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Who is Jeremy Hammond?
How and why is Jeremy being threatened by the FBI?
What is Jeremy being accused of doing?
Who is ProtestWarrior?
What property has the FBI seized?
How could I support the case against these ridiculous charges?
Are copies of the search warrant available?

Who is Jeremy Hammond?
Jeremy was a political hacker who used his abilities to defend a free internet and a free society. He has founded a number of projects including several progressive newspapers, educational websites, and helped organize a series of political protests. He has worked to defend the IndyMedia project from right-wing hackers by finding and fixing several vulnerabilities. While his activities have been ethical and non-destructive, he has found himself a target of law enforcement because he has been brave enough to stand up to the injustices of the political system.

Jeremy Hammond was the founder of online hacking community HackThisSite.org which taught network security skills through a series of online hacking challenges. With his coordination the website was able to publish a series of magazines, launch an online hacktivist radio station, and start several hacking competitions. While the site has grown it has become increasingly controversial. The site and community is facing overblown intimidation from law enforcement policies, despite being legal and non-destructive in nature.

Jeremy also worked with several local and national anti-war groups to organize for a variety of marches, rallies, and national demonstrations including the Republican National Convention in NYC, the counter-inauguration protests in Washington DC, and dozens of other local Chicago actions.

How and why is Jeremy being threatened by the FBI?
On March 17, 2005, Jeremy's apartment was raided by nine FBI agents who ransacked the plane, seizing all electronic equipment as well as the house phone/address book, the lease, important notebooks, and even an x-box. Since then, Jeremy and his lawyer has been meeting with the US attorney and the FBI. The US government says that they will be indicting him with several felony charges related to computer hacking and credit card fraud.

Jeremy was also visited by the United States Secret Service on April 13 who checked out his apartment and ask Jeremy a few questions related to his political activities. They were asked by the FBI who tipped them off about Jeremy's protest activities and anarchist tedencies. The SS asked about what political groups he has worked with, what protests he has been to, whether he was going to assasinate the president, etc.

The FBI has stated that they have been monitoring Jeremy's actions for at least six months (since Summer '2004) when the FBI first visited Jeremy questioning him about possible disruption and violence at the Republican National Convention protests in NYC late August. The FBI has gone as far as quoting several private conversations from the Hack This Site IRC server, talked about places Jeremy has been, etc. They also say that they have stopped by his apartment on several occasions to check up and take pictures. His phone and internet connection is almost certainly tapped as the FBI has stated that they will be watching his every action and statement.

What is Jeremy being accused of doing?
The FBI alleges that he is involved with an underground hacking group that has hacked and gained acess to the right-wing website ProtestWarrior and took credit card numbers belonging to people who ordered products off of their online store. The FBI says that he was involved in a plot to make donations from these credit card numbers to various humanitarian charities, civil rights activists, and leftist protest groups.

These charges are outrageous and reactionary because none of this has actually happened. The website has not been defaced and no credit card numbers has been billed. The FBI and the US Attorney has quoted several million dollars of damages(~ $500 per credit card) and is threatening up to thirty years in federal prison for a crime that has not been committed.

Who is ProtestWarrior?
ProtestWarrior.com is an ultra right-wing group that tries to provoke and disrupt constitutionally protected protests and actions of progressive organizations. They foster such conservative and intolerant dogma which borders on abusive hate-speech. Their most recent national action was their attempt to cause trouble at the counter-inauguration protests in Washington DC where they failed miserably in being effective or generating any decent numbers of supporters.

Although no damage had been done to their system, the ProtestWarriors have been known to falsely report information to the police on an intempt to incriminate and demonize leftists. This particular case is similar: while no damage has been done to the website or credit cards, ProtestWarrior is trying to demonize and incriminate hackers and activists. What is ironic is that ProtestWarrior has worked with groups like RightWingExtremist.net and the g00ns to hack IndyMedia and other leftist sites in the past. Read an in-depth discussion of ProtestWarrior, what they stand for, and how to expose them.

What property has the FBI seized?
Nearly everything electronic has been seized from their house, in addition to a number of private notes and documents including notebooks as well as a copy of their lease. In addition to taking Jeremy's property, they have also seized his roommate's computers and other equipment which were unrelated to the incident. Details of all property seized are included in the search warrant receipt.

While it has been nearly two months since the original incident, the FBI has not filed charges nor returned any property. We are sending out an official Motion for Return of Property, which the FBI is required to do under Rule 41(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminalal Procedure.

How could I support the case against these ridiculous charges?
Support can range from signing the online petition, making a donation, contacting the US Attorney, or just by spreading the word about Jeremy's situation. Please see the support page for more details.

Are copies of the search warrant available?
Electronic copies of the search warrant can be downloaded here. The affidavit which established probable cause has not been shown to us yet.

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