UPDATE: The FBI Is Approaching Seattle Climate-Change Activists

Earth First! Newswire

from Slog

Earlier this month, Ansel posted about climate-change activists who had supposedly been visited by FBI agents.

That raised the specter of another grand jury circus: raids on the homes of activists, subpoenas, the question of how far the FBI will go to conduct social mapping of local protest networks, and the possibility of more grand-jury refusers winding up in solitary confinement after declining to answer questions about other people’s politics. (If you missed the last go-round, to do with the downtown vandalism on May Day of 2012, see here and here and a big old Google roundup here.)

A few days ago, six activists released a statement to The Stranger confirming that they were approached by FBI agents—two of the three agents left business cards identifying themselves as special agent Matthew Acker and special agent Kera O’Reilly—who, the activists say, asked about opposition to tar sands development…

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