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On the 8th of December six activists were arrested across the US in a series of coordinated raids by federal marshals. These arrests are part of a nation-wide crackdown on radical activists in the US under new anti-terror legislation. All five activists are now facing life sentences if convicted. Those arrested include a Portland woman accused of taking part in the nation's only act of sabotage on the eve of the 2000 millennium celebration, the toppling of a high-voltage tower near Bend. The charges are in relation to a string of actions which took place between 1998 and 2001 that were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front. ELP news and the North American Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network have updates on the status and whereabouts of these people. [Initial Report]
At 7a.m. on the 22nd of December one of the indicted activists was found dead in his cell. The authorities claim it was a suicide. Bill Rodgers, 40, was a long-time community activist from Arizona where he ran the 'Catalyst Infoshop' bookstore out of his home. For more information or to see how you can support Bill's life work see: www.supportbill.org. [Audio Interview about Bill with his friend and supporter]
The others who were all arrested at the same time as Bill was, were all put on "Suicide Watch", which seems to be just another form of psychological torture. It appears that Police Informants have given information about some of the people currently in custody from this sweep, most notably, Jake the Snake.