UPDATE on the Green Scare in Olympia: The FBI Knocking Campaign Continues |
Monday, May 15 2006
from Olympia Civil Liberties Resource
The FBI is investigating the Olympia community for information regarding the alleged arson at the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington in 2001 and the alleged arsons in 1998 at two Olympia area US Department of Agriculture facilities serving the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Animal Damage Control (APHIS-ADC) program. These incidents are being investigated as acts of domestic terrorism, although there were no injuries nor immediate threats to life incurred in any of these events.
The federal government has until this Sunday, May 21st to issue any more indictments regarding the UW arson. The statute of limitations is due to expire in this case, five years after the May 21, 2001 fire. The trial of defendant Briana Waters is scheduled to begin June 5 in Seattle. The grand jury in Seattle may also issue more subpoenas this week in relation to the trial.
Multiple indictments have already been issued in these cases as part of a broad nationwide round-up of environmental and animal rights activists called "Operation Backfire" by the FBI, and colloquially referred to as the "green scare", a reference to the "red scare" round-up of suspected communists in the US in the 1950's that violated the constitutional rights of citizens to free expression of political and social dissent.
The FBI's knocking campaign for information has been targeting members of the Olympia community. Many local groups are calling for solidarity in not talking to the FBI. Even if you are innocent, you may incriminate yourself or others if you choose to cooperate with the FBI and answer their questions.
The FBI's knocking campaign for information is a threat to civil liberties as the government seeks to isolate and threaten potential informants in an effort to intimidate people into giving up their constitutional right to remain silent. The FBI's activities have a chilling effect on the free expression of dissent in our community. If you or someone you know have been targeted in the FBI investigation, please know that there is community support as well as legal support available to you if you choose to retain your rights and resist the FBI and the grand jury.
If the FBI or grand jury is targeting you or someone you know, please contact the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene, Oregon at 541-687-9180, info(at)cldc.org. If you are in Olympia, the Olympia Civil Liberties Resource is here to help you obtain community and legal support. Contact us at 360-556-6878, olycivlib(at)riseup.net. We are online at www.olycivlib.org.
For more information:
Olympia Civil Liberties Support Hotline: 360-556-6878
http://www.olycivlib.org - Olympia Civil Liberties Resource, Olympia's community support against the green scare.
http://www.cldc.org - Civil Liberties Defense Center