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News :: DNC
Statement by person from DENVER
24 Jul 2004
I was one of the people who the FBI visited at my home in Denver, Co. I arrived at my home to find the FBI questioning my friends and roomates in the frontyard.
I was one of the people who the FBI visited at my home in Denver, Co. I arrived at my home to find the FBI questioning my friends and roomates in the frontyard. Upon arrival I was grabbed by the arm then pulled from off the street onto the sidewalk where they searched my person with out any cause. When I asked what this was about, an FBI agent stated that he was looking for guns. They then had me stand still while they finished harassing my friends and roomates and during this time they ran my ID and took my pocket knife. They then asked me if, and where, I worked, if I go to school, and if I owned the house I lived in or if I rented it. Then another agent came over where I informed him to leave if they didn't have a warrant at which point the agent lied and said that my roomate had said it was ok for them to stay. Obviously, he didn't. Then I tried to get them to leave, but they insisted that I answer questions before they tell me why they were there. Figuring that they already have my ID, I answered their questions. They asked about my relationship with the Anarchist Black Cross; if I knew anyone in the group or if I had ever been in the group. He asked if they had a meeting at our house. He asked if I was planning anything illegal for the DNC, RNC, and/or election day. He asked if I knew anyone who was going out to Boston or New York. Of course I told the truth and answered NO to all his questions. By this point they had ran my friends ID's and two of them had bench warrants for previous charges that were not related to this inccident. The FBI and the two DPD(SWAT) officers then called a local DPD squad car to take the two people with bench warrants away. They were bailed out that night and released early the following morning. Both of them seem to be doing alright. We were then informed that the house down the street was also being harrassed but that they were less aggressive at the other home in finding out information. I collected some of the agents name who were present. One agent who refused to give his name is suspected of being neither with the FBI nor the DPD, but another government agency. They left shortly after the names were collected. After informing all my neighbors what had just happened (they were obiously curious why 4-6 FBI agents and two DPD officers armed to the teeth were in our hood) my roomates informed me that they went into the house when they got there in order to follow persons (who lived at my house) getting their ID's, because they said that they might be getting weapons. My roomates also said that when they came to the door they had a stack of papers and some of them had pictures on them, but neither the info nor the pictures on the papers were seen clear enough to tell what they were.

As I said both friends are out of Jail. Our statements and info that we collected were given to the local ACLU and we've been in contact with others around the country who have been experiencing the same thing.

I made a mistake in giving them my ID and answering their questions and not being persistent in telling them that they were not welcome. My roomates also made the same mistake as well as the mistake of not making it loud and clear that at no point the FBI could not come into our home with out a warrant. By no means was their very presense on our block consentual, but we didn't make that clear enough. Please learn from our mistakes, know your rights, refuse to give ID, and refuse entrance of police and FBI to not only your home but of all your legal "property."

We are working with the ACLU who got an article in the Rocky Mountain News today (7-24-04).

If this happens to you make sure you contact the ACLU, your local Indymedia, as well as your friends and comrades who will support you.

To me this was a scare tactic. A show of force to intimidate us, and to silence us. Although dealing with the feds can be scary and intimidating don't let them get to you-don't let them scare you into not going out to the DNC and RNC and fighting for freedom.

Plan your work. Work your plan.

In Love and Struggle
-Denver

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Re: Statement by person from DENVER
25 Jul 2004
I realize that it's difficult when a bunch of armed thugs are in your face, but you DID make a mistake. Don't EVER tell any cop ANYTHING, unless he's investigating an actual crime that YOU want solved. Unless he stops you while driving, don't give him identification. Know your local laws about being required to give your name. If there is no such local law, don't even tell the guy your name. "I refuse to answer your questions without my attorney present" and "am I free to go" should be the only words out of your mouth.

If you're arrested, you STILL shouldn't tell them anything. If you decide to go the bail route, you'll have to ID yourself, but they can't hold you forever even if you tell them nothing. They have to let you talk to a judge, and without real evidence, the judge will let you go.

And don't EVER consent to a search. It's still a good idea to not resist should they search anyway, but remind them over and over that "I do NOT consent to this search." Personally, I think the time is rapidly approaching when it will be necessary to resist, with extreme prejudice, but we're not there yet.