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USA: Los Angeles Anarchist Project RaiseTheFist.com Raided

Here's an Update: Anonymous Comrade writes:

After doing some trawling about I can't find any current confirmation of the story. People are talking about it on IRC, but there's no hard evidence. The founder of RaiseTheFist "anti" is reported as being in custody. Historical background certainly appears to be that there's a lot of _international_ government monitoring of the site. In May last year at Long Beach (LA, CA) Rob "Ruckus" Middaugh was fitted up by the LBPD for "assault" on the police during a May Day demonstration. He was associated with the site. Unfortunately he had a parole violation and is now doing 2-3 years. This was one of the most savage attacks by the police that I've seen. The guy that is reportedly arrested "anti" had film of some of the attacks and there has been a lot of organizing of monitoring of the police by a "Copwatch" group.

Info that is missing due to the site being down includes the Ride Board" for activists travelling from CA to NY. Interestingly I cannot find a cached copy of the logs of site monitoring. Anyone else have them? One poster on indymedia speculates that the database of undercover fed pictures is one of the reasons that "anti" had his equipment snatched.

Again, I have no good current confirmation of what is happening, just rumours

Anonymous Comrade writes: "USA: Los Angeles, the anarchist project Raisethefist.com raided
From sf imcista

Date Fri, 25 Jan 2002 17:21:24 -0500 (EST)

This was posted this morning on San Francisco Indymedia. It is being
forwarded here unmodified It was forwarded from Aron Kay's
email and sent along by a credible local source. The original
URL is here: http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/01/114428.php

The nameserver for raisethefist.com is not responding
to pings.

From: "ARON KAY" Fri, 25 Jan 2002 15:34:35 -0500

LOS ANGELES, JAN 23 2002 - Heavily armed with high-powered machine
guns, shotguns, and hand guns, the FBI, Secret Service, and Los
Angeles Police Department surrounded the founder of raisethefist.com
in his house. The founder was currently asleep, woken up by a relative
who said fbi, police and undercover's were currently up and down all
of the streets, with they're eyes focused on the premises.

Raisethefist.com founder aproached the door were 2 FBI agents demanded
that he step outside. Within seconds a swarm of FBI raided the house
with automatic weapons and shot guns. Additional police and fbi also
stayed on the front lawn, around the house with a door
barricade and additional weapons. "armed and ready".

FBI and secret service entered the house, seizing all servers and
political literature. Raisethefist.com was currently being ran within
the founder's room of the house, over a computer network. The room was
literally ransacked, and all equipment, disks, cd's .. etc. were boxed
up, loaded into a truck and seized until further notice.

Since 1999, raisethefist.com has been under extensive government
monitering. At times, Raisethefist.com has recieved over 100 hits from
the U.S Department of Defense in a single day. The FBI, police
department, NSA (and who else) continuously monitered the site on a
daily basis. Even governments from the UK, Canada, Lavtia, Belgium,
Egypt, Finland, and Australia monitered the site continuesly.
The FBI had also previously intercepted all packets going through
the DSL line hosting the site, and have seized additional accounts
being used by the site.

In yet another successful attempt to silence our voices,
Raisethefist.com, an anarchist/activist independent
media/collective has been shut down by the secret service.

"It's not yet known at this point if the site will be
back up. As of now, we have nothing. No more servers, no more
network, nothing. My room remains completly ransacked. My neighbors remain
shaken up by what happened. I most likely won't be getting any of
the equipment back. They also took alot of my political litature.
Apparently, they're excuse for shutting it down was the
'militancy' portrayed on the site. This is not true. This was an excuse. This
same 'militancy' they were concerned about is portrayed on at least a
thousand other web sites across the internet, and they havn't been
touched by the federal government, with the exception for remote

Raisethefist.com was progresive. It was going somewhere. Kids started
creating clubs in their schools called 'RaisetheFist'.
People started utilizing the collective as a powerful resource for
the activist/anarchist community. The federal government
has been investigating me, and the site very closely, long
before 9-11, and long before such militancy was even portrayed on the
site. They knew the site had potential, that it was turning into
something more than a site, but a strong collective utilized by activists
throughout the world committed to social justice. And that's become a
crime. Justice has become a crime. Freedom has become a crime. Anyone
activly disagreeing with policies of the U.S is now
automaticly rendered a "terrorist" in the eyes of national security....
Where raisethefist.com will go from here, I don't know.
Based on what i've been told, i'll most likely be in jail, so most of my
focus will be towards getting an attorney.""