Police Log Confirms FBI Role In Arrests
Group Detained, Questioned During D.C. War Protest
A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002 and interrogated some of them on videotape about their political and religious beliefs, newly uncovered documents and interviews show.
For years, law enforcement authorities suggested it never happened. The FBI and D.C. police said they had no records of such an incident. And police told a federal court that no FBI agents were present when officers arrested more than 20 protesters that afternoon for trespassing; police viewed them as suspicious for milling around the parking garage entrance.
But a civil lawsuit, filed by the protesters, recently unearthed D.C. police logs that confirm the FBI’s role in the incident. Lawyers for the demonstrators said the logs, which police say they just found, bolster their allegations of civil rights violations.
The probable cause to arrest the protesters as they retrieved food from their parked van? They were wearing black — a color choice the FBI and police associated with anarchists, according to the police records.
FBI agents dressed in street clothes separated members to question them one by one about protests they attended, whom they had spent time with recently, what political views they espoused and the significance of their tattoos and slogans, according to interviews and court records.
The Constitution guarantees us a right to free assembely, and the right to protest what we think is wrong with this country, that means that the FBI, and whoever put them up to this. (Rove? Cheney? Bush?) and all the people who think that we should not be allowed to protest the war are a bunch of America Hating Communists. Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers put that in the constitution to protect us from dangerous subversives like you.