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13 March 2006 @ 06:29 pm
Finally made the list...  

A March 9 report on north Texas IMC revealed that the Central Texas office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had placed Food Not Bombs and Indymedia on a potential terrorist watchlist. An article by Elizabeth Wagoner stated:

“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.

Rasner then placed the FBI’s Central Texas “Terrorist Watch List” on the screen. On a list of approximately ten groups, Food Not Bombs was listed seventh. Indymedia was listed tenth, with a reference specifically to IndyConference 2005. The Communist Party of Texas also made the list. Rasner explained that these groups could have links to terrorist activity.”

I’ve participated in both movements the past five years. My experience with Food Not Bombs involved digging in trash looking for retrievable food, driving a van around, chopping veggies, listening to a lot of punk rock and serving a free wholesome meal in Richmond’s Monroe Park to a couple hundred people every Sunday. Toiling for hours in front of a computer screen, diffusing information and working with dozens of fiercely dedicated and intelligent people from all over the U.S. and the world sum up my time as a media activist with Indymedia.

I think about the comrades I’ve worked with on these projects. Some of my so-called co-Talibans in action are people who work shitty day jobs, activists, students, artists, labor organizers, parents or people who don’t care about working. All seek a common world vision where inequality, war and injustice are replaced by solidarity, self-determination and direct democracy. These are liberated folks who haven’t swallowed the life pill of isolation, fear and greed administered by Society, Government and Capitalism, Inc.

Living a life in search of an alternative positive existence while trying to impact the lives of other people in your community is considered terrorist activity. Engaging in cultural resistance, reclaiming space, questioning authority and general misbehaving is terrorist activity. What I am doing right now, listening to Mr. Lif (socially conscious hip hop) and writing, is this classified as terrorist activity?

I initially brush off these reports; why should I care what they say about me if I don’t believe in their authority? But just under the surface of lists like that of the central Texas FBI is a mercurial warning of tough times ahead. Of course this isn’t anything new; government surveillance and repression have always been prevalent in periods of struggle. The government does its best to undermine people’s movements by convincing the public that we are dangerous, infiltrating our organizations, attacking us, jailing us and killing us.

As history has shown, the government reacts violently and deadly when tested. Same struggle, different round. The government killed Martin Luther King, Jr., Ana Mae Aquash from the American Indian Movement, hundreds of unionists, how many people at the Wounded Knee massacre in 18.., The FBI’s

So now that the ultra-right that believes it has a mission from God to rule the earth until the arrival of Rapture has firmly planted itself in the U.S. government, they are in charge of all of the institutions that can really fuck-up an everyday person’s life. It’s going to take away our loosely-knit social safety nets of public education and social security and send out the attack dogs of the FBI, CIA, military and police to force us out of our activity.

If they’re going to try and take me down while I’m on dumpster diving missions with my friends or videotaping a protest and then editing footage with someone else, then it will have been my pleasure to have worked with these people, doing my best to make the world a better place.
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