Voice of the Voiceless
A woman was arrested recently by state police
on a non-activist charge and received a jail visit � from the FBI. They promised
a "deal" in which they could "make all [the charges] go away" if she would work
to provide them information about myself other activists.
The woman has
not been involved in any public campaigns in approximately 3 years. Her arrest
was not activist related, but the FBI took the opportunity to use her
imprisonment as leverage to induce cooperation. It is not clear what information
the FBI sought. They specifically asked about several activists by name,
including myself. The woman refused to talk with them and told them to speak her
A little over a year ago I wrote about the increasing trend of
police and FBI attempting to exploit conflicts among activists to induce them to
provide information. One attempted questioning in Los Angeles was profiled
in this article, in which I wrote:
This recent visit is (at
least) the fifth case in recent weeks of police and/or the FBI interviewing or
attempting to interview activists who have either dropped out or been
ostracized. The recent campaign appears to target those viewed as weak links.
Talking to law enforcement will always hurt you and others. The FBI only
talks to people for one reason: to put you or another activist in jail.
Answering even seemingly benign questions is extremely dangerous. Any
information you provide them will incriminate other activists or yourself. There
is one rule: nobody talks, everybody walks.
Educate yourself on why it is
never ok to talk with the police or the FBI by reading
If An Agent Knocks.
- Peter Young