[sixties-l] Fwd: COINTELPRO targets anti-globalization movement

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    >Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2000
    >To: cpa@lists.uchicago.edu, asc@listhost.uchicago.edu
    >Subject: [asc] COINTELPRO targets anti-globalization movement
    >Report on Federal Anti-Activist Intelligence Network
    > By Frank Morales
    >On May 4, 2000, the Intelligence Newsletter, based in Paris, France,
    >published a report which stated that "sources close to the Washington DC
    >Metropolitan Police have given Intelligence Newsletter details about
    >intelligence units that gather information on anti-globalization militants
    >in the US and elsewhere". (1) In addition, the same sources said that
    >during the April 17 Break the World Bank DC protests, "reserve units from
    >the US Army Intelligence and Security Command helped Washington police keep
    >an eye on demonstrations staged at the World Bank/IMF meetings." In
    >addition, the French intelligence service report notes that "the Pentagon
    >sent around 700 men from the Intelligence and Security Command at Fort
    >Belvoir to assist the Washington police on April 17, including specialists
    >in human and signals intelligence. One unit was even strategically located
    >on the fourth floor balcony in a building at 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue with
    >a birds-eye view of most demonstrators."
    >According to the report, information on the protest movements is collected
    >and stored by six Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) centers funded
    >by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Ostensibly these
    >intelligence centers are set up to counter organized crime, drugs and
    >terrorism but it takes no great stretch to comprehend how civil
    >disobedience, once defined as a terrorist threat and/or criminal conspiracy
    >would, or has become a target. According to the Intelligence Newsletter
    >report, "the RISS also act against any political activist group deemed to
    >be a threat and over the last year has found itself focusing on
    >anti-globalization groups." In addition, the report notes that in order "to
    >justify their interest in anti-globalization groups from a legal
    >standpoint, the authorities lump them into a category of terrorist
    >organizations. Among those considered as such at present are Global Justice
    >(the group that organized the April 17 demonstration), Earth First,
    >Greenpeace, American Indian Movement, Zapatista National Liberation Front
    >and Act-Up." Although this story has yet to be verified, given the
    >existence of RISS and the paranoid proclivities of the US national security
    >state and its civil disturbance planning apparatus, we should assume the
    >report is accurate.
    >According to RISS program documents (2), the agency is set up to "share
    >intelligence and coordinate efforts against criminal networks that operate
    >in many locations across jurisdictional lines." The program "serves more
    >than 5,300 member law enforcement agencies" across the country including
    >the FBI, DEA, IRS, Secret Service, Customs and the BATF. It is overseen by
    >the Bureau of Justice Assistance, State and Local Assistance Division, 810
    >Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC (202-305-2923). Its immediateoverseer is
    >the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), PO Box 12729,
    >Tallahassee, Florida, (850-385-0600). The IIR also sponsors the State and
    >Local Anti-Terrorism Training program (SLATT) which provides, via its
    >"extremist research experts", "training and information to state and local
    >law enforcement personnel in the areas of domestic anti-terrorism and
    >extremist criminal activity." (3) The FBI's National Security Division
    >Training Unit is a partner with IIR in providing SLATT training nationally.
    >According to a 1999 Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) report on RISS, the
    >six federally funded Regional Information Sharing System centers are
    >financed "to support law enforcement efforts to combat multi-jurisdictional
    >criminal conspiracies and activities." (4) The six centers, the Middle
    >Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network, Newtown, PA,
    >the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center, Springfield, MO, the New
    >England State Police Information Network, Franklin, MA, the Rocky Mountain
    >Information Network, Phoenix, AR, the Regional Organized Crime Information
    >Center, Nashville, TN, and the Western States Information Network,
    >Sacramento, CA, are set up in such a way that "each center's staff possess
    >sufficient flexibility to tailor the individual center's priorities and
    >operations to the particular- perhaps unique - needs of the region."
