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Sage Francis
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http://www.infowars.com/print/ps/fbi_watching.htm

July 17, 2003

"The FBI is here,"Mom tells me over the phone. Immediately I can see my mom with her back to a couple of Matrix-like figures in black suits and opaque sunglasses, her hand covering the mouthpiece like Grace Kelly in Dial M for Murder. This must be a joke, I think. But it's not, because Mom isn't that funny.

"The who?" I say.

"Two FBI agents. They say you're not in trouble, they just want to talk. They want to come to the store."

I work in a small, independent bookstore, and since it's a slow Tuesday afternoon, I figure, "Sure." Someone I know must have gotten some government work, I think; hadn't my consultant friend spoken recently of getting rolled onto some government job? Background check, I think, interviewing acquaintances ... No big deal, right? Then, of course, I make a big deal about it in front of my co-workers.

"That was my mom," I tell them. "The FBI's coming for me." They laugh; it's a good joke, especially when the FBI actually shows up. They are not the bogeymen I had been expecting. They're dressed casually, they speak familiarly, but they are big. The one in front stands close to 7 feet, and you can tell his partner is built like a bulldog under his baggy shirt and shorts.

"You Marc Schultz?" asks the tall one. He shows me his badge, introduces himself as Special Agent Clay Trippi. After assuring me that I'm not in trouble, he asks if there is someplace we can sit down and talk. We head back to Reference, where a table and chairs are set up. We sit down, and I'm again informed that I am not in trouble.

Then, Agent Trippi asks, "Do you drive a black Nissan Altima?" And I realize this meeting is not about a friend. Despite their reassurances, and despite the fact that I haven't committed any federal offenses (that I know of), I'm starting to feel a bit like I'm in trouble.

They ask me if I was driving my car on Saturday, and I say, reasonably sure, that I was. They ask me where I went, and I struggle for a moment to remember Saturday. I make a lame joke about how the days run together when you're underemployed. They smile politely. Was I at work on Saturday? I think so.

"Were you at the Caribou Coffee on Powers Ferry?" asks Agent Trippi. That's where I get my coffee before work, and so I tell him yes, probably, just before remembering Saturday: Harry Potter day, opening early, in at 8:30.

So I would have been at Caribou Coffee that Saturday, getting my small coffee, room for cream. This information seems to please the agents.

"Did you notice anything unusual, anyone worth commenting on?" OK, I think. It's the unusual guy they want, not me. I think hard, wondering if it was Saturday I saw the guy in the really cool reclining wheelchair, the guy who struck me as a potential James Bondian supervillain, but no: That was Monday.

Then they ask if I carried anything into the shop -- and we're back to me.

My mind races. I think: a bomb? A knife? A balloon filled with narcotics? But no. I don't own any of those things. "Sunglasses," I say. "Maybe my cell phone?"

Not the right answer. I'm nervous now, wondering how I must look: average, mid-20s, unassuming retail employee. What could I have possibly been carrying?

Trippi's partner speaks up: "Any reading material? Papers?" I don't think so. Then Trippi decides to level with me: "I'll tell you what, Marc. Someone in the shop that day saw you reading something, and thought it looked suspicious enough to call us about. So that's why we're here, just checking it out. Like I said, there's no problem. We'd just like to get to the bottom of this. Now if we can't, then you may have a problem. And you don't want that."

You don't want that? Have I just been threatened by the FBI? Confusion and a light dusting of panic conspire to keep me speechless. Was I reading something that morning? Something that would constitute a problem?

The partner speaks up again: "Maybe a printout of some kind?"

Then it occurs to me: I was reading. It was an article my dad had printed off the Web. I remember carrying it into Caribou with me, reading it in line, and then while stirring cream into my coffee. I remember bringing it with me to the store, finishing it before we opened. I can't remember what the article was about, but I'm sure it was some kind of left-wing editorial, the kind that never fails to incite me to anger and despair over the state of the country.

I tell them all this, but they want specifics: the title of the article, the author, some kind of synopsis, but I can't help them -- I read so much of this stuff.

