[Ppnews] Boston Herald article on ABC & ABCF
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Group seeks aid for `political' prisoners
By Michele McPhee
Monday, February 28, 2005
One of the missions Anarchist Black Cross Federation heralds is the support
of ``political prisoners,'' urging sympathizers to send money, stamps and
letters to convicts, including two notorious revolutionaries imprisoned in
William ``Lefty'' Gilday, a one-time minor league baseball player
from Amesbury who joined the Weather Underground while attending
Northeastern University, is serving a life sentence at MCI-Shirley for
killing Boston police officer William Schroeder in a 1970 bank heist.
Schroeder, a father of nine, interrupted a robbery at a Brighton
State Street Bank branch by Gilday and other armed revolutionaries,
including Brandeis University student Katherine Ann Power, to fund an
uprising against the U.S. government.
Gilday was convicted of shooting Schroeder in the back. In 1984,
Gilday was convicted of running a credit-card fraud operation using the
prison's phones and defrauding American Express of $4,000.
Another revolutionary ABCF supports, Jaan Karl Waaner, writes a Web
site magazine, www.4strugglemag.com, from his cell at MCI Cedar Junction in
Walpole, where he is classified as a security-threat prisoner.
Waaner, who grew up in Roxbury and was a martial arts trainer with
the Amandla Peoples security firm, is serving a long sentence for a series
of bombings, including a 1976 blast at the Suffolk County Courthouse that
injured 22 people.
Last week, state Department of Correction spokeswoman Diane Wiffin
said Waaner's magazine is not approved.
``It is not sanctioned by the DOC,'' said Wiffin. ``We monitor this
material as much as possible.''
FBI: Anarchists operating in Hub
By Michele McPhee/ HERALD EXCLUSIVE
Local Joint Terrorist Task Force investigators are keeping close tabs on a
group of anarchists hellbent on creating a classless society - using armed
resistance if necessary, the Herald has learned.
Anarchist Black Cross Federation, an organization that FBI Director Robert
S. Mueller calls an
"emerging revolutionary group,'' has active members in Boston who have
distributed fliers against the war in Iraq, including one that reads:
"Synchronized bombing is a lie. But we can be more precise.'' The flier,
released by Anarchist Black Cross Boston, goes on to list the address of
Boston Police Headquarters in Roxbury, FBI headquarters in Government
Center, the IRS building and a military recruiting center on Summer Street.
There is also a list of corporate sites, including Fidelity, the Gap,
Niketown, and Raytheon's
"We are aware of this group, and the flier. The potential victims were
notified,'' said FBI
spokeswoman Gail Marcienkiewicz.
The group first garnered police attention last summer as Boston police
prepared for the Democratic National Convention, said police department
spokesman Sgt. Tom Sexton.
"They showed up on the radar shortly before the DNC. It's not a new group
to us,'' Sexton said.
"Investigators have been aware of this particular group, and we are working
our partnership on the state and federal level,'' he added.
Anarchist Black Cross has a Web site that lists monthly meetings at a
Cambridge apartment, and urges support at court appearances for people it
calls "comrades,'' including Dominic Giannone, 29, a union boilermaker from
Quincy who was arrested during the DNC for assaulting Boston police
Superintendent Robert Dunford.
"Boston ABC supports all the protestors who took to the streets during the
DNC,'' John Riley, an ABC member, wrote in an e-mail responding to a
request for an interview, adding that the group opposes "unprovoked
On Feb. 16, Mueller addressed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
about the "potential for violence'' by ABCF and other domestic militant groups.
"The stated goals of the ABCF are the abolishment of prisons, the system of
laws, and the
capitalist state,'' Mueller said. ``The ABCF believes in armed resistance
to achieve a stateless and classless society. ABCF has continued to
organize, recruit, and train anarchists in the tactical use of firearms.''
The FBI chief also said some US-based militant groups "follow radical
variants of Islam, and in some cases express solidarity with al-Qaeda and
other international terrorist groups.''
Riley insisted his group, which has around 25 members, does not sympathize
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