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News :: DNC : Human Rights : Organizing
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.
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) 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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