[Ppnews] Northwest govt repression - Affidavit indicates FBI targeted anarchists for being anarchists

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    Affidavit indicates FBI targeted anarchists for being anarchists
    <http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/affidavit-indicates-fbi-targeted-anarchists-for-being-anarchists/>

Posted on February 7, 2013 
<http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/affidavit-indicates-fbi-targeted-anarchists-for-being-anarchists/> 

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The newest document released in the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury case 
reveals the federal government's criminalization of anarchists. On 
January 30, a redacted affidavit was unsealed by order of Judge Richard 
Jones. The affidavit can be found Redacted Warrant 
<http://nopoliticalrepression.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/redacted-warrant.pdf>.

Throughout the document Geoffrey Maron, an FBI Special Agent assigned to 
the Joint Terrorism Task Force, repeatedly refers to individuals under 
investigation as being "known anarchists," as if the ideology alone is 
evidence of a crime. Maron admits that "many anarchists are 
law-abiding," but continuously points to the "Oregon Conspirators" as 
being known as part of the anarchist community. Similarly, Maron notes 
that some of the Portland police had seen many of those individuals at 
squats in Portland --- as if that had any relevance to the investigation 
other than that it might corroborate that the targeted individuals are, 
in fact, anarchists.

Likewise, in justifying a preemptive investigation of the May Day 
protests, Maron points to an article appearing in the anarchist magazine 
Tides of Flame, quoting that writers there "urge everyone there to skip 
out on school and work to take to the streets."  This passage indicates 
that, not only was the FBI monitoring the anarchist press in advance of 
the May Day protest, but the quote suggests that it was precisely the 
possibility of a popular mobilization under the anarchist banner that 
prompted law enforcement attention.  Elsewhere, Maron also indicates 
that Portland-based anarchists were personally under surveillance before 
the may Day protests, and were followed by FBI agents when they left the 
city.

Furthermore, according to Maron's statement, law enforcement used 
information gleaned from electronic records to identify "associates and 
conspirators" of the anarchists under investigation.  By referring to 
"associates" (in addition to "conspirators"), Maron as much as admits 
that the FBI is casting its net over the entire anarchist movement, not 
narrowly investigating specific illegal acts.

The text of this affidavit further strengthens the argument that the FBI 
is targeting anarchists for being anarchists, not for any alleged crimes.

At present, three people are in jail for refusing to collaborate with 
the FBI/grand jury witch hunt.  The Committee Against Political 
Repression urges everyone to support Matt Duran, Kteeo Olejnik, and 
Maddy Pfeiffer, and to demand that U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan end the 
investigation immediately.

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