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News :: Organizing
FBI Harassment Story Makes International News
17 Aug 2004
The story is finall yout about FBI questioning of DNC and RNC activists
On July 8 an NYC activist organizing for protests against the DNC in Boston was questioned by FBI agents. Since then tens if not hundreds of activists, along with their friends and family, have been questioned by the FBI regarding protests planed for the DNC and the RNC.

For the past several weeks media relations activists all over the country have been working to get this story into the national news. It was rough going at first, with only two articles (in the Boston Herald and the Washington Post) published about the FBI harassment.

Yesterday, the New York Times ran an article about FBI questioning of activists who are organizing for the RNC. An AP article was also written and it was published today in nearly 100 newspapers around the country.

Thanks to everyone who worked to get this story out, including the Boston ABC, the DNC2RNC march, Kansas City Mutual Aid, UFPJ, and many others.

By working to get these stories in the media we are telling the FBI that we will not be intimidated by their tactics. We will be out in the streets defending out first amendment rights no matter how much pressure there is to stay home and keep quiet. Fuck the FBI.

Articles:

From Boston Two Weeks Ago

Activists to cops: Stop picking on us
Boston Herald
http://news.bostonherald.com/dncConvention/view.bg?articleid=37535

Peace activists say cops picking on them
Washington Times
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040728-110456-7955r.htm

From Yesterday and Today

F.B.I. Goes Knocking for Political Troublemakers
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/16/politics/campaign/16fbi.html

FBI Tracks Potential GOP Protesters
New York Times – AP Article
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-GOP-Convention-Security.html

Interrogating the Protesters
New York Times, NY – Op Ed
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/17/opinion/17tue1.html

Anti-war protesters not potential terrorists
The Republican, MA
http://www.masslive.com/editorials/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-1/109

FBI, NY police deny they're trying to intimidate
activists
Chicago Sun Times, IL
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-conv17.html

Local activists unfazed by stories of FBI
questioning
Houston Chronicle, TX
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/2740222

NYC braces for convention protestors
MSNBC
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5728040/

New York Vs. the Protesters
Washington Post, DC
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6404-2004Aug16.html

First Amendment Rights During Demonstrations at
Risk, Say ...
7Online.com, NY
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/gopcon/wabc_081604_gopcon_rights.html

Editorial: Squelching protest/The great American
hush-up
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN
http://www.startribune.com/stories/561/4931361.html

Republican Convention Protesters Questioned
NPR (audio)
http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=3853583

AP Article Printed in:
Penn Live, PA
Canton Repository (subscription), OH
Free Internet Press, NY
Ithaca Journal, NY
KRON4.com, CA
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, PA
Collective Bellaciao, France
Miami Herald (subscription), FL
The State, SC
San Jose Mercury News (subscription), CA –
Centre Daily Times, PA
Charleston Gazette, WV
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC
Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail, WV
Bradenton Herald, FL
Telegraph.co.uk, UK
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA
Tallahassee.com, FL
Kentucky.com, KY
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, GA
Duluth News Tribune, MN
Macon Telegraph, GA
Centre Daily Times, PA
Kansas City Star (subscription), MO
Guardian, UK
International Herald Tribune, France
SunHerald.com, MS
Billings Gazette, MT
Boston Globe, MA
Seattle Times, WA
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA
Arizona Daily Sun, AZ
The Olympian, WA
Concord Monitor, NH
And many others . . .

To find the full list of outlets that covered
this story, go to http://news.google.com and
search for "FBI Protest"

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Re: FBI Harassment Story Makes International News
17 Aug 2004
Thanks for this post - a very interesting series of articles.

Check out Denver IndyMedia's website - they have an article there composed of first-hand accounts of the FBI's "visits"... which were far more threatening than the NYTimes et al would have you believe. The Feds just barged right into people's homes, checked everyone's IDs and arrested 2 people on outstanding bench warrants, for example, in one "visit".

Varlet
Re: FBI Harassment Story Makes International News
20 Aug 2004
Also, you can catch it at http://www.democracynow.org