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(sup) Comments from Chris Plummer Regarding Security

From Ernesto Aguilar <may19x@yahoo.com>
Date Sat, 12 Apr 2003 14:04:29 +0200 (CEST)


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All,
In response to the accounts of his case, which have
appeared on several anarchist news sites, I conferred
with Chris Plummer on Thursday about recent issues. I
am forwarding content from our discussions, per his
request.

Chris has asked specifically that attention not be
placed on his particular case, nor did he request that
it be made public. Charges currently against him are
for a parole violation, although threatened conspiracy
charges may/may not be filed. History has demonstrated
that people engaged in progressive social movements
are targets of federal authorities. Chris is not the
first and won?t be the last.

At this time, he does not expect to write a public
statement on his case, his questioning or the nature
of FBI investigations. He has various reasons for
this, but will speak privately to people he knows on
these issues (contact me directly if you have
questions).

Chris does, however, want several comments made
public, and asked me to pass them along. Some do not
have anything to do with his case, but, through
questioning, became very clear.

Federal agents are monitoring email and websites, and
using that information to try to put people in prison.
No matter what you may think, you are not anonymous
online and what you say via email and websites is
being collected. Electronic mail surveillance was
approved in the passage of the U.S. Patriot Act, and
FBI use of technology such as DCS1000 (formerly named
Carnivore) is alive and well. Chris mentions that the
FBI brought up several of his e-mail messages.
Although Chris says their content did not express or
imply illegal actions, agents were nonetheless
interested.

Be mindful of what you say and the context in which it
can be portrayed. Far too often, people desiring
change get caught up in the moment and climate of the
political subculture in which we may be active.
Unfortunately, we can tend to lose sight of the fact
that our ideas, if we fail to define our messages,
frighten or repulse the general public. It is
important that we take responsibility for how we
present our ideas. Thoughtless turns of phrase can
provide pretext for law enforcement to move. Intent
and perception of threat are potent tools for
prosecutors.

Understand your legal rights. It?s commonplace to hear
people active in social movements to acknowledge that
police violate rights and that the rights currently in
place are irrelevant. We indeed have an uphill battle.
But if you aren?t aware of your rights and a cop isn?t
legally bound to inform you of them, you?re history.
If you are questioned, stopped, etc., it is imperative
that you courteously but firmly assert your rights. In
the United States, here is one of many legal
references available:

Rights Information and Federal Agents
http://www.nlg.org/resources/kyr/kyr_english.htm

This post is intentionally vague in some areas. This
is for security concerns, and not to keep y?all in the
dark or to hide anything Email me privately if you
need clarifications.

e.

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