doormat says, “Come back with a warrant.” The FBI did.
as it is to have the FBI seize two pairs of Vans sneakers—among dozens
of other more valuable items—the property seizures are not the top
complaint from a house of Salt Lake City vegan activists who were served
a search warrant by the FBI Monday. http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/blog-3307-slc-home-raided-fbi-search-warrant-names-activist-.html
They say the obstruction of their animal-rights political movement is the
took my shoes, and that was no way within the scope of the warrant,”
says animal rights activist Peter Young. “So I'm stuck with these
phones, computers, even an iPod were among the expensive items taken by
the FBI, but also sentimental items like photographs and a postcard from
Iowa. More than 50 items in all were taken, but they don't trust that the
FBI properly cataloged all the small items, like individual photographs,
because they were not allowed to observe the agents as they poked through
their personal belongings.
illegal was found. There were no arrests. The residents were not hand cuffed
nor did the plain-clothes agents draw weapons. Most of the residents were
detained for eight hours without being allowed to use the phone—not
even to call their employers to explain their absence. At least one resident,
however, was allowed to go to work. Two residents, including a 22-year-old
female, complain multiple agents entered her bedroom while she was sleeping
and before she knew what was going on.
seizure was authorized by a search warrant sought by federal prosecutors
in Iowa that who were authorized to seize “materials which potentially
relate to Peter Young and his physical location, travels, friends and associates
and communications with other individuals” who may be involved in
“animal enterprise terrorism.”
neither the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa nor the FBI
field office in Salt Lake City would confirm it, Young and others http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/fbi-raids-utah-activist-house-alf-iowa/2550/say
the warrant is connected to the prosecution of Scott Demuth, http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/
22, of Minnesota, who's accused raiding animal research facilities at the
University of Iowa in 2004.
denies having any connection to that crime or Demuth. Since neither prosecutors
nor the FBI are saying anything, there's no evidence available to establish
a connection. Young, who has blogged critically of the Demuth case, says
pretrial discussions revealed that Demuth once referred to someone named
“P” in his journal.
is the sole basis for trying to link me to this crime in 2004, in Iowa,”
Daniel Young was convicted in 2005 of illegal wildlife transportation and
making threats to commerce in connection with six mink farms he now admits
he sabotaged. He became a cause celebre as he spent two years in prison
after seven years of evading authorities.
eight Salt Lake City roommates, each of whom requested anonymity, each support
animal rights but also believe they were targeted because of their political
beliefs and actions, including protests of fur shops, boycotting of restaurants
that serve foi gras, and most recently, public condemnation of the University
of Utah and local animal shelters for turning pound puppies into lab subjects.
his history and his outspoken support for defendants accused of crimes he
previously committed, Young says he's been ready for an FBI raid like this
one for the last 12 years. He feels bad for his new roommates—he moved
in only a few days before the raid—who were not prepared.
house just feels unsafe,” one complains.
believes he's been targeted because of his vocal support for the Animal
Liberation Front, an underground movement of radical activists known for
sabotage, including car http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.org/arson-device-delivered-to-san-diego-vivisector/bombs
placed on vehicles of animal research scientists.
message is if you vocally support ALF, we're coming after you,” Young
says, “because that's all I'm guilty of.”
residents distinguish between “above ground” and underground
Salt Lake Animal Advocacy Movement, of which they are members and organizers,
is an above-ground operation, distinct from the radicals like ALF. They
say the raid was a way for the FBI to tarnish their names and reputations.
Avoiding damage to their reputations was the reason they gave for wanting
to remain anonymous.
Posted By: Jesse Fruhwirth