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[Berkeley Daily Planet]
UC Berkeley police, joined by federal and county law enforcement,
raided the Long Haul Infoshop Aug. 27 in search of the source of
threats to university researchers who experiment on animals.
The affidavit filed with Alameda County Superior Court Judge Judith
Ford on Sept. 8 revealed that the search resulted from e-mails
reportedly sent from the Infoshop's computers in March and June.
Two civil liberties organizations are working with the Long Haul to
challenge the warrant: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and
the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild.
The search warrant affidavit, written by UCPD Detective Bill Kasiske
and signed the day before the raid, followed previous warrants served
on Santa Rosa-based Internet provider Sonic.net by fax on March 20 and
July 22 and on e-mail provider Google on June 16.
According to Kasiske's affidavit, many of the e-mails targeted Yang
Dan, a professor of neurobiology specializing in the study of brain
circuits used in the processing of visual information.
Her research figures in one website targeting 27 campus faculty
involved in animal research, while a second website identifies her as
the first among the six faculty members included in the "UC Berkeley
Hall of Shame" for "stupid research on animals."
Police seized six computers from the Infoshop Internet room and nine
other computers from offices in the building, including several taken
from padlocked rooms, including one used by the nonprofit East Bay