“three known anarchists” Huh?
So its now probable cause to be an anarchist?
A 22-year-old anti-war activist from The Evergreen State College will get $169,000 as part of a settlement with the State Patrol and two other law-enforcement agencies over allegations that their officers engaged in political spying and harassment.
Philip Chinn was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving by state patrol troopers in May 2007, while traveling to an anti-war protest at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen.
According to court documents, Chinn was pulled over after police had broadcast an “attempt to locate” his car, which was described as containing “three known anarchists.”
The criminal charge was dismissed after tests showed Chinn had no alcohol or drugs in his system. Chinn sued last year, alleging false arrest and violations of his right to free speech.
The State Patrol has agreed to pay Chinn $109,000, and the city of Aberdeen and Grays Harbor County each will pay $30,000 toward the settlement. The three agencies have also agreed to pay his lawyer’s fees, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimates at more than $375,000.
The ACLU took up Chinn’s cause because it believes the case and other allegations suggest that spying on dissidents by local enforcement, at the behest of the military, “appears to be far more pervasive than we had thought,” said ACLU spokesman Doug Honig.
Documents filed by Chinn’s attorneys state that “state and local law-enforcement agencies, military entities and others” responded to the protests by developing “incident-action plans” aimed at disrupting them. The service branches involved allegedly include the Army, the Navy and the Coast Guard, according to court pleadings.
“Based on assumptions regarding individuals associated with anarchist philosophies, the Action Plan was designed to deter and prevent individuals believed to be ‘anarchists’ or associated with anarchists from participating in the anti-war demonstrations,” according to the documents.</em>
Ah, so if your political philosophy scares the state, the state is justified in squashing your civil rights? Well, add me to your list, certainly.