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Just say No to the FBI, RCMP and the Police
1. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TALK TO FBI AGENTS,
RCMP, POLICE OR INVESTIGATORS. You do not have to talk to them on the
street, it you've been arrested, or even if you're in jail.
2. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LET THE FBI, RCMP OR
POLICE INTO YOUR HOME OR OFFICE UNLESS THEY HAVE A SEARCH OR ARREST WARRANT.
Demand to see the warrant. It must specifically describe the place to
be searched and things to be seized.
3. IF THEY DO PRESENT A WARRANT, YOU DO NOT
HAVE TO TELL THEM ANYTHING OTHER THAN YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS. You have
a right to observe what they do. You should take written notes of what
they do, their names, badge numbers, and what agency they're from. Have
friends who are present act as witnesses.
4. IF THE POLICE, RCMP OR FBI TRY TO QUESTION
YOU OR TRY TO ENTER YOUR HOME WITHOUT A WARRANT, JUST SAY NO. The police
are very skilled at getting information from people, so attempting to
outwit them is very risky. You can never tell how a seemingly harmless
bit of information can hurt you or someone else.
5. ANYTHING YOU SAY TO A FBI AGENT OR COP
MAY BE USED AGAINST YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE. Once you've been arrested, you
can't talk your way out of it. Don't try to engage cops in a dialogue
or respond to accusations.
6. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REVEAL YOUR HIV STATUS
TO THE POLICE, JAIL PERSONNEL, RCMP OR FBI. If you've been arrested, you
should refuse to take a blood test until you've been brought before a
judge and have a lawyer.
7. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE THREE TELEPHONE
CALLS if you've been arrested on state charges and booked into jail. Within
three hours of your arrest, you have a right to free local calls to a
lawyer, a bail bondsman, and a friend or relative. Demand this right .
8. LYING TO A FEDERAL INVESTIGATOR (FBI OR
OTHER) IS A CRIME.
9. THE FBI MAY THREATEN YOU WITH A GRAND
JURY SUBPOENA IF YOU DON'T TALK TO THEM. They may give you a subpoena
anyway, so anything you tell them may permit them to ask you more detailed
questions later. If you're given a subpoena, you should call a lawyer
immediately or contact the National Lawyers Guild. Tell movement groups
and your friends about the subpoena. Don' try to deal with it alone.
10. IF YOU ARE NERVOUS ABOUT SIMPLY REFUSING
TO TALK, YOU MAY FIND IT EASIER TO TELL THEM TO CONTACT YOUR LAWYER. Once
a lawyer is involved, the FBI and police usually back off because they've
lost their power to intimidate.