"Do you still have the article?" Probably not, but I suggest we check behind the counter. When that doesn't pan out, I have the bright idea to call my dad at work, see if he can remember. Of course, he can't put together a coherent sentence after I tell him the FBI are at the store, questioning me.

"The FBI?" he keeps asking. Eventually I get him off the phone, and suggest it may be in my car. They follow me out to the parking lot, where Trippi asks me if there's anything in the car he should know about.

"Weapons, drugs? It's not a problem if you do, but if you don't tell me and then I find something, that's going to be a problem." I assure him there's nothing in my car, coming very close to quoting Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite: "There's nothin' in my trunk, man."

The excitement of the questioning -- the interrogation -- has made me just a little bit giddy. I almost laugh out loud when they ask me to pop my trunk.

There's nothing in my car, of course. I keep looking anyway, while telling them it was probably some kind of what-did-they-know-and-when-did-they-know-it article about the buildup to Gulf War II. Trippi nods, unsatisfied. I turn up some papers from the University of Georgia, where I'm about to begin as a grad student. He asks me what I'm going to study.

"Journalism," I say. As I duck back into the car, I hear Agent Trippi informing his partner, "He's going to UGA for journalism" in a way that makes me wonder whether that counts against me.

Back in the store, Trippi gives me his card and tells me to call him if I remember anything. After he's gone, I call my dad back to see if he has calmed down, maybe come up with a name. We retrace some steps together, figure out the article was Hal Crowther's "Weapons of Mass Stupidity" from the Weekly Planet, a free independent out of Tampa. It comes back to me then, this scathing screed focusing on the way corporate interests have poisoned the country's media, focusing mostly on Fox News and Rupert Murdoch -- really infuriating, deadly accurate stuff about American journalism post-9-11. So I call the number on the card, leave a message with the name, author and origin of the column, and ask him to call me if he has any more questions.

To tell the truth, I'm kind of anxious to hear back from the FBI, if only for the chance to ask why anyone would find media criticism suspicious, or if maybe the sight of a dark, bearded man reading in public is itself enough to strike fear in the heart of a patriotic citizen.

My co-worker, Craig, says that we should probably be thankful the FBI takes these things seriously; I say it seems like a dark day when an American citizen regards reading as a threat, and downright pitch-black when the federal government agrees.

Special Agent Trippi didn't return calls from CL. But Special Agent Joe Parris, Atlanta field office spokesman, stressed that specific FBI investigations are confidential. He wouldn't confirm or deny the Schultz interview.

"In this post-911 era, it is the absolute responsibility of the FBI to follow through on any tips of potential terrorist activity," Parris says. "Are people going to take exception and be inconvenienced by this at times? Oh, yeah. ... A certain amount of convenience is going to be offset by an increase in security."
Post Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:21 am
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oh shit
im scared
someone hold me
lets all move to some island by Tonga
Post Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:32 am
 
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This is a bogus story. It has to be...


A dangerous thing about the internet seems to be all the left-wing idiots (who can be just as stupid as the right wing idiots) making this kind of shit up to stir the pot.


So they are saying he was reading an article about weapons of mass stupidity and someone called the FBI??? Who the fuck calls the FBI over an article some kid is reading at a coffee place?


I dont believe this story for a minute.
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Oh so I go and check out the link and whadda ya know! It's a leftist propaganda site! Hahahaha.


If you believe this shit you are losing it Sage.
Post Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:54 am
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Sage Francis
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You don't think things like this happen?

You don't think people actually call the FBI about things like this?

I know a muslim woman who had her date book turned into the FBI because there was a bookmark on 9/11.

She wa sin the library when it was taken from her.

This is not an isolated incident.
Post Fri Aug 01, 2003 12:00 pm
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I doubt it was so much the article that got him in trouble as much as being a dark bearded man. What were those vague words Ashcroft has been using "be on the lookout for suspicious individuals"? AKA Arabs (or 'darkies' as Ashcroft uses privately) who look like they might be reading something educational.

Chances are, if this story is indeed true, some patron probably saw a dark skinned guy and the title of the article.

