The FBI Pays a Visit to Prague

| July 24, 2000

The FBI Pays a Visit to Prague

Environmentalists and global justice activists are already making protest preparations for the International Monetary Fund meeting this September in Prague, but they aren't alone. The FBI just came to town, and they are keeping a close watch on things, says Prague-based writer Ezekial Ford in FreezerBox.

'Once upon a time the FBI investigated leftists at home, and the CIA subverted them abroad,' Ford writes. That all changed in the 1960s and '70s, as the CIA came home to investigate domestic 'threats' like anti-war protesters and Black Panthers. And in recent years, the FBI has been going abroad. The Prague office is the newest addition to the Bureau's network of more than 40 off-shore sites.

While the stated purpose of the Prague bureau is to fight organized crime, the Central and Eastern European Review reports that one of the 'main topics of discussion during' FBI Director Louis Freeh's recent visit with the Czech Interior Minister 'was the upcoming joint IMF/World Bank annual meeting in Prague in September.'

Ford quips, 'Something tells me that those Albanian heroin rings aren't going to be out in full force next September 26th during the protests. No, the FBI is colluding with the Czech police to gather information on citizens exercising their constitutional rights.' -- Leif UtneGo there>>