It should come as no surprise to
activists as it's a tactic they've done thousands of times to hundreds
of politically active groups. The information gleaned from letter opening's
and seizure's can obviously give the police more targets for surveillance
and harassment. This should be a big reminder to us that if people involved
in any type of underground work and want to send a Supporters Group or
any similar group mail, that your security should be of the utmost concern.
Do not include any information which
could gives clues about anyone's identity; Names, return addresses, gender.
Send your reports on plain every day paper (don't use your favorite note
pad) and common envelopes. Either do all writing using all block capital
letters with a common pen, use a stencil, use a public typewriter or a
public computer. Wear gloves always so that your fingerprints are not
on the paper, envelope, or stamp (be careful of fiber traces). Do not
lick the envelope or stamp -- wet it with a sponge. Other suggestions
include using self stick stamps and tape to seal envelopes.
The following is a secure method
that can be revised to fit your needs.
Go to a college/university/school/photo-copy/library
shop and type up a press release on a typewriter or computer (make sure
you do not save a copy anywhere on your disk or on the computer it self)
and print a copy. Make sure to watch for people reading over your shoulder,
try to work when it isn't to busy. You will also want to make a sheet
with the mailing address's of where you are sending letters to.
Alternately methods include: Cut
and paste letters from a magazine or newspaper just make sure you destroy
what ever you cut up. Use a common, stencil ruler or paper stencils available
from a stationary store.
Go to your local public photo copier,
bring two extra pieces of paper with you or find two pieces of paper from
their recycling bin, garbage, etc. Place one piece down on the tray where
your copies come out. Make as many copies as you need to send out and
make sure you DO NOT touch them. Place your other piece of paper down
on top, making sure not to touch any of the papers in between. Keep your
original separate (as it probably has your fingerprints on it) so you
can burn it as soon as possible.
Buy a packet of 10 (more if you
need them) envelopes wrapped in cellophane at any corner store and also
buy a packet of pre-packaged (preferably self stick ones) stamps. Burn
the receipts when you get home.
Take your copies home where you
can put on gloves and remove the outer pages. Now before you get too far,
make sure the area your work area is clean. Now days the threat of DNA
is very real. If you have long hair tie it back, if you have short hair
wear a hat. You DO NOT want a hair (yours, anyone else's, even companion
animals inside an envelope or under a stamp) or any other traceable fiber's
from your sweater, gloves, etc. Seal the envelopes and attach stamps using
a clean new sponge, DO NOT lick them. Address them using a common bic
pen and use all straight line/block capitals. Or cut the address's out
of the copy you made and paste on using a common glue.
Place all of you letters inside
another larger manila type envelope. Take your gloves off destroy any
extra envelope's and stamps. Now go to a mail box as far as possible from
your home, preferably another city or town and dump the contents of the
large envelope into the mail box. Destroy the larger envelope.
Some of the above may seem a fair
bit extreme, but if it saves you from going to prison it's worth any extra
time and money.
[From "Mail Security: Some
Important Tips" by the Animal Liberation Front http://www.animalliberation.net/security/secureletter.html]