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News :: DNC
Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
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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See also:
http://www.baamboston.org/abc/

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Re: Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
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
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
23 Jul 2004
oh yeah, lest we forget the visit in New York to another activists' parents.
Re: Continued Harrassment of DNC Protesters
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
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
23 Jul 2004
Know your rights if the FBI ever knocks on your door.

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