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FBI visits individuals workplace in Oakland
by Stop Cal Vivisection
Saturday Aug 16th, 2008 6:45 PM
FBI visit in Oakland
FBI agents showed up unannounced at an individuals workplace in Oakland. They seemed more obsessed with who they think her friends might be than anything. They made mention of Santa Cruz and some type of flyer. They wanted to know if she could lead them to two individuals. They stated that they are going to have to keep investigating if two named individuals don't give them a call. The person made clear that she didn't know anything and was busy at work. After being told several times to leave, Agent Andrew Myers finally took a hint and left his card

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by .sc
Sunday Aug 17th, 2008 8:11 PM
huh. Yes, it seems like the cops or FBI could be expected to harrass the group that did the overt, above-ground demonstrations at homes of Berkeley area professors, because they published lists and they probably suspect that the Santa Cruz arsonists were the ones who did the Santa Cruz list. And they probably think you guys all hold club meetings together. The thing is, the fact that you openly advertised your stuff makes it less likely that the Berkeley group actually did anything at all.. I mean, who would be so stupid as to not expect monitoring at these open-call home demos.
by unnamed
Thursday Aug 21st, 2008 5:04 PM
Sounds like the authorities are doing their job. Some people broke the law and officials are investigating the indecent. The person they questioned did not have their rights violated.
by murder
Thursday Aug 21st, 2008 8:09 PM
"Sounds like the authorities are doing their job. Some people broke the law and officials are investigating the indecent. The person they questioned did not have their rights violated."


COINTELPRO is an acronym for a series of FBI counterintelligence programs designed to neutralize political dissidents. Although covert operations have been employed throughout FBI history, the formal COINTELPRO's of 1956-1971 were broadly targeted against radical political organizations.
by a-hem
Friday Aug 22nd, 2008 10:22 AM
ditto on everything from above comment about COINTELPRO

but I wanted to add that it was completely unnecessary for them to show up at the person's workplace. in doing that, it is obvious that they wanted to really rattle, intimidate, and embarrass this person. that and perhaps not-so-subtly threaten their livelihood. how many employers are excited about having the FBI show up to disrupt the work flow?

so, if the FBI's job is to crush dissent (as noted in comment above), then yes, they did a fine job. if it is to investigate a "crime" and merely ask some questions they went overboard here
by Those rude boyz
Saturday Aug 23rd, 2008 5:34 PM
What a crass bunch of louts those FBI guys are; they showed up unannounced at this person's place of business? How rude.

They should take a lesson from the Animal Rights activists here in Santa Cruz. Our activists know how to do it in a civil manner.

First, you set out flyers announcing the home address of the faculty and researchers you intend to intimidate and harass.

Then you visit them at their homes and announce yourself with a molotov cocktail that can be enjoyed by the entire family; small children included.

Showing up at one's workplace, unannounced, is sooooo tasteless. I'm truly chagrined for the FBI. Tres gauche.
by out of santa cruz
Monday Sep 29th, 2008 3:48 PM
"We don't have much information as of yet.

Here is what we know:

Last week the FBI visited at least three people with court orders and collected DNA samples.

At least one other individual has been subpoenaed to a San Francisco federal grand jury hearing on October 14th (we believe that's the correct date).

Again, things are just coming in and we will update as we have more information. Anyone effected by this should PLEASE PLEASE post here. We have to be as public as possible about this harrassment and organize resistance to this (and all) grand juries and other forms of FBI repression."