Anarchist’s FOIA Requests Reveal FBI Infiltration

FBI_logoColin Moynihan and Scott Shane make anarchists look pretty smart in this report for the New York Times (or is it just that the FBI is utterly clueless?):

AUSTIN, Tex. — A fat sheaf of F.B.I. reports meticulously details the surveillance that counterterrorism agents directed at the one-story house in East Austin. For at least three years, they traced the license plates of cars parked out front, recorded the comings and goings of residents and guests and, in one case, speculated about a suspicious flat object spread out across the driveway.

“The content could not be determined from the street,” an agent observing from his car reported one day in 2005. “It had a large number of multi-colored blocks, with figures and/or lettering,” the report said, and “may be a sign that is to be used in an upcoming protest.”

Actually, the item in question was more mundane.

“It was a quilt,” said Scott Crow, marveling over the papers at the dining table of his ramshackle home, where he lives with his wife, a housemate and a backyard menagerie that includes two goats, a dozen chickens and a turkey. “For a kids’ after-school program.”

Mr. Crow, 44, a self-described anarchist and veteran organizer of anticorporate demonstrations, is among dozens of political activists across the country known to have come under scrutiny from the F.B.I.’s increased counterterrorism operations since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Other targets of bureau surveillance, which has been criticized by civil liberties groups and mildly faulted by the Justice Department’s inspector general, have included antiwar activists in Pittsburgh, animal rights advocates in Virginia and liberal Roman Catholics in Nebraska. When such investigations produce no criminal charges, their methods rarely come to light publicly.

But Mr. Crow, a lanky Texas native who works at a recycling center, is one of several Austin activists who asked the F.B.I. for their files, citing the Freedom of Information Act. The 440 heavily-redacted pages he received, many bearing the rubric “Domestic Terrorism,” provide a revealing window on the efforts of the bureau, backed by other federal, state and local police agencies, to keep an eye on people it deems dangerous…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • Chris Mounce

    Anarchists, anarchists, Does whatever an anarchist can Plots & schemes, strategize Catches g-men in a web of lies Look Out! Here comes the anarchists.

    Are they strong? Listen bud, They’ve got libertarian blood. Won’t stop fighting until they’re dead Take a look overhead Hey, there There goes the anarchists.
     
    In the chill of night At the scene of a crime Like a streak of light They arrive just in time.
     
    Anarchists, anarchists Friendly neighborhood anarchistsWealth and power They’ve ingnored Direct action is their reward.
     
    To them, life is a great big bang up Whenever there’s a hang up You’ll find the anarchists.

  • Chris Mounce

    Anarchists, anarchists, does whatever an anarchist can. Plots & schemes, strategize – catches g-men in a web of lies. Look Out! Here comes the anarchists.

    Are they strong? Listen bud, They’ve got libertarian blood. Won’t stop fighting until they’re dead. Take a look overhead. Hey, there! There goes the anarchists.
     
    In the chill of night at the scene of a crime like a streak of light they arrive just in time.
     
    Anarchists, anarchists. Friendly neighborhood anarchists! Wealth and power they’ve ingnored. Direct action is their reward.
     
    To them, life is a great big bang up. Whenever there’s a hang up. You’ll find the anarchists.

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