    >According to the BJA report, the centers "maintain pools of specialized
    >investigative equipment for loan to participating member agencies",
    >including "photographic, communications (and) surveillance" equipment. In
    >addition, "all six RISS Intelligence Centers have confidential funds
    >available to member agencies for the purchase of investigative information,
    >contraband, stolen property, and other items of an evidentiary nature. The
    >net amount of confidential funds provided by the centers to member agencies
    >totaled $265,526 for 1998."
    >According to the Intelligence Newsletter report cited earlier, it's the
    >Mid-Atlantic Network, based in Newtown, Pennsylvania, whose region includes
    >New York and the District of Columbia, that is particularly efficient in
    >activist spy work. According to the report, that center "distributes
    >intelligence on the groups to other police departments via RISSNET,
    >enabling investigators to find links between the movements and look into
    >their finances, telephone calls and membership lists." According to
    >Mid-Atlantic Network documents, it was "initiated by the US Congress in
    >1974 to aid law enforcement agencies in targeting, identifying, and
    >removing multi-jurisdictional criminal elements." The Network offers a
    >"secure database containing information concerning known or suspected
    >criminals, businesses, organizations and their related identifying
    >information", along with "training in the seizure of computers." (5)
    >As mentioned earlier, the Intelligence Newsletter report claims that
    >hundreds of Army intelligence operatives were present during the DC
    >anti-World Bank demo. Again, with a premonition of tens of thousands of
    >protesters, it is quite likely that the report is accurate. After all, one
    >can rest assured that the Department of Defense Civil Disturbance Plan,
    >code-named Garden Plot, is especially fixated on defending the seat of
    >government (corporate) power in America. (6) That DC was flooded with
    >intelligence operatives and assorted government spies is, lamentably, quite
    >likely. The US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), cited in
    >the French report, is a "a major army command", which "conducts dominant
    >intelligence, security and information operations for military commanders
    >and national decision makers." (7) Based at Fort Belvoir, Flagler Road,
    >Virginia, (the Nolan Building) since 1989, INSCOM recently redesignated a
    >number of units including "the Continental United States Military
    >Intelligence Group that supported the National Security Agency and a number
    >of field stations."
    >According to military documents, during the course of the 90's, "INSCOM was
    >drawn into contingency operations other than war all over the globe" These
    >"contingency operations" or domestic military operations other than war,
    >are law enforcement "support missions" in civil disturbance suppression.
    >Quite possibly they are run out of the "Emergency Operations Center" at
    >Fort Belvoir. These operations have been enhanced with the recent creation
    >of the "National Ground Intelligence Center." Further, according to INSCOM,
    >"the mission of the Special Security Group that had disseminated Sensitive
    >Compartmented Information since World War II was drastically realigned. The
    >unit was redesignated and resubordinated to the 902nd Military Intelligence
    >Group." Some of this "sensitive" information is contained in so-called top
    >secret SAP programs. In this regard, INSCOM is in the business of
    >"providing counterintelligence support to the Army's growing number of
    >Special Access Programs -- highly sensitive projects which required
    >exceptional security measures." Actually, the gathering of intelligence
    >during the DC protest involves an even higher source, given that "in 1993
    >the Secretary of Defense ordered service human intelligence assets
    >consolidated under Defense Intelligence Agency control", at which time
    >"INSCOM turned over most of its human intelligence operations"
    >Intelligence Newsletter, No.381, "Watching Anti-WTO Crowd", May 4, 2000,
    >Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, www.iir.com/riss/
    >State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program, www.iir.com/slatt/
    >Bureau of Justice assistance, The RISS Program, 1998,
    >Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network,
    >Frank Morales, "US Military Civil Disturbance Planning: The War at Home",
    >CovertAction Quarterly #69, Spring/Summer 2000, www.covertaction.org/
    >US Army Intelligence and Security Command, www.vulcan.belvoir.army.mil/
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