FBI Bulletin on Anti-War Protests, FTAA Protests. (docstoc.com)
On October 15, 2003, the FBI issued Intelligence Bulletin no. 89, entitled "Tactics Used During Protests and Demonstrations." Bulletin 89 advised that "mass marches and rallies against the occupation in Iraq" were scheduled to occur on October 25, 2003, in Washington, D.C, and San Francisco, and although the FBI had no information indicating that "violent or terrorist activities [were] being planned as part of these protests, the possibility exists that elements of the activist community may attempt to engage in violent, destructive, or disruptive acts." The protest tactics identified in Bulletin 89 included, Internet activity to recruit, raise funds, and coordinate activities; false documentation to gain access to secure facilities; marches, banners, and sit-ins; vandalism, physical harassment, and trespassing; drawing large numbers of police officers to a specific location in order to weaken security at other locations; use of homemade bombs; and intimidation of law enforcement through videotaping, without distinguishing between First Amendment-protected activity and criminal acts. Memorandum for Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General <i>Re: Constitutionality of Certain FBI Intelligence Bulletins, </i>April 5, 2004
On November 15, 2003, the FBI issued Intelligence Bulletin no. 94, entitled "Potential for Criminal Activity at Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Annual Meeting." It noted that the FTAA annual meeting "historically… draws large scale demonstrations, both peaceful and by those individuals or groups who wish to disrupt the meeting." The bulletin referenced a previous bulletin as providing "guidance on tactics used during protests and demonstrations" that could "assist… in preparations for the FTAA annual meeting." Memorandum for Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General <i>Re: Constitutionality of Certain FBI Intelligence Bulletins, </i>April 5, 2004
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