At around 8:00 am on Wednesday, April 5th, two FBI agents, one of whom
identified himself as Evan Ray, came knocking on his door in Austin,
TX, asking many questions including whether Scott was stockpiling firearms.
Robert King Wilkerson, former political prisoner, Black Panther and
member of the Angola 3 (www.angola3.org) who is a guest at Scott's
house, answered the door and informed the two agents that Scott was out
of town and refused to answer any of the agent's questions.
Several hours later the two agents returned. This time when Wilkerson
answered the door they knew who he was. The agents pulled out a binder
filled with pictures of firearms and began flipping through it asking
Wilkerson if he had seen any of the firearms in the picture. When
Wilkerson declined to answer any questions, the agents asked to speak
to others in the house, who also refused to answer the agents' questions.
"When I told them that Scott was out of town they started asking to
talk to [other people in the house], even though they came looking for
Scott," Wilkerson said. "No one wanted to talk then so they left their
While the agents questioned people in Austin, other agents from the Ft.
Worth office simultaneously visited the shop where Scott had legally
purchased a firearm, asking the owner Eric Robb numerous questions.
This investigation comes only a month after an FBI agent, G. Charles
Rasner, at a presentation at the UT Law School, listed the Austin
braches of Indymedia and Food Not Bombs as well as anarchists in
general as potential terrorist threats in the Central Texas region.
These events are also amidst a larger wave of recent ongoing government
repression of various activist groups: the arrests and charges brought
against environmental and animal rights activists being called the
Green Scare ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Scare), admissions by the NSA
and Defense Department of surveillance and spying on anti-war and civil
rights groups, the government campaign against Stop Huntington Animal
Scott has been supplied with a lawyer, Charles Roadman, by the Austin
People's Legal Collective after tentatively thinking meet with the FBI
at his lawyer's office under very strict circumstances. The FBI had on
their visits to the house suggested they "would come back until they
got some information" and because, according to agent Ray's conversation
with Mr. Roadman, the refusal of people at the house to talk to the FBI
was considered "acting suspicious". The FBI also stated to Mr. Roadman
that this was a "routine gun check", and that the ATF would be
attending also, which is in contradiction to statements made by dealers in the
firearms industry. One dealer who wished to remain anonymous stated it
was "very unusual".
Crow has decided not talk to the Feds or ATF. "I have acted within my
rights as a citizen within this country and broken no laws. I feel this
is unwarranted harassment by agencies on 'fishing expeditions' to
criminalize those who work for change in this country," Crow said. He
added "I am reminded of the Zapatistas(the EZLN from the southern
Mexican State of Chiapas -ed.) who say: 'We wish not to seize power,
but to exercise it.' Let's not forget, these agencies have a long history
of these scare tactics."
Over the years Scott has been a dedicated activist for social justice,
being involved with a number of local and national groups and campaigns
around issues of political prisoners, racism, prisons, and the
environment. Recently he has received national attention for work he
did co-founding the human rights organization Common Ground Collective in
New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina.
The FBI's harassment of those working for change in our world is meant
to intimidate and isolate. It is important that we step up and stand in
solidarity with our friends and comrades when the state singles them
out for harassment. It is also important that we remain uncooperative with
all law enforcement investigations of our political activities.