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FBI harrassing political activists across the midwest and Rocky Mountains

found this about widespread harrassment of anarchists thought this might be of interrest
The FBI has actively been harassing activists in the past two days in Denver, Lawrence, Kirksville, Columbia, and Topeka.
Midwest anarchists questioned about RNC, DNC

For Immediate Release
Statement from Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective July 22, 2004

Today we received news from friends and activists in Denver, Colorado pertaining to incidents involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and possibly local law enforcement agencies.

It was communicated to us, that two houses in Denver had been raided by the FBI and that at least two people had been arrested. Their charges and situations are not at this time known to us. We do know that they were asked questions about the upcoming election events including the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, as well as questions about "ABC".

According to the person that contacted us, it is not thought that anything of value had been taken from the houses, but multiple checks of identification occurred. Agents were reported to have made threatening statements to individuals who were attempting to record names and badge numbers of those agents that were present.

This comes on the heels of repeated harrasment at the hands of state agencies of activists in New York and Boston, as well as more locally in Kirksville, Missouri, where activists were questioned by FBI and local agencies about upcoming events surrounding the DNC and RNC.

We here at the Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective, denounce these strong arm tactics by the state's law enforcement agencies. This crackdown on those planning dissent comes right after the 900th U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq, and support for the state's wars abroad and at home wanes.

We call on all activists, dissidents, radicals... all progressive peoples to join in a solid response to this encroachment on our rights as human beings.

We cannot, and will not be intimidated, nor scared into submission. There has never been a more crucial moment in our history to speak out and show opposition and defiance to those that exploit and dominate us and the rest of the world.

Kansas Mutual Aid will continue to monitor these events and find lawyers, raise legal funds, and provide assistance in whatever way we can.

Fear may be their weapon of choice... solidarity will be ours.

In solidarity, forever.

Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective 913-775-1399 kansasmutualaid (at) hotmail.com

Please send any financial contributions to: KMA c/o Solidarity Center 13 W. 14th Street Lawrence, KS 66044

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Latest Update: 11:50 AM central time:

At this point the FBI has tried to contact at least 20 local anarchists here in Lawrence by phone calls, visiting workplaces, visiting parents, or their own residences.

Things are heating up here.

Kansas Mutual Aid.



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Friday July 23 2004 @ 07:10AM PDT:

IMMEDIATE UPDATE:
The FBI has made made contact with the parents of at least one person living in Lawrence, and now word has gotten to us that the FBI has visited at least one anarchist home in Columbia, Missouri!

Please spread this information far and wide... this is a far reaching coordinated effort... being conducted by the join terrorism task forces from various states.

Thanks, Kansas Mutual Aid.

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An update on our comrades arrested:

At this point, as a point of pure intimidation, our comrades in Denver that
were arrested by the FBI are being charged with failure to pay bike
tickets, and one is being charged with failure to appear in court from a
previous arrest.

The raids on their houses, and the subsequent questioning of comrades in
Denver has been followed by FBI visits to anarchists or relatives of
anarchists in Lawrence and Columbia. This also comes after the FBI made
visits to at least one comrade in Kirksville, Missouri.

This intimidation is happening right before major mobilizations against the
ruling elite in Boston and New York and the Democratic and Republican
National Conventions. We must not be allowed to be intimidated!

We will continue to mobilize, continue to organize, continue to agitate for
a new way of living... and against this culture of exploitation, war,
poverty, prisons, and oppression.

We will continue to update all as we get more news.

If the FBI or any other agenices try to contact you in anyway, please get
in touch with a lawyer first... next, please try to clal us, so we can keep
coordinating this information.

Thanks,
Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective
913-775-1399
kansasmutualaid (at) hotmail.com

Send any donations for legal defense to:
Kansas Mutual Aid
c/o Solidarity Center
13 W 14th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

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Friday July 23 2004 @ 08:05AM PDT

UPDATE Two un-uniformed people carrying sidearms driving a dark SUV having been spotted knocking on the door and searching the mailbox of a Lawrence anarchist.

