FBI Affidavit Demonstrates Political Nature of FBI Investigation

On October 18, SeattlePI.com ran an important article, “Agent: FBI tailed Portland anarchists headed to May Day riot.” While the piece describes previously unavailable details of the FBI’s investigation into the May Day actions, the most important fact is contained in the first sentence:

“the FBI’s interest in several suspects predated the political vandalism that swept downtown Seattle.”
Though the May 1 protest and the attack on the Federal Court House in particular, has been cited as the cause of the current FBI/Grand Jury investigation, the article clearly shows that the FBI was already keeping a close watch on Portland-area anarchists — following their vehicles and monitoring their text messages, at the least.

CAPR has consistently argued that the extensive surveillance, swat raids, and grand jury subpoenas were not simply a response to a few broken windows but demonstrate an effort to criminalize the political philosophy of anarchism.

The FBI’s treatment of anarchism as evidence of criminality in the affidavit quoted in the P-I supports the conclusion that the ongoing investigation is more about politics than law. The political nature of this investigation is also demonstrated by the scale of the state’s attack and the seizure of “anarchist literature” in armed raids. The fact that the investigation actually preceded any unlawful act only proves the point.

4 responses to “FBI Affidavit Demonstrates Political Nature of FBI Investigation

  1. nonviolentconflict

    Reblogged this on NonviolentConflict.

  2. A comrade told us that they were doing some research into the documents mentioned in the PI article; they found the likely case file on the PACER system (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) but it was completely empty. They checked back again today and the file was missing completely. They then called the court clerk who said the documents were likely “mistakenly unsealed and then sealed again.” So basically, the feds are playing a game, leaking info to the press (probably a journalist they have ties with) to make people panic.

  3. You can show your support for Matt and KteeO by writing our sending books at the addresses given in the following post. Also good news is that they have been released from solitary and put into prison general population, where they have been greeted like the heroes they are


  4. Please keep the updates and analysis coming. I’ve been writing about this on Bill of Rights Defense Committee’s blog, too, to try to keep as many people informed:
    Thank you!

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