Does this make it ok? Absolutely not, if I had been standing in line reading something by Arriana Huffington at a coffee shop I'd probably be making conversation about it and wouldn't be bothered again. I like calling Bush an idiot in public.

"we don't know who the culprit is yet, but he looks like this."
Post Fri Aug 01, 2003 12:06 pm
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Look... I am as weary and paranoid about the government as the next guy, fuck that, more than the next guy. I do think the FBI does stuff like this, but this story is totally bogus, I'm sorry. The problem with liberals (myself included) is that we never seem to think other liberals are liars or have their own agenda. We think "wow, liberals are all smart and wonderful in the face of the evil republicans"... most of these sites are run by conspiracy theory loving, 20 yr old ex-punk rock anarchist kids (or the one of those liberal british nutty asses) I gurantee that. The story is fake. Do I think the FBI is nice and WOULDNT do this? No, they would. But the story is fake.... I have a sixth sense about these things. And I would take anything you read off that site with a grain of salt.

These new extreme left websites are cool as hell.... very fun to look at, but they cite about as many reliable sources as those fun ufo sites. They are probably run by the same people.


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Post Fri Aug 01, 2003 12:18 pm
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In fact, I went back to the link just now and realized they didn't even print the writer's name. They probably got this in an email and decided to put it on the site.



You also have to realize that the people running that site could give a rat's ass about this governmental shit. They are selling dvds and t-shirts like the rest of us smart internetted americans. The irony is that what they are doing is whoring our paranoia to sell dvds.... which is as american as it gets. Bush would love that site.
Post Fri Aug 01, 2003 12:22 pm
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I appreciate your cynicism.

It is needed in times like this.

I recieved this story in an email, and knowing what I know...I figured it was true. There's no need to fake a story like this. There just isn't. If the writer decided to fake this tory in order to communicate a truth, they need to see the big picture. It hurts more than it helps.
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http://www.infowars.com/alexjones.html

The guy (Alex Jones) seems pretty credible. Written for The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, The Austin-American Statesman, and The Austin Chronicle.

I'm willing to wager if he has that kind of reputation, he wouldn't be willing to jeopardize his career over one article, especially one that could EASILY be proven false.
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Thanks Billy. My new friend.
Post Fri Aug 01, 2003 1:04 pm
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I am weary of any site or base of information that only looks at one side of any given story and then when they are done giving that side they try to hawk dvds and t-shirts.


This guy may have written for some esteemed periodicals, but come on, having that site AT ALL is basis for his writing career to be fucked, at least in america. The guy is shady.... I think there is a british attitude towards america that is condescending and lacking of respect and I find it creepy that a british guy tells us how america is and then asks for our money.

There are probably plenty of factoids on that site that are for real.. but most of it seems to be knee-deep in this weird part of our minds that like to believe anything that falls outside of our safety net reality. I mean, you'll see a blurry ass ufo picture and part of your brain WANTS to believe it even though its obvious that its nothing. I think this same brain functioning is happening with these left wing political sites. This shit is the antithesis to the right wing wackos who believe that there is a huge underground satanic/gay conspiracy to undermine morality... they have no real proof of any of this... but it seems logical to them and it's a good movie to live in. and so they go with it.


And if the government is half as evil as he says, I gurantee you you wont find any real information about the truth on some website.
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I just took a look at Billy's link on this guy. It's very cryptic.... I seem to be reading that he has been involved with all of these esteemed papers and shows because of his site and beliefs... and NOT because he was an esteemed journalist who recently decided to TELL THE REAL TRUTH.


If he was involved with those papers because of the site then that is not a valid reason to think he is credible at all, right? They are just reporting his views right? If I read it wrong then my bad, I have a tendency to skim over the details.
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What would I do? Be as direct with them as they were inderect with me. Be a smartass when they threatened me...

"Do you have anything in your car we should know about"

"I have 20 Kilos of Heroin, but that's under the passenger seat, not in 'plain view'"

I'm NEVER scared of authority when I KNOW I've done nothing wrong. Then I'd probably write an artical and post it somewhere.
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Sage Francis wrote:
Thanks Billy. My new friend.


Heh, you're welcome.

"let me count down, with one hand."
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