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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Government Harassment of Leslie Pickering and Burning Books

Leslie James Pickering has been politically active since the mid 1990s and is best known for his role as Spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front Press Office and authoring a number of radical histories, including Mad Bomber Melville. He currently resides in his hometown of Buffalo and runs Burning Books with Theresa Baker-Pickering and Nate Buckley.

Back in early September, he got word that an old, west coast acquaintance received a phone call from the Buffalo field office of the FBI, asking a number of questions about him. A couple of weeks later, a half-sheet of USPS cardstock was "accidentally" left in his mailbox, detailing a mail cover on him and his residence. Last month he found out that a local institution was served a federal grand jury subpoena for records on him covering the last 2 years, and when he went to board a flight early this month he was suddenly given Secondary Security Screening Selection (SSSS) status, when he'd never before had any trouble with airline security.
Leslie has good legal help, locally, and has filed FOIA requests to relevant agencies. He also has strong local media support, some of have also filed FOIA requests. Due to all this government pressure, he is also no longer allowed to cross the border into Canada.

More information will be released soon including how we can help!

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