As Media Mouse reported yesterday, the FBI has “visited” a number of anarchists in the central United States. In two newspaper articles today, one in Denver and one in Lawrence, the government admitted that the visits are part of an investigation by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The Joint Terrorism Task Force has a lengthy history of investigating activists and is believed by many activists to be a modern-day counterpart to the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO work disrupting various social movements in the 1960s and 1970s.
Meanwhile in Boston, repression continues to grow in advance of the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The “free speech zones” designed to “contain” protests are nearly completed, and as shown in a series of pictures posted on the Boston IMC, they resemble an internment camp. In addition, a group of activists was detained for 4-and-a-half hours today, while their bus was searched for “explosives.”