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Discussion in 'Anarchism and radical activism' started by ungovernable, May 20, 2010.

  1. punkmar77

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    Re: Copwatch - FBI Raids Homes Targeting Anarchists

    FBI Raids Homes Across Northwest—Looks Like They Might Be Targeting Anarchists
    Wed, Jul 25, 2012

    FBI agents and local police who are part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided multiple houses in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle this morning—but it's still unclear what the authorities were looking for, exactly.

    No arrests were made in the raids and the warrants for the searches are sealed, which means they're not public record. The most the FBI will say is the raids are part of an "ongoing violent crime investigation." They issued grand jury subpoenas to individuals in all three cities.

    However, the Oregonian talked with the owner of one of the three homes in NE Portland who said the FBI may have been seeking a group of "anarchists" who lived there a year ago and ran an info booth at Last Thursday. In Portland, the three houses raided were 4820 NE 31st Ave, 7129 NE 8th Ave, and 6846 N. Greenwich. It's not clear whether this is related, but earlier this month, police raided the home of Occupy Mayday protesters in Seattle.

    KGW has some shots of the agents in the raid. It's a pretty heavy duty squad:

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    This is a clear example of one of the controversial issues about Portland being a part of JTTF. The FBI can work with police to raid Portlanders' houses, but then not make public any information about it... except maybe include some details in a bare-bones report about their involvement down the line. Until then, we're in the dark.

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  3. JesusCrust

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    Re: Copwatch - FBI Raids Homes Targeting Anarchists


    Vermont activists receive FBI visit
    http://www.privacysos.org/node/769

    On July 26, 2012 at 1 PM activists near Burlington, VT received a knock at the door of their home from two FBI agents. The agents asked to speak with a member of the household who wasn't present. The person who answered the door, organizer and self-identified anarchist Jo Robin, a pseudonym, asked the agents why they were looking for her roommate. While they initially declined to tell her, they ultimately said that they wanted to ask him questions about the Northeast Governors' Conference, to take place in Burlington over the July 28th weekend.

    Organizers from the northeast United States and Quebec have planned a convergence to coincide with the binational governors' meeting, the BTV Convergence. Members of the FBI-targeted house near Burlington have been actively involved in planning the convergence, including Jo Robin.

    "I think it's highly inappropriate for the FBI to visit my home to ask my roommate about his political activity," said Robin. "That kind of intimidation intends to chill political speech. It isn't appropriate and I want the federal government to know that we are not intimidated."

    It's not the first time Robin has been approached by law enforcement to inquire about her First Amendment protected political activity. While organizing in New York City she was repeatedly, informally interrogated by plainclothes NYPD officers about her protected speech and association. On more than one occasion, members of the NYPD legal office called Robin out by her legal name in public. An NYU and Fordham University study released this week says that Robin is far from alone, reporting "evidence that police made violent late-night raids on peaceful encampments, obstructed independent legal monitors and [were] opaque about [their] policies."

    Today's FBI visit to the activist house near Burlington in advance of the governors' conference follows a week of FBI raids on houses affiliated with anarchists in the northwest United States.

    Also this week, journalist and green activist Will Potter released documents showing that the FBI "is creating reports and maintaining files about the writing, interviews, and lectures of journalists who are critical of the government’s repression of political activists," including his own writing, which agents called "compelling and well written."

    Remember: if the FBI asks to speak with you, you do not have to talk to them, no matter what they say. The best thing you can do is take the agent's card and say your lawyer will contact them. Say nothing else, because lying to a federal agent can get you in very serious trouble, and they'll figure out a way to make it look like you lied. Watch the clip below to see how that works. Don't get caught in their vice; don't speak to them without your lawyer present. Ever.

    http://www.privacysos.org/node/769
     
  4. JesusCrust

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    Oh, btw, for those that don't know:

    ANAHEIM PD IS CORRUPTwe WiLL NOT BE SILENT

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    every Sunday we gather at the Anaheim police Department 12 noon -2pm , to bring awareness to the community in Anaheim and the surrounding cities of Orange County. Anaheim Police Department has gotten away with their lies, brutality, excessive force, racial profiling, misconduct and MURDER for far too long..Their corruption and blatant disregard for our HUMAN/civil rights will NO LONGER BE TOLERATED!! join us .. stand up and let them here your voice... we want JUSTICE_CHANGE_ACCOUNTABILITY_AND TRANSPARENCY. recently the city manager of Anaheim has vocalized his intent to authorize a investigation into the excessive officer involved shootings.. This is a step in the right direction! We will remind the city manager every city council meeting about his solution..expecting the entire process be made fully public ! a press release and media coverage would be good! The (PEOPLE) deserve to know whats been going on their city!!The tourists deserve to know that Anaheim isnt as safe as they assume when they bring their entire families on vacation at the (happiest place on earth) Disneyland...
     
