Three Occupy activists known as the “NATO 3,” who came to Chicago to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit last May and were arrested and later indicted on terrorism charges, are challenging the constitutionality of an untested Illinois anti-terrorism statute under which they were charged.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 25, 2013 4:11 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 18, 2012 4:32 pm|
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by a lawyer with the National Lawyers Guild against a military operative who infiltrated peace activist groups may proceed.
NLG member attorney Larry Hildes, one of the lawyers involved in bringing Panagacos v. Towery, told Firedoglake this is the “first time any appellate court has ever said that yes you can sue the military for damages for spying on civilian activists. As far as we know there has never been another case that said this.” He added, “By saying we have legitimate causes of action against the army personnel for spying on our clients, getting our clients arrested, etc,” it means we have grounds to sue and that these causes of action, if proven, may entitle plaintiffs to damages.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 30, 2012 4:48 pm|
There are people who by choice describe themselves as anarchists, who are being jailed for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Seattle. They have been subjected to surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They have been issued subpoenas to testify to a grand jury or be held in contempt and held in prison. Some of them have had their homes raided by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Some have had property seized for an investigation that is allegedly into property damage the FBI believes occurred in Seattle on May Day, however, the surveillance of activists by the FBI began in April.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 7, 2012 10:40 am|
The transformation of a city area into a completely locked down zone was both fascinatingly surreal and discomforting, both because one had to wonder if it was all necessary and ponder what it says about our republic that political events are believed to require this high level of security.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 4, 2012 4:52 pm|
As a major protest march against the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, wound its way past the Time Warner Cable Center on Sunday, September 2, two journalists were confronted by undercover cops or agents, who threatened to assault one journalist and actually laid hands on another journalist.
The two journalists, Kevin Gosztola, a Firedoglake.com writer, and Steve Horn, a Truthout contributor, who is credentialed to cover the DNC for WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin, took notice of four burly middle-aged white males taking photos of the undocumented immigrant contingent in the march. They were carrying “No Papers, No Fear” blue flags and had put stickers from the activist group, Code Pink, on their person to make it appear as though they were part of the protest. When the journalists noticed one of the men in an orange shirt was wearing a black earpiece, he two felt they were suspicious and decided to investigate further.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 25, 2012 10:00 am|
A security bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI garnered wide media attention over the past twenty-four to forty-eight hours, raising the specter of possible “anarchist” violence or “terrorism.” The bulletin was largely state propaganda designed to whip up fear ahead of the convention. Given that there has been no preemptive raid against activists there to protest, the publicizing of this bulletin could be aimed at giving agencies cover if something happens.
I appeared on RT America on Friday night to discuss the bulletin, the possibility that drones will be used to police the RNC and what I predict could happen with protesters and security forces during the convention.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 17, 2012 4:00 pm|
Chicago police have reportedly engaged in a preemptive raid against activists that planned to protest the NATO summit. The raid is believed to have taken place late last night in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 11, 2012 6:00 am|
At a press conference at Occupy Chicago’s headquarters, representatives from various groups outlined what they plan to do during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Chicago on May 20-21. They also addressed how Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city, along with the Secret Service, have not fully respected the First Amendment rights of people planning demonstrations.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 21, 2011 12:59 pm|
An unusually dynamic and lively Manhattan Community Board 1 Meeting took place blocks away from Liberty Park yesterday. The Quality of Life/Financial District Committee met to deliberate over Occupy Wall Street and hear remarks from residents. The board members, which have been in support of Occupy Wall Street, have been receiving an increasing amount of complaints about the occupation.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 20, 2011 11:30 am|
Occupy Wall Street is a healthy and robust occupation right now. It is swarming with media, so much media that occupiers are likely growing tired of interviews (which means the best reporting is coming from people who just sit there and observe the occupation). Each and every day there is some kind of an action that pulls into focus how poor, working class and middle class Americans are being made to shoulder the burdens of society while corporations and the richest 1% receive tax breaks, bailouts and enjoy increased influence over government. During the night when the occupation is most vulnerable to raids or a forced dispersal, the camp is at peace because the occupation has largely won this struggle.