Solidarity network | 25.01.2002 10:55
about 25-30 agents raided home of raisethefist.com's founder.
LOS ANGELES, JAN 23 2002 - Heavily armed with high-powered machine guns, shot
guns, and hand guns, the FBI, Secret Service, and Los Angeles Police Department
sorounded 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 baracade and additional weapons. "armed and ready".
FBI and secret service entered the house, seizing all servers and political liturature.
Raisethefist.com was currently being ran within the founders room of the house, over a
computer network. The room was literarly 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) continuesly
monitered the site on a daily basis. Even government's 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 successfull attempt to silence our vioces, Raisethefist.com, an
anarchist/activist independent media/collective has been shut down by the secret
"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 happend. 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 monitering. 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."