FBI reportedly visits anti-fracking activists, anarchists in northeast, northwest, Maryland

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The Earth First! newswire is reporting that the FBI has in recent weeks been "poking around" political communities in the northwest, the northeast, and Maryland. A Joint Terrorism Task Force in Maryland recently visited the homes of anti-fracking activists "regarding the Momentive anti-fracking action on July 8 in North Carolina, and attempted to speak with their family," the site says.

“On the afternoon of Thursday August 15th, two members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force visited the homes of anti-fracking activists in the Frederick, MD. This is related to recent actions against fracking that area activists participated in during the EF! rondy. If you are also visited please let your local legal support know. More importantly, if they come to your home please do not speak to them, and of course we will do the same.”
-Some local activists
 
This week, the FBI has also been poking around Northeastern anarchist communities. They have also approached climate activists in the Northwest.  If you act or advocate against fracking, or are tied to communities that do, there is a  chance that federal agents may approach you or someone you know in attempt to find out more information about radical communities.  Often, agents will also attempt to target peripheral people who they believe they can easily manipulate in order to find information to build cases against others.  As a precaution, speak with your household, friends and family about what to do if agents come to  your house, and how important it is to not interact with them at all.  You have no legal obligation to speak with them, and any interactions you do can only serve to harm you or someone else.
If you live in Massachusetts and are approached by the FBI because of your political work, please contact us. Know your rights when the FBI comes to your door:

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