We have heard from Denver that the two detained have been transferred out of federal custody and are being held on failure to be appear in court and unpaid parking tickets, respectively.
PLEASE EXPOSE 23.Jul.2004 12:40

COP

bellingham wa. policeman kent. l. poortinga is a liar and abusive to people./he is mentioned in the mass market book 'sniper'.page 42.this fficer should not be in any book that purports to be legit.this shows how its a good ol' boys network thats ruininf so called democracy

When the FBI Knocks 23.Jul.2004 12:50

Know Your Rights

Know your rights if the FBI ever knocks on your door.

 http://www.msn.fullfeed.com/~lorax/old-slack/whenthefbiknocks.html


Camera Support 24.Jul.2004 08:48

Videoista

Portland activists: They're coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

If you live in a community house, or otherwise suspect you may receive a visit from the FBI (for example, you're politically active, you think for yourself, you said a bad word during a bush speech, etc), get those cameras ready. If you have access to a video camera, make sure to have it nearby in case they come a'callin. Might be wise to have at least one camera hidden away where they can't see it but it can see them, if that's feasible. (Pointed toward the front door is good.) If there are several people in your home, you can have FBI drills, where you practice how to respond (ie, one person grabs the cam and takes up position, another person calls someone outside the home to alert the community, etc).

If you do not have access to a camera, get hold of people who do, and coordinate some way to signal them if/when they are needed. Try a good old fashioned phone tree. A gang of camera-toting radicals showing up and surrounding your house is sure to be good fun for you, at the very least, and a warning to the FBI not to exceed their authority.

What We're On About In Denver 24.Jul.2004 13:03

Local

Hey Ya'll!

Come see why the FBI thinks Denver activists make such good targets for repression.

We'd love to have you this October 9, 2004 when the racist police will be settin' up a barricaded gauntlet for the running of the white supremicist Italian-Amerikkkans and their INCITEMENT TO GENOCIDE parade that celebrates Columbus and his conquest of indigenous America.

Red-caped Matadors especially needed.

Watch out for the bullshit, though! Especially from the Mayor (John Hickenlooper) and his head eunuch - Police chief Jerry Whitman.

For more info see: www.transformcolumbusday.org and www.coloradoaim.org

Corporate News On Denver Gestapo Raid 24.Jul.2004 13:52

Pixie

Warnings precede party conventions
FBI, police visits to young people rile ACLU official

By Karen Abbott, Rocky Mountain News
July 24, 2004

Law enforcement officers visited several Denver young people Thursday to warn them against committing violence at the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

"This is part of an ongoing FBI investigation with the Joint Terrorism Task Force," Colorado FBI spokeswoman Monique Kelson said Friday. "That's all that we can comment right now."


The Joint Terrorism Task Force includes officers from local law enforcement agencies.

Mark Silverstein, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Colorado, said young people living at two locations in Denver reported the visits to the ACLU and that similar visits have occurred elsewhere in the United States in recent days.

He said officers told the Denver young people that they were visiting "protesters and anarchists."

"It's an abuse of power, designed to intimidate these kids from exercising their constitutional right to protest government policies and associate with others who want to protest government policies," Silverstein said.

Denver police public information officers referred inquiries to the FBI on Friday night.

Sarah Bardwell, 21, said six officers arrived about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Denver home she shares with four other young people. Two houseguests also were there, she said.

The six officers identified themselves as four FBI agents and two Denver police officers, but declined to give their names after the young people declined to give theirs, Bardwell said.

One officer said he took the young people's refusal to give their names as "noncooperation" and said he would have to use "more intrusive efforts to get his job done," Bardwell said.

"We had really no idea what was going on," she said.

"They told us in a joking way that they were doing community outreach and getting to know the neighbors," she said.

Then the officers said they were "doing some preventative measures and investigating," she said.

She said the officers asked three questions: Are you planning to be involved in any criminal acts at the national conventions? Do you know anybody who is? Are you aware that if you assist or know anybody planning any criminal acts and do not report them, it's a crime?

"We declined to answer," Bardwell said.

She said she refused to answer on principle, not because she's hiding anything. She said she doesn't plan to attend either party's national convention.

"I would normally be completely open," Bardwell said.

Silverstein said law enforcement officers made a similar visit to another Denver home, occupied by four or five young people.

Bardwell said she and her housemates believe they were visited because they have participated in protests in the past - including one the day before against the recent shooting death of a 63-year-old disabled man by a Denver police officer who was looking for someone else and mistook a soda can the man was holding for a gun.

Other causes in which she has been active include protests against Columbus Day as a celebration of oppression of native people, work with an organization that collects food donated by grocery stores for homeless people and anti-war protests, Bardwell said.

She is an intern with the American Friends Service Committee, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in the 1940s for its work against violence. AFSC also advocates for prisoners' rights.

"I think it was an intimidation tactic and it was designed to threaten people who are analyzing our current government and its policies and the system in the United States - an intimidation tactic that is used to crush any form of resistance or dissent or public expression of disapproval," Bardwell said.

She said the visit from law enforcement officers motivated her to learn more about her rights and to be "even more active in my community."





 abbottk@RockyMountainNews.com or 303-892-5188

... 24.Jul.2004 16:28

this thing here

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