[Correction: The previous post on this incident contained inaccurate information regarding the subject of the investigation and was retracted. The FBI has not mentioned the Muslim Students Union or Students for Justice in Palestine during their questioning.]
The FBI is seeking information from UCI activists, again
Today a UCI activist comrade was approached by the FBI.
Two FBI agents showed up at the parent’s house wanting to know information on another activist on campus.
This is how the conversation went:
FBI: Do you know X?
Comrade: I do not want to talk to you, I want to talk to my lawyer.
Under NO circumstances talk to the FBI or any cops! ANYTHING you say can implicate your friends and yourself. Do not attempt to say something smart thinking that you are being clever in responding. Even saying “I don’t know” can result in perjury charges. Additionally, do NOT invite them into your home. This is leaves open the opportunity for the FBI to search and gather clues lying around your home. If they come to your doorway step outside, close the door behind you and say “I do not want to talk to you, I want to talk to my lawyer.” Tell them a lawyer will get in touch with them. If they do not leave ask “Am I being detained.” if they say No, WALK AWAY.
This is all intimidating, they want you to be intimidated! Do not let them coerce you into talking, you have the right to remain silent and not implicate your friends and yourself in anything. They do not look as scary as they seem, they in fact look a little douchey, twenty-something, right out of the academy. If you weren’t looking any closer, you could mistake them for Jevoha’s witnesses, or Mormons.
Regardless, treat the FBI like vampires, do not invite them in, do not talk to them, do not let their charms fool you!
Here is an excerpt Not Yr Cister Press, in response to Leah and Grand Jury subpoenas in Portland:
“Whether or not Leah provided information substantial to indictments, her cooperation facilitated the grand jury investigation. Frequently stated in grand jury resistance trainings is that answering even “harmless” seeming questions can have highly damaging outcomes. What appears insignificant could be an essential link in the prosecutor’s case. Further, stating “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” could potentially open you up to perjury charges. Finally, the State had, until October 17, encountered a mostly solid wall of resistance. Their strategy had failed to break solidarity among anarchists. In coercing testimony from Leah, the State damaged the credibility of those who publicly resist.
This point—that even limited cooperation is harmful—cannot be emphasized enough. Saying anything to a grand jury is a problem. Say nothing.”
Solidarity with all Grand Jury Resistors, Solidarity with all activists facing political persecution. Solidarity with all prisoners.
Here are also some good readings:
Occupy Legal (Mainly serving the Bay Area)
NLG: You have the right to remain silent (PDF)