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News :: Human Rights
FBI harassment in Midwest being generated by illegal red
28 Jul 2004
Kansas - Sources close to Infoshop News, who are investigating the
recent outbreak of FBI harassment of anarchists in Denver, Lawrence,
Topeka, Kansas City, Columbia, Fort Collins, Kirksville and St. Louis,
report that the FBI investigations were most likely initiated by an
illegal "red squad" operating in Lawrence, Kansas.
Breaking News: FBI harassment in Midwest being generated by illegal red
squad

July 28, 2004
Infoshop News

Kansas - Sources close to Infoshop News, who are investigating the
recent outbreak of FBI harassment of anarchists in Denver, Lawrence,
Topeka, Kansas City, Columbia, Fort Collins, Kirksville and St. Louis,
report that the FBI investigations were most likely initiated by an
illegal "red squad" operating in Lawrence, Kansas. FBI agents who have
contacted anarchists have identified themselves as working with a Joint
Terrorism Task Force. These task forces are centered on cooperation
between local police departments and federal agencies including the FBI.
The pattern of FBI harassment centers on Lawrence, Kansas, where there
is mounting evidence that a local "red squad" is being run by the County
Sheriff. Sources tell Infoshop News that this sheriff was trained at
counter-terrorism facilities in Germany and fancies himself a crusader
against dissent.

The focus on Lawrence, KS anarchists fits a general pattern of
harassment of dissenters in that community, which includes the arrest of
anarchists at a protest of the Dole Center, and police harassment of the
North American Anarchist Conference held in Lawrence in 2001.

The harassment of anarchists in the region has generally involved
harassment and intimidation of younger activists. It is clear that this
ongoing harassment program is being conducted to scare younger activists
from attending the protests at the DNC and RNC conventions, as well as
the protests scheduled for the presidential debates in St. Louis in
October. A COINTELPRO program is being conducted here in the Midwest,
which aims to scare and divide activists. Activists and anarchists have
refused to cooperate or answer questions; the general attitude being
that activists won't let these scare tactics stop them from being
involved in activism and dissent.

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Re: FBI harassment in Midwest being generated by illegal red
28 Jul 2004
The harassment may be carried out by the local "officials", but remember that under Homeland Security all emergency management, state investigative, local law enforcement and even emergency first responders (firemen and ambulance drivers) are organized under the Homeland Security umbrella. So a local "red squad" could still be operating under OHS, and they are doing this in more than one town, not just Lawrence Kansas.
Re: FBI harassment in Midwest being generated by illegal red
28 Jul 2004
lawrence is kind of a hot bed of free thought in the otherwise morally and intellectually dead midwest...using the British Colonial model, the state must go in and disrupt and destroy the indigenous organizing before it can get out of hand (i.e, actually change anything).
Re: FBI harassment in Midwest being generated by illegal red
28 Jul 2004
well lawrence is saving grace for the midwest,
however, these incidents are only going to spark
brush fires throughout the area and I know that
the government won't be able to stop them all from
becoming a raging roaring river of rebellion!

Organize! Organize! Organize! We have got to
stop these fascists fools now!