HOSTILITY AND HARASSMENT IN IDAHO [OUR FAMILY UNDER SIEGE AND ATTACK] -- HUNTER GRAY
This is a compendium of contemporary and extremely relevant material relating to the consistent pattern of harassment directed against our family ever since we returned to the Mountain West in 1997 and settled on the far, far upper -- the very "frontier" -- western edge of Pocatello, Idaho. It's obvious that this is coming from one of the spurious, anti-Left Federal / state / local "law enforcement task forces" as well as from various racist "vigilante-type" elements. This material had formerly been posted well-up on the Index / Directory of our website and is now [March 17, 2002] being placed in this special new page -- essentially in the order it initially existed and followed in the Index / Directory. All links are being maintained.
This is Summer 2003. This note involves the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- up to its old, usual, unendingly anti-Left repressive tricks. If you're a regular visitor to our site, or a first-timer, take a moment to read this.
Material follows, on this Index and via appropriate links, concerning the continual and weird harassment directed against ourselves -- especially the last four years of it here at Pocatello, Idaho.
We very strongly urge you, in the interests of civil liberty and civil rights and social justice, to read this material.
It's sometimes too easy for some to see all of this as, simply, another Idaho aberration: redneck city and state police, a gaggle of racist characters and white supremacists, et al. All of these ingredients are certainly very much present in our situation. But there is obviously much, much more than that.
There are certain dimensions of all of this, especially blatant and on-going interference with our United States Postal mail -- and clear, obvious sabotage of our mail -- which definitely indicate direct FBI involvement.
Interference and sabotage involving U.S. mail are explicit Federal felony crimes.
But our several formal, detailed and specific complaints to U.S. Postal Inspection -- and those made on our behalf -- have never even been acknowledged.
The FBI is, after all, the primary Federal law enforcement agency.
It could not be more obvious that all of this, however crudely manifested, is occurring "under color of law" -- to use the very apt phrase from our Deep South civil rights organizing days.
That "cover" can only be the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
And it's all continuing right along -- this Summer 2003. In fact, some of it is now more blatant than ever: much, much more so.
A quick scroll-down will take you to more on our very hostile Idaho et al. experiences. It will also take you to an extensive link/discussion of the whole weird and vicious situation -- including, among many other things, a substantial excerpt from the last of my three unanswered letters to Regional Postal Inspectors at Seattle -- and I'm giving the link right here also.
SPECIAL REPORT: Our experiences at Pocatello, Idaho have, for the six years that we've lived here, been quite mixed. Some have been very strange indeed. Because of all of this, we are placing a section of our Website -- dealing with the historical background of the Red Scare and, much more specifically with our contemporary situation, right here at the fore of our site. We live far, far up on the western "frontier" of Pocatello -- above most of the rest of the town -- and coyotes, deer, and mountain lions are among our immediate neighbors. They're fine. And so are virtually all of our surrounding human neighbors -- who could not be friendlier.
But the city and state police situation here is among the worst we've ever seen anywhere -- and the FBI as blatantly intrusive as the '50s and '60s.
NOTE [Summer 2003] These hostile things are certainly continuing. See my analytical addition ( first placed here on July 11 2000 -- and now very substantially rewritten, with many updates) with regard to current Federal (and, in conjunction with Federal, selected local/state lawmen) repressive and generally covert attacks on the activist Left -- in the immediately forthcoming Witch-Hunting; Red-Scares; "Goons, Ginks, And Company Finks" etc. section.
THIS IS THE BIG LINK TO A DETAILED AND UP-DATED DISCUSSION OF OUR CONTEMPORARY IDAHO EXPERIENCES: LINK: WITCH-HUNTING; RED-SCARES; "GOONS, GINKS, AND COMPANY FINKS:" THE MINE-MILL UNION IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST AT MID-CENTURY -- AND OUR BIZARRE IDAHO EXPERIENCES [1997-2002] This is also part of our sequence of historic material involving the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers.
FBI task forces? Spying on left-wing Americans?
You bet there are! Read this from Portland:
January 28 2001: Very late in 2000, at the genuinely progressive city of Portland, Oregon, it was publicly revealed that the FBI had entered into a concordant with the city council to set up and implement a "task force" -- made up, interestingly, of various Federal, state, and local "lawmen." The ostensible purpose of this creature was (is) to monitor "terrorism" -- very much including alleged "Left terrorism." Portland is a very sophisticated town, with well established democratically radical and labor and human rights traditions -- and a wide range of sensibly dissident forces arose immediately to attack this so-called task force: ACLU, NAACP, National Lawyers Guild, many unions, the Oregon branch of Socialist Party USA [one of whose activists immediately forwarded the info to me] and many more solid individuals and groups concerned with the obviously inherent violations of civil liberty involved. The folks there -- and in many other parts of the country -- who know their American history, are very well aware [to cite only a few comparatively recent examples] of the sorry and consistently anti-civil libertarian role played by FBI from its earliest origins to the very present [including its successful blockage of a pardon for Leonard Peltier]; the fact that the "Espionage Act" of the World War I period had nothing at all to do with "espionage" -- but was used almost solely [as were the related state "criminal syndicalism" statutes], to break the strikes of militant American working people [e.g., copper and lumber workers in the Far West and much more] and to imprison over 150 major leaders of the IWW and to jail Gene Debs, and again much more; and that the Smith Act, ostensibly aimed at "sedition" and the alleged "advocacy" of violent overthrow of the government, was viciously used against very effective and non-violent labor activist Trotskyists at the beginning of the 1940s and then, after World War II, was used just as viciously against the also non-violent and effectively radical Communist Party activists - and to establish a broad and destructive Red Scare ethos that persisted openly and repressively for many many years.
The current controversy at Portland has forced FBI to admit that it presently -- right now -- has several dozen of these Federal/state/local "task forces" in full operation in various parts of the United States!
Here at Pocatello, Idaho, we are not at all surprised at these Portland revelations.
We are now serving as a clearing-house on these anti-civil libertarian and anti-Left attacks.
I forward material relating to our own experiences and those of others to very receptive Left and civil libertarian forces -- and we do a number of other constructive things on this important front.
We continue, as always, to maintain all-around vigilance -- without in any way slowing up or giving an inch on anything. Hunter Gray [Hunterbear]
[7/24/01] AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LEFT RADICAL COMMUNITY IN THE U.S. (AND ELSEWHERE) ON CONTEMPORARY FBI AND RELATED REPRESSION/SURVEILLANCE -- By Hunter Gray (7/23/01) Plus, from Portland Oregon, an excellent summary and analysis of this sinister and flagrantly anti-civil libertarian situation in the U.S.: Report on Terrorism and Task Forces From Portland, Oregon -- 1-11-01
Special Insert (7/29/01) from W.H. at Cincinnati, Ohio
Mr. Hunter Gray,
I am so grateful for the material you are posting on the FBI, then and
now. We just held a workshop here in Cincinnati for activists who are
being targeted by a similar (if unclear) "task force," of local, state,
fed. and corporate surveillance/law enforcement in the wake of the april
unrest and now Black United Front boycott of the city. I printed out
your "open letter" and brought it with me to the workshop, where it met
with great interest. Many thanks from these young activists here in
And - Labor Notes [August 2001] Page 1 carries this story: "Portland: Anti-Terrorism Task Force Targets Unions" Interesting and explicit discussion of the FBI/State/Local Task Force going after a number of unions including International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Carpenters, and others.
AND ONCE AGAIN, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT A MOMENT AGO, HERE'S THE BIG LINK TO OUR DETAILED AND UP-DATED DISCUSSION OF OUR CONTEMPORARY IDAHO EXPERIENCES.