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News :: DNC : Human Rights : Organizing
FBI Continues Harrassment of Protestors
22 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.

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.
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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.
See also:
http://www.baamboston.org/abc/
http://www.saveourcivilliberties.org

This work is in the public domain.

Comments

Re: FBI Continues Harrassment of Protestors
22 Jul 2004
Chilling effect? You'll thing "chilling" when you end up in a federal detention facility. What a bunch of idiots. Stay home and mind your own business and you'll have no problems. BOSTON DOES NOT WANT OR NEED YOUR SHIT.
Homeland Security Harassing Other Activists
22 Jul 2004
Cryptome.org received a telephone call on 7/21 from a woman claiming to be a representative of the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Coordination Center (NICC).

She asked about two recent Cryptome reports on threats to the Democratic National Convention in Boston and the person who wrote them, James Atkinson. Full story:
http://cryptome.org/nicc-cryptome.htm

The DHS claimed to be interested in a photoessay on the DNC's lack of security. You can view the photoessay here:
http://cryptome.org/dnc-insec.htm
http://cryptome.org/dnc-dauphine.htm

More pictures of Boston DNC, the "Free Speech Zone", can be found here:

http://parkerpettus.com/fleet/index.html
Re: FBI Continues Harrassment of Protestors
22 Jul 2004
"BOSTON DOES NOT WANT OR NEED YOUR SHIT. "

Speak for yourself.

I for one welcome all activists coming to Boston (and the hundreds of you who are residents) to make sure their voices will be heard in the streets.

Don't listen to the cops, provocatuers, and closet fascists claiming to represent the sentiments of the people in this city.

Just focus on your message, and shake things up against the political parties of the rich and elite (Democrat and Republican) who have made a mockery of true democratic ideals.