  5. THEBLACKNOVA

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    Re: Copwatch - FBI Raids Homes Targeting Anarchists

    This thread might add light to what's going on in the Pacific North West "RIOT! SEATTLE!":

    viewtopic.php?f=9&t=8571
     
  6. THEBLACKNOVA

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    The growing militarisation of police

    Is access to military-grade weapons changing the mentality of crowd control?

    In this episode of The Stream, we examine the increasing militarisation of civilian law enforcement with Alex Vitale, associate professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, and Spencer Ackerman, senior reporter at Wired Magazine.

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QHdkQln25Y&feature=player_embedded[/video]

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  7. THEBLACKNOVA

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    THE BATTLE FOR DISNEYLAND

    This went down last sunday July 29th, in #ANAHEIM

    there are anti cops protests planed for every sunday, as they have been happening in anaheim on every sunday for like 2-3 years i believe...

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrSIBHZLSpg&feature=player_embedded[/video]
     
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  9. ungovernable

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    Handcuffed Man Shot in Back of Police Car

    Source and video here:
    http://wreg.com/2012/07/30/handcuffed-man-shot-in-back-of-police-car/

    (Jonesboro, AR) Teresa Carter just doesn’t understand what happened to her son Chavis in the back of a police car. Officers picked him up, said he had drugs on him, and missed a court date on more drugs charges.

    “As protocol he was handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched”, said Sergeant Lyle Waterworth, Jonesboro Police.

    Somehow minutes later police say they heard a thumping noised, turned around and found Chavis dead, shot in the head, in the back of the squad car.

    “Any given officer has missed something on a search, be it drugs, knife, razor blades, this instance it happened to be a gun” said Waterworth.

    They’re still investigating but they think Chavis, somehow managed to pull out a hidden gun and shot himself in the head.

    His mother disagrees, “I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal.”, said Teresa Carter.

    She says her son called his girlfriend while pulled over, to say he’d call her from jail. The mother said she was also told her son was shot in his right temple. But she says he was left handed. She says it just doesn’t add up.

    Police say they’re still investigating and haven’t ruled out the possibility that someone else may have shot Chavis Carter. The officer involved is on leave while they investigate.
     
  10. ungovernable

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    Re: Handcuffed Man Shot in Back of Police Car

    And this happenned earlier this month:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index ... e_act.html



    19-year-old shot 5 times for suspected underage drinking
    http://www.copblock.org/18235/19-year-o ... -drinking/
     
  11. ungovernable

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    FBI Agents Raid Homes in Search of “Anarchist Literature” (Seattle)

    It happenned yesterday :

    When FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents raided multiple activist homes in the Northwest last week, they were in search of “anti-government or anarchist literature.”

    The raids were part of a multi-state operation that targeted activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. At least three people were served subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury on August 2nd in Seattle.

    In addition to anarchist literature, the warrants also authorize agents to seize flags, flag-making material, cell phones, hard drives, address books, and black clothing.

    The listing of black clothing and flags, along with comments made by police, indicates that the FBI may ostensibly be investigating “black bloc” tactics used during May Day protests in Seattle, which destroyed corporate property.

    If that is true, how are books and literature evidence of criminal activity?

    To answer that, we need to look at the increasing harassment, surveillance, and prosecution of anarchists and political activists associated with the Occupy Movement.

    In some cases, such as the May Day arrests in Cleveland, the FBI has been so desperate to arrests “anarchist terrorists” that it supplied them with bomb-making materials and used an informant to entrap them. The same thing happened in Chicago.

    The motivation for these operations, and the instruction that “anarchist” means “terrorist,” is coming straight from the top levels of the federal government. As I recently wrote, new documents show that the FBI is conducting “domestic terrorism” training presentations about anarchists.

    The FBI presentation described anarchists as “criminals seeking an ideology to justify their activities.”

    This is the guilt-by-association mentality that is guiding FBI and JTTF assaults on political activists; if agents find “anarchist literature” in a raid, it is evidence of criminal activity because anarchism, in and of itself, is criminal activity.

    The Seattle grand jury may or may not be investigating May Day protests. What’s clear, though, is that the grand jury is being used as a tool in this criminalization of those suspected as “anarchists.” Grand juries are secretive processes that are frequently used against political activists in order to acquire information. They are fishing expeditions. If activists refuse to testify about their personal beliefs and political associations, they can be imprisoned. Jordan Halliday, for example, was recently released after serving more than six months in prison (and being imprisoned once already for four months) for asserting his First Amendment and Fifth Amendment rights and refusing to provide information about the animal rights movement.

