FBI Harrassment in Seattle – Some Tips on Staying Strong

Note: this post originally appeared on PugetSoundAnarchists.org and can be read in full here:


Over the past few weeks the FBI has contacted and spoken with at least two individuals who have been involved in Occupy Seattle. In both instances, the agents have threatened to take these individuals away from their loved ones. From what is known, these individuals were contacted because of the events surrounding the May 1st General Strike.

It is unknown what specific allegations and accusations the FBI is leveling against these individuals, but the standard tactic of the FBI is to exaggerate the seriousness and consequences of an offense in order to scare someone into cooperating with them or becoming an informant. We would like to remind everyone involved in Occupy Seattle that under no circumstances should anyone talk to the FBI. Anything that is said to them, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can potentially put someone else at risk.

Some tips if you, or someone you know, has been targeted by the FBI:

1: Do not talk to the FBI if they approach you. Simply refuse to answer any questions pertaining to your or others’ opinions or activities. Agents will typically use various manipulative tricks to get information out of you—threats, intimidation, claiming that they already know more than they actually do, claiming that another person has already spilled the beans, etc. Stay strong and keep silent—they do not care about you, they only want to use you to hurt others.

2: If you are contacted by the FBI, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you need help raising funds or finding a lawyer, seek help from friends.

3: If possible, make a public statement that explains what the FBI was asking. This is an important step, as it will prevent paranoia from spreading, something the FBI desires to happen within a social movement.

4: Remember that there are thousands of people on your side, ready to help and protect you to the best of our abilities. Anyone whose lives are negatively impacted by the FBI will be supported and no one will be forgotten. Reach out to your comrades and not the FBI.

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3 Responses to FBI Harrassment in Seattle – Some Tips on Staying Strong

  • donny1020 says:

    I find it interesting that you can know the FBI (Federal Government) is talking to people who were instrumental in co-opting OS for their own agenda on May 1, (which actually was not a “general strike”) and you can’t figure out why.

    It may, just may have something to do with the attack on a public building. It may even be the attack on the Federal Court House across from the Seattle Public Library. Maybe Cody Ingram talked a little when faced with jail time. Here is a link to a video showing the events of May 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB9gMKCAVKE I can’t say for sure, but that’s what I’m thinking.

    What I don’t really understand is why is it that upper middle class and and youth from wealthy families believe they can break the windows out of a public building, in broad daylight and not have the cops involved. I don’t understand why they then cry when they get arrested.

    I also believe what this article is saying is “hey comrades, please don’t rat me out just to save your own butt, please”. It is as if someone realized that the people involved in this action, when faced with arrest, will implicate all their white upper middle class buddies. It is also a recognition that though individuals who claim to be neo-anarchist and revolutionaries and like to break windows they are not willing to go to jail for their political beliefs. This is why you shouldn’t compare yourself to those in the civil rights movement, the labor movement, Nelson Mandela or any other people that actually accomplish reaching goals in an effort to create a more just and equitable society. The Neo-Anarchist and pretend revolutionaries are simply white, wealthy disaffected individuals who think they are still children and should be treated as such.

  • Larry says:

    An example of how an act of civil disobedience where one refuses to move in a non-violent manner and is abused, arrested and jailed by the police takes more courage and commitment than wearing a mask, busting a window, and running away.

    Busting widows is just an adrenaline thing for kids who can’t get laid.

  • Steve Leigh says:

    Solidarity with raided Seattle activists

    The Seattle International Socialist Organization stands in solidarity with Seattle activists raided by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) Tuesday morning, July 10, 2012. Police attacks on the physical safety and civil liberties of political activists are shameful and indefensible.

    Witnesses report that police forcibly entered the apartment of several activists associated with the Red Spark Collective and Decolonize/Occupy Seattle. Police threw flash grenades before ransacking the apartment and searching the activists’ books and belongings. Paperwork handed to the activists by SPD detectives asserted that police were looking for “anarchist materials” and items related to May 1st actions. The activists were held while the apartment was searched and then released without charges.

    This is obviously nothing but an attempt at intimidation of activists—both those directly attacked and anyone else organizing against the 1%. The right to possess “anarchist materials” or any other political literature is theoretically protected by the First Amendment to the State and U.S. Constitutions. Possession of such materials is not a crime, nor is it proof of commission of a crime. There is no reasonable excuse for police to be investigating political opinions and physically attacking people and personal property.

    The police claim that this is related to May 1. Yet on May 1, when some windows were broken downtown, police for the most part stood back and made few arrests. Instead they are using a few easily replaced windows as an excuse to destroy the irreplaceable civil liberties of activists over two months later. This should make it even more clear that the police are defenders of the power and wealth of the 1% against the rights and freedom of the 99%.

    All the civil liberties we have today were fought for and won over decades of struggle against the 1% and their agents . Activists in the 60’s and 70’s forced the police in Seattle and across the U.S. to formally dismantle their political spying operations. The post-9/11 era has given police an excuse for renewed repression. Attacks against Arabs and Muslims and other supposedly potential “terrorists” have become common place. Under Obama , the pace has quickened, with U.S. citizens now subject to imprisonment without trial. Anti-war activists in Minneapolis and Chicago have been recent victims of raids, police entrapment, and Grand Jury investigations.

    It is in the interest of all activists of any political persuasion and all people who care about freedom of speech, press and association to quickly and strongly condemn this raid and any subsequent arrests or trials.

    This is a blatant attack on activists and organizers in Seattle and an aggressive display of political repression. It will not stand! Solidarity with all political activists!