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08/16/2004 Archived Entry: "The FBI comes knocking"
THE FBI COMES KNOCKING. If you're an antiwar protestor. Or the neighbor of one. Or a family member of one.
In the last few weeks, beginning before the Democratic convention, F.B.I. counterterrorism agents and other federal and local officers have sought to interview dozens of people in at least six states, including past protesters and their friends and family members, about possible violence at the two conventions. In addition, three young men in Missouri said they were trailed by federal agents for several days and subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury last month, forcing them to cancel their trip to Boston to take part in a protest there that same day.
"The message I took from it," said Sarah Bardwell, 21, an intern at a Denver antiwar group who was visited by six investigators a few weeks ago, "was that they were trying to intimidate us into not going to any protests and to let us know that, 'hey, we're watching you.' ''
Six FBI agents for one itty-bitty girl war protestor? Real terrorists must be thrilled to know feds consider political intimidation to be higher priority than catching hijackers and murderers.
(Rick, do they do this stuff in Germany, too?)
Posted by Claire @ 09:22 AM CST