Texas FBI’s Terrorist Watch List

In a guest lecture at the University of Texas School of Law on March 8, FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent G Charles Rasner listed Indymedia, Food Not Bombs and the Communist Party of Texas as “terrorist watch” cause groups in Austin.

Rasner gave a presentation entitled “Counter-Terrorism Efforts in Texas” to a US law and national security class at the law school. He used powerpoint slides to illustrate the nature of the terrorist threat in central Texas. The word “unclassified” appeared prominently in bold red letters on the opening Powerpoint slide.

Listing three categories of cause groups potentially linked to terrorist activity, Rasner named white supremacist groups, Islamic terrorist groups and anarchists.

Rasner then placed the FBI’s central Texas “Terrorist Watch List” on the screen. On a list of approximately ten groups, Food Not Bombs was seventh. Indymedia was listed tenth, with a reference specifically to IndyConference 2005. The Communist Party of Texas[CPUSA Texas Branch] also made the list. Rasner explained that these groups could have links to terrorist activity. He noted that peaceful-sounding group names could cover more violent extremist tactics.

From the Communist Party of Australia’s The Guardian of 29 March, 2006


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