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In a guest lecture at the University of Texas School of Law on
Wednesday, FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent G. Charles Rasner
listed Indymedia, Food Not Bombs, and the Communist Party of Texas as
"Terrorist Watch" cause groups in Austin.
Rasner gave a presentation entitled "Counter-Terrorism Efforts in
Texas" to a U.S. Law and National Security class at the Law School. He
used PowerPoint slides to illustrate the nature of the terrorist
threat in Central Texas. The word "Unclassified" appeared prominently
in bold red letters on the opening PowerPoint slide.
Listing three categories of cause groups potentially linked to
terrorist activity, Rasner named white supremacist groups, Islamic
terrorist groups, and Anarchists. When asked what anarchist activity
in Austin the FBI was investigating, Rasner referred the questioner to
the Ted Kaczynski Unabomber case, claiming that Kaczynski "was an
anarchist." He did not discuss Austin-specific anarchist activity when
Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer organization that recovers food
that would otherwise be thrown out and serves vegetarian meals to the
public at no cost. Austin Indymedia is an open newswire in which
readers may publish news, events, and commentary.
In response to a questioner, Rasner stated that the FBI will attend
activist group meetings whenever it suspects that the group might
engage in illegal activity. He said that he saw no problem with an
agent failing to represent himself as a representative of the FBI and
implied that the practice was common.
Student Elizabeth Wagoner requested a copy of the PowerPoint
presentation at the end of the class. Rasner refused, claiming the
presentation was private government property. He then refused a
request for the contact information of the FOIA officer in his bureau,
saying it "was not worth [his] time".