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Boston FBI Field Office Faked "Anarchist Threats" to DNC (Aug 2 Article)
05 Aug 2004
BOSTON FBI APPRENTLY SPREAD FABRICATED REPORTS ABOUT "DANGEROUS DOMESTIC GROUPS" THAT NEWSPAPERS LIKE THE BOSTON HERALD REPEATED

(What is this, 1905? Are the authorities really this inept that they have to make things up while ignoring real threats from other sources? What about the mafia? What about wife beating?)
Posted to a mailing list by "I.N." on Aug 2:

I read this article in the metro today, thought it might be of some interest:

Newspaper: FBI faked threats to DNC

Boston: Threats by white supremacist groups readying an attack against media vehicles during last week's Democratic National Convention were apparently faked by the Boston FBI field office, the Village Voice reported.

According to a CNN story July 23, the Boston FBI office had "unconfirmed information" that "a domestic group plans to attack media vehicles." ABC News reported that a group of college-age people in the Midwest was the basis for the FBI warning.

But the Village Voice said the leaked report that the grups, including Volksfront, were being investigated by the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force was "unconfirmed" by an FBI agent.

Mark Potok, an editor with Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups, told the Southerner Daily News blog, "There was no suggestion whatsoever of any violence, let alone violence against media trucks. We follow these groups quite closely."

[[sorry if there are any typos, I hand wrote it out. -I.N.]]

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Re: Boston FBI Field Office Faked "Anarchist Threats" to DNC (Aug 2 Article)
05 Aug 2004
I forgot to mention that the reason it says the FBI faked the "anarchist threat" in this message title is because while the FBI may have leaked stories that "racist groups" were going to attack the DNC, it's clear the reports that "anarchists" were going to do so were also faked - part of the same operation.

Apparently the anarchist activities during the DNC were pretty routine and uneventful.
Re: Boston FBI Field Office Faked "Anarchist Threats" to DNC (Aug 2 Article)
05 Aug 2004
It's not clear that anarchists were
also included, especially if it was not stated in the article. Yes the FBI harassed the BTS and yes the Herald and Fox put out stories that deserve to be in court for slander and libel, but you cannot, or rather should not, read an article and then make an assumption and then call it a fact! Change your headline by adding a question mark to the end. Don't be Fox news...Don't be the Boston Herald.
Re: Boston FBI Field Office Faked "Anarchist Threats" to DNC (Aug 2 Article)
05 Aug 2004
The only threat I see? The Feds. Meddling in all of our business.
FBI, Ashcroft, Ridge and others love making up stories.
Anyone with a sane mind realizes that constant lies will sink the captain's boat. And this administation is almost sunk!
Re: Boston FBI Field Office Faked "Anarchist Threats" to DNC (Aug 2 Article)
05 Aug 2004
Here is the original village voice article.

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0430/dnc-mondo7.php

It is funny that they quote ABC through the Southern Daily News, a blog.

An article from Denver's Rocky mountain News has it different, and no right wing group is named.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5544912/

In addition, all of the groups who were questioned, to my knowledge, were anarchists related to the Great Plains Anarchist Network. I interviewed three of them directly as well as members of Kansas Mutual Aid who were monitoring the situation. I don't want to blame anyone in particular, but the village voice article appears to be slightly off when it comes to facts. In addition, I do not recall the FBI asserted threats ever being tied to right wing groups, they were more nebulous than that and seemed to target protestors, but if anybody can pull up the original ABC article they are a better googler than I...
Re: Boston FBI Field Office Faked "Anarchist Threats" to DNC (Aug 2 Article)
06 Aug 2004
the fbi didn't limit its questioning to the great plains anarchists. people in boston, nyc, denver, ft. collins, kansas city, kirksville, st. louis, lawrence, and atlanta were questioned.
Re: Boston FBI Field Office Faked "Anarchist Threats" to DNC (Aug 2 Article)
07 Aug 2004
"mt" wrote: It's not clear that anarchists were also included, especially if it was not stated in the article. Yes the FBI harassed the BTS and yes the Herald and Fox put out stories that deserve to be in court for slander and libel, but you cannot, or rather should not, read an article and then make an assumption and then call it a fact! Change your headline by adding a question mark to the end. Don't be Fox news...Don't be the Boston Herald.

My mistake. You are right - I shouldnt have made it a definitive statement, but I can't edit the message title without an account here. Hmm. It seemed obvious to me that they made a broad brush set of claims against radical groups that included the earlier claims against anarchists - which were false.

How do I know? Because of all the organized anarchists in the Boston area that I know of, none would commit the acts that the Boston Herald and Fox Network were claiming there were plans for (such things as urine or acid bags being thrown at the police or the press).

I'm not making some moral argument that anarchists would never take militant action in certain circumstances, but I do know that there has been a lot of debate about tactics, and pointless actions like those silly ones the press talked about were rejected.

At some marches these days, the anarchist black block throws fake (styrofoam) bricks at windows, and writes graffiti with easily removable street chalk.

Since anarchists are trying to set examples for and inspire their fellow poor, indiginous, and working class people of the world, it seems to me that it is common sense that they wouldn't just do stupid, pointless or randomly "chaotic" actions.
Re: Boston FBI Field Office Faked "Anarchist Threats" to DNC (Aug 2 Article)
07 Aug 2004
"mt" wrote: It's not clear that anarchists were also included, especially if it was not stated in the article. Yes the FBI harassed the BTS and yes the Herald and Fox put out stories that deserve to be in court for slander and libel, but you cannot, or rather should not, read an article and then make an assumption and then call it a fact! Change your headline by adding a question mark to the end. Don't be Fox news...Don't be the Boston Herald.

My mistake. You are right - I shouldnt have made it a definitive statement, but I can't edit the message title without an account here. Hmm. It seemed obvious to me that they made a broad brush set of claims against radical groups that included the earlier claims against anarchists - which were false.

How do I know? Because of all the organized anarchists in the Boston area that I know of, none would commit the acts that the Boston Herald and Fox Network were claiming there were plans for (such things as urine or acid bags being thrown at the police or the press).

I'm not making some moral argument that anarchists would never take militant action in certain circumstances, but I do know that there has been a lot of debate about tactics, and pointless actions like those silly ones the press talked about were rejected.

At some marches these days, the anarchist black block throws fake (styrofoam) bricks at windows, and writes graffiti with easily removable street chalk.

Since anarchists are trying to set examples for and inspire their fellow poor, indiginous, and working class people of the world, it seems to me that it is common sense that they wouldn't just do stupid, pointless or randomly "chaotic" actions.