Re: Know Your Rights
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From: "ResistersActivists (by way of Tom Condit <tomcondit@...>)"
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Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 10:58 AM
Subject: Know Your Rights
The police are questioning anti-war arrestees about their political
associations and activities. DON'T TALK--ASK FOR A LAWYER!
Political spying by the Police
Police and federal agents nationally have escalated their efforts to
collect information on dissenting individuals and organizations. On May 30,
2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced new guidelines which removed
even minimal restrictions on the FBI which had required a showing of some
criminal activity in order to conduct political surveillance and
monitoring. The new watchword is to go after critics of the government
before any laws are broken. Restrictions barring NYPD surveillance of
political activists and religious organizations (The Handschu Agreement)
are completely removed as of February 2003.
The new guidelines for allowing greater monitoring of political dissidents
is rooted in the needs of the government's "war on the world", presently
focused on Iraq. They are designed to repress opposition as law
enforcement did during the 1960s when they targeted civil rights activists
and anti-Vietnam war protesters, and later against the women's,
environmental, and Central American solidarity movements. Their activities
aimed (often with unfortunate success) to disrupt organizations, promote
divisions, even foment acts of violence that resulted in the death of
political dissidents. (See War At Home, by Brian Glick, South End Press,
NYPD INTEL Interviews and Friendly Cops
Demonstrators arrested at recent anti-war protests have reported being
questioned by the arresting officer about their identity. They are
interviewed by a second officer from the NYPD Criminal Intelligence Section
(INTEL), which is led by NYPD Deputy Commissioner David Cohen, who spent 35
years with the Central Intelligence Agency. The INTEL officer uses
a "Demonstration Debriefing Form" to ask an arrested demonstrator for
information such as "Organization Name", "Organization Position", and
"Prior Demonstration History". You do not have to answer, and should not
answer, these questions.
There is also reason to believe that the long delays to release of people
merely charged with Disorderly Conduct, and the NYPD refusal to allow
lawyers to interview arrestees and advise them of their rights, has been
part of INTEL's strategy to pressure arrestees to cooperate and provide
political information in exchange for an expedited release. Anti-war
arrestees have also reported that police officers in the jail appear to be
friendly, even sympathetic, to the protests. And ask protesters questions
What do you think of the President?
What do you think of the leaders of today protest?
Do you vote?
Be wary of the "friendly cop" who is "only doing his job" but is "really
perplexed by what's going on in the world and respects our decision to
demonstrate" (quotes from a jailed anti-war protester).
IF YOU ARE ARRESTED AND QUESTIONED BY THE POLICE
The fundamental lesson to remember if you are arrested is: DON'T TALK and
ASK FOR A LAWYER. (The only exception to DON'T TALK! is that it is OK to
give only your true name, address, date of birth, fingerprints, and photo
for purposes of release from jail).
You can never tell how a seemingly harmless bit of information might be
used to hurt you or someone else. You have the right to say that you want
to talk to a lawyer even if you do not already have one.
The police are allowed to lie to you when they question you. However,
lying to a federal agent is a crime. Simply state: "I am going to remain
silent; I want to speak to a lawyer".
Refuse & Resist!
For specific legal information, contact your lawyer or your local National
Lawyers Guild or check on line at www.nlg.org
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