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News :: Organizing
Detention of anarchists in Iowa
25 Aug 2004
Iowa RNC organizers are being held indefinitely as part of an "investigation into anarchism in Iowa"
The Des Moines, Iowa Convergence, loosely aligned to CrimethInc, has experienced extreme state repression in the last few days. Participants picked up off the streets for misdemeanor violations are now being held indefinately as part of an "investigation into anarchism in Iowa", according to local officer from the sherriff's department. Law enforcement has also claimed that they are also investigating other groups in the area.

Materials that were to be used in workshops and skillshares mysteriously dissappeared from the group's campsite, including: lamp oil that was to be used for a fire-breathing skillshare and pvc pipe that was to be used in a home-made didjeridoo workshop.

Federal agents have detained an individual stating that someone called them saying that they saw people constructing a bomb, which is entirely untrue of our group.

Surveillance has been stepped up and is blatant.

These intimidation tactics have disrupted our ability to openly meet and organize activism for the upcoming RNC protests in New York City.


story and discussion at

http://www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=04/08/23/3623040

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Re: Detention of anarchists in Iowa
25 Aug 2004
The RNC is showing their true colors. 1st Admendment Rights are totally out of the equation.
Time for justice is now.
Anyone and Everyone who wants to restore Freedom of Speech?
Go to New York City this weekend. Show the world we won't take their crap anymore!
Freedom is the law.
Not the privlige.
Unite!
Hmmmm. "Hack the RNC"? Sounds like you asked for it.
25 Aug 2004
There is apost on this newswire which instructs readers to "Hack the RNC". That post has directly influenced the FBI in its response and tactics against "dissidents". Freedom is the Law, and the Law is Supreme. The FBI is an agent of the Law (you are not, and neither are any of the "bomb makers" at your little gathering).

Play dirty, and you get dirty.
Re: Detention of anarchists in Iowa
25 Aug 2004
haha, poser feds? What will they come up with next?
Re: Detention of anarchists in Iowa
26 Aug 2004
yes, the laws "give" you some freedom, but true freedom is not defined by laws. also, this isn't just the RNC, it's capitalism.
so if the feds play dirty, should they get dirty? or is this a one way theory?
The Feds ARE the game. They can play however they like.
26 Aug 2004
You are not the Feds. The rules which apply to the Feds and other Fed-like entities are not the same ones which apply to you. So, YES, its a one way fact (not a theory). Deal with it, or be dealt with. The choice is yours...that's freedom isnt it?