Friends in DC want Defiance, Ohio to play a benefit show for Daniel. I’m inclided to do this. Reading the court documents regarding and FBI informant who closely followed the Crimethinc. scene and was even in Bton this summer for the convergence hit a little close to home. Unlike that sting, however, where the defendents seem a bit like bumbling kids, Daniel’s case seems like a clear attempt for the FBI to target activists involved in legitimate, above-ground community organizing with the attempt of chilling such resistance. It could be any of us next. If they come for you in the morning, then they’ll come for me at night …
Daniel McGowan, 31, was arrested in New York City while working at WomensLaw.org, an advocacy organization that provides legal information for victims of domestic violence. He was held overnight, and brought before a judge in the Brooklyn Federal Court to determine whether he would be released on bail pending his arraignment and trial in Eugene, Oregon. The hearing is currently adjourned until Friday, Dec. 9 at 2 pm, while the judge will review a surveillance recording that an arresting detective alleges demonstrates McGowan is a flight risk.
Daniel McGowan was one of six environmental activists arrested last week in a series of coordinated raids across four states. He is accused of setting a pair of arsons in Oregon in 2001 and is being held without bail. [includes rush transcript]
Finally, this came across my radar a few months ago:
Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist, unjustly arrested and charged in federal court on 16 counts of arson, property destruction, and conspiracy, relating to two incidents that occurred in Oregon in 2001. Daniel has plead "not guilty" and denies any knowledge or involvement in the crimes he is being charged with. He is facing a minimum of 30 years in prison and the possibility of life in prison if convicted. Daniel is from New York, and has been an active member of the community, working on diverse projects such as the demonstrations against the Republican National Convention, Really Really Free Markets, and supporting political prisoners such as Jeff "Free" Luers and others. Daniel was attending graduate school for acupuncture and was working at Women's Law, a nonprofit group that helps women in domestic abuse situations navigate the legal system, which is where he was arrested by federal marshals on December 7th, 2005. Daniel was indicted separately, but his arrest comes in the context of a well-coordinated, multi-state sweep of six activists by the federal government, which has charged the individuals with practically every earth and animal liberation case left unsolved. The arrests were made primarily from information investigators received from activist-turned-informant, Jacob "Sketcher D" Ferguson. Jacob is cooperating with federal investigators and wore wiretapping devices while speaking with several of the defendants, including Daniel. Since then, one of those arrested, Stanislas Meyerhoff, has also decided to cooperate with the prosecution, hoping that the court will show "mercy." Daniel has stated that there will never be any cooperation on his part with his "captors." In order to help Daniel, his family and friends have created a support network (Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan) in order to help fund Daniel's legal representation which is expected to be hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are asking his friends and supporters to donate what they can to help Daniel's family with the legal bills. The support group will also be covering the cost of postage and telephone calls, travel expenses for prison visits, reading material for Daniel, his commissary fund, and whatever other needs might arise. Donate by clicking here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&business=benjamin%40animaldefense%2einfo&no_shipping=0&no_note=1&tax=0Â¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF&charset=UTF%2d8 In addition, we want to make sure that Daniel is getting the emotional support he needs to remain strong throughout this process. He really appreciates letters and we are asking everyone to please write to him. Daniel McGowan # 1407167 Lane County Jail 101 West 5th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401 Please remember when writing to not discuss his pending case, do not use any nicknames, do not discuss legal information or offer legal advice (even if you are a lawyer), don't discuss any illegal activity, and be smart-- remember that ALL mail is read by prison officials. On behalf of Daniel, we thank you for your support. Questions and concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org