is this unlikely on a national scale, but it ain't happening here in Kansas. When the FBI agents are operating on two-year-old information about where people live, that's a very clear indication that they haven't even done their homework. And they are very far from running a program of infiltration and disruption.

It's important for activists to know about COINTELPRO, but it's also important to understand the context of that program and the limitation of law enforcement. Frankly, the FBI and the feds just don't have the funds to operate another COINTELPRO when they have to be on guard against "terrorists."
Re: FBI Intimidation Escalates
12 Apr 2006
The FBI is notorious for its COINTELPRO tactics
against Political dissidents and any other groups of Americans who exercise their first amendment rights to free speech.

The FBI has been spreading disinformation in regard to the 9/11 attacks on the WTC and Pentagon, and in regard to many other terrorist attacks on US soil including the 1995 Murrah Building bombing and the 1993 attack on the WTC
Towers.

The FBI also deliberately fabricated a story in regard to the missle attack on TWA Flight 800 in
1996 which killed all aboard. Can 270 eyetwitnesses to seeing a flare launch from the ground changing direction in mid air (heating seeking missle) and head straight for Flight 800
be wrong?

The FBI is all about using covert terrorism such as COINTELPRO to maintain the status quo and
attack American who defend their Constitutional Rights by questioning the actions of this Government.

The FBI CIA and NSA are not defenders of free speech. They are surpressors of it, and the
freedoms that America promises all Americans

Two Informative Web sites in regard to just
how nefarious the FEDS are can be found below:

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/Lyme/page700.html
http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/Lyme/page730.html




George Bush, the PNAC (Project For A New American Century) and the Intelligence community in this country were behind these attacks. In reality the only real terrorism is being perpetrated by the US Federal Government
against its own people and the rest of the world.

It is all part of the New World Order.