Two pipe bombs were detonated outsided the headquarters of
Chiron Corporation (a client of Huntingdon Life Sciences)
in Emeryville, California on August 28th. The Action was subsequently
claimed by a new group calling itself the Revolutionary Cells'
Animal Liberation Brigade. The FBI was promptly on the move,
calling for a statewide A.P.B. seeking three people just days
after the bombing. It was alleged the three had been caught
on video leaving the area near Chiron about the time of the
Somehow while the combined power of the FBI, ATF and local
police wasn’t able to find any of these suspects, the
media was. The day after the A.P.B. went out, a reporter with
the San Francisco Chronicle decided to take the innovative
approach of looking up one of the suspects in the phone book.
Sure enough, the suspect was listed, and soon the reporter
was chatting with her. Not only had the suspect not yet heard
that she was being sought in conjunction with a bombing, but
she hadn't been in California for over a year. Just a few
days later, ABC 7 News' I-Team tracked down the second individual,
who was living in New York City and hadn't been out-of-state
One month later, on September 26, another bombing occurred.
As in the first incident, there were no injuries and little
damage. Again the action was claimed by the Revolutionary
Cells' Animal Liberation Brigade a few days later. And again
the FBI soon turned its attention to someone whom it claimed
had been spotted in the general vicinity of the bombing.
Media reports indicate that after several days of surveillance
on a 25 year-old Bay Area man, D. Andreas San Deigo, the FBI
lost track of their "suspect" sometime over the
weekend of October 4th. On the evening of Tuesday, October
7, after not having heard from Andreas for several days, one
of Andreas' friends went over to his home. Upon arriving at
Andreas' house, the young man was detained by FBI agents and
subsequently arrested on a trumped-up Attempted Burglary charge.
He and his mother were informed that if they told anyone about
his arrest the authorities would "throw the book at him."
Another FBI agent told him that he was simply in the wrong
place at the wrong time. The following weekend, after almost
a week in jail the young man was finally bailed out by his
mother. His trial is still pending.
Later that night and the following morning, agents were subsequently
spotted outside the homes of several Bay Area activists. At
the home of activists in Santa Cruz, FBI agents remained stationed
outside for the first day, using binoculars to peek inside.
Meanwhile, at the home of a young woman living in the East
Bay area, FBI agents informed her that her house had been
"sealed" and that she would not be allowed to leave
while they tried to get a federal search warrant. They claimed
the were seeking Andreas and suspected she might be hiding
him. The young woman was kept confined to her house for hours
until after a local activist arrived with two attorneys. Shortly
thereafter federal agents were forced to admit there would
be no search warrant forthcoming, and they released their
"seal" on the home.
While the East Bay house was still "under seal,"
federal agents also knocked on the door of a single mother,
who was home alone with her baby. They also claimed they would
be getting a search warrant soon. Fearing for her safety,
the young mother left with her child. Of course that warrant
never materialized either, and an attorney came to the scene
to assist her in dealing with this harassment as well. That
same day, agents also came to the workplace of two Bay Area
activists. They were turned away at the door and simply advised
to talk to the lawyers of the activists in question.
After these initial actions, FBI and ATF agents continued
to blatantly follow and harass activists for the next week.
At this juncture any continuing surveillance has been scaled
back to a much more discreet level.
Bay Area activists were able to respond quickly to these
incidents owing to a solid knowledge of their rights, as well
as strong support from local attorneys. Fortunately, the Bay
Area has a very solid activist community that refuses to be
intimidated by anything the agents of repression dish out.