    As one organizer with Occupy Seattle said after the raid: “…we are not being raided for connection to any crime, but to some political ideology that the police think we have.

    “I was just doing research on the old Pinkerton strikebreaking paramilitaries, so it’s kind of funny, you know, to have that old Red Scare history burst through my front door at six AM.”

    http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/fb ... ttle/6267/
     
  12. punkmar77

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    Kristian Williams - Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

    Even critics have a difficult time imagining a world without police. But just what is the role of police in a democracy: to serve the public or to protect the powerful? Tracing the evolution of the modern police force back to the slave patrols, this controversial study observes the police as the armed defender of a violent status quo.


    Download PDF 25.57 MB

    http://zinelibrary.info/file/Kristian%2 ... merica.pdf





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  16. JesusCrust

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    July 24th two thousand one and two, there was a "riot" in the street, tell me where were you? While you were sitting home living in apathy, I was participating in some FTP. The first spot we hit, it was the city hall, it only took one crowd to make the police crawl. With the riot gear, it was time to change tide, so we moved the crowd into the city-side. Next stop we hit, it was the APD, mother fuckers pointed military weaponry, finally we got to have our say, "Fuck APD," right in to their face. Eh! (Homocide, never doin' no time.) We returned to city hall to vent out everything, then some pig mother fucker decided to take a swing, so once again we decided to take the street, while throwing rocks we chanted "Fuck the police!" Cuz' everyone in the hood has had it up to here, these racist cops are gettin' worse each and every year, some kids kicked cop cars with their brothers, I saw when they were pullin' away, they were callin' for backup. They say it was for the mexican', it was for the black man, and not for the white man, but if you were out in the street, it was about more than Manuel D. It was about this fucked up city, and it's fucked up police. It's about comin' up, and stayin' on top, and screamin', "187" on every mother fuckin' cop.
     
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    Arizona National Guard Recruiters Hunted Homeless With Paintball Guns, Other Misconduct...


    The Arizona Army National Guard is under fire after The Arizona Republic broke a story this weekend , reporting that recruiters had engaged in gross misbehavior, including sexual abuse, forgery and hunting homeless people with paintball guns.

    The Republic conducted a five-month investigation into the Arizona National Guard's conduct and culture, determining that criminal and ethical misconduct not only exists, but festers due to leadership failures and lax discipline. The newspaper conducted interviews with military officers and obtained records that suggest a decade-long patchwork of "sexual abuse, enlistment improprieties, forgery, firearms violations, embezzlement, and assaults."

    One of the most shocking allegations claims National Guard recruiters frequently hunted homeless people with paintball guns:

    "Bum hunts" -- Thirty to 35 times in 2007-08, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Amerson, a former "Recruiter of the Year," drove new cadets and prospective enlistees through Phoenix's Sunnyslope community in search of homeless people.

    Military investigators were told that Amerson wore his National Guard uniform and drove a government vehicle marked with recruiting insignia as he and other soldiers -- some still minors -- shot transients with paintballs or got them to perform humiliating song-and-dance routines in return for money. During some of these so-called "bum hunts," female recruits said, they were ordered to flash their breasts at transients. Homeless women, conversely, were offered food, money or drinks for showing their breasts.

    Staff Sgt. Chad Wille, cited as a whistleblower, learned of the activity from a 17-year-old private who admitted to taking part in the homeless hunts, according to a separate report from The Republic. She and other female cadets were pressured to join Amerson and flash their breasts at the homeless people they encountered, whom they tried to convince to dance, sing and show their own breasts.

    During one homeless hunt, Amerson reportedly tried to convince a homeless woman to flash her breasts for $10. She refused and he drove away, with the indigent woman holding onto the window of the vehicle. "The female was pulled along and then spun off the car, landing on the ground," notes an investigative report, according to The Republic. "She (the soldier) did not know if the female was hurt because they did not stop."

    Arizona governor Jan Brewer (R) responded to the allegations against the National Guard, saying that the state wants an independent third party to investigate.

    "Gov. Brewer has called for a full, fair and independent review of the Arizona National Guard, its personnel and policies, and the discipline that has been handed down for the recent instances of misconduct that have been documented," Matthew Benson, a spokesman for Brewer, told NBC News. "She would like the inquiry to begin as quickly as possible so that she is provided credible information with which to judge the conduct of the Arizona National Guard and its leaders."

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