Systematic, illegal domestic surveillance is nothing new. "Thirty-five years ago today [March 8], a group of anonymous activists broke into the small, two-man office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Media, Pa., and stole more than 1,000 FBI documents that revealed years of systematic wiretapping, infiltration and media manipulation designed to suppress dissent." Full story here
Eamon Martin, co-editor of the Asheville Global Report
has a piece
in the current edition of CounterPunch
in which he describes his own close encounters of the creepy kind.
"It had been two months since I'd been arrested in Seattle during the WTO demonstrations, and one month since my step-brother had died from a heroin overdose in New Jersey. I was ringing up some books for this older man -- who I later discovered was named John Quigley [a retired local field director of the FBI] -- when he casually uncorked the shocking comment: 'Oh, Eamon... did I read somewhere that your brother was sick? You're a writer, right?'"
For context, "the FBI has listed Indymedia -- an open source newswire born out of the WTO protests which disseminates news very similar to our newspaper -- as one of the current, top ten domestic terrorist threats in the US. Did you catch that? The FBI now considers disseminating news an act of terrorism."
If you disseminate news on the way to torch an SUV while freeing lab rats, you're in really deep shit
"John Lewis, FBI deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, told a Senate committee earlier this year that environmental and animal-rights activists who have turned to arson and explosives are the nation's 'top domestic-terrorism threat.'"
You go get those bad guys, FBI!
I think that at this point, if the FBI is NOT keeping tabs on you, you're probably not doing your job as an activist!