The following is an article put out by ABC on August 18th 2004. The
purpose of main stream media publicizing the surveillance is an obvious
effort to frighten people away from action in NYC. It should be taken
with a grain of salt, and obviously the fact that anarchists are being
targeted and surveilled comes of no suprise to most of us. Still this
article is a reminder to watch our backs not only in the coming days but
always as we brain storm, organize, and carry out any action in any
NYPD to Shadow 56 Protesters Believed Most Dangerous
By Marcus Solis
(New York-WABC, August 18, 2004) - An Eyewitness News
exclusive -- details on the incredible lengths the NYPD is taking
to keep the most radical protestors expected at the Republican
Convention under control.
Police are now tracking 56 potentially dangerous people.
Marcus Solis reports from Madison Square Garden.
While international terrorism remains a concern, this operation's
focus is primarily on anarchists, and how they plan to disrupt
the convention. This week the NYPD began instructing officers on
intelligence on this threat. They also began doling out
assignments, and for hundreds of officers that means surveillance
work that will begin next week.
And it starts for them with a trip out of town.
The debriefings have been taking place at John Jay College and
the Police Academy. Inside, the NYPD's intelligence division is
outlining security plans for the upcoming Republican National
The big concern: the anarchist groups which disrupted the W.T.O
conference in Seattle in 1999, and who have threatened to do the
same here. Sources say the NYPD has identified 56 primary
anarchists who will be followed 24 hours a day. One supervisor
and six cops will be assigned to each person.
Sources say detectives are leaving this weekend for Boston,
Washington D.C., North Carolina, and California to begin
surveillance and tail the protestors as they travel to New York.
Sources also say the department is preparing for protestors in
Central Park, convinced many demonstrators will descend on the
Great Lawn on Sunday, August 29th, regardless of whether a permit
Another concern are small explosions set off in Midtown, aimed at
diverting manpower away from the convention site. Police have
already been holding drills where cops simulate a coordinated
response called a surge.
Much of the intelligence has come from NYPD cops who have infiltr
ated various protest groups. Sources say for nearly two years, as
many as 20 cops have been meeting with, traveling with, and
secretly reporting on the activists' plans.
On Thursday, the department will demonstrate training the
training that officers are receiving in arrest tactics. That is
for uniformed officers, but the bulk of the undercover work is to
be handled by the department's narcotics officers.