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Thursday, June 10, 2004
 

FBI ABDUCTS ARTIST, SEIZES ART


Feds Unable to Distinguish Art from Bioterrorism
Grieving Artist Denied Access to Deceased Wife's Body

DEFENSE FUND ESTABLISHED - HELP URGENTLY NEEDED

Steve Kurtz was already suffering from one tragedy when he called 911 early in the morning to tell them his wife had suffered a cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. The police arrived and, cranked up on the rhetoric of the "War on Terror," decided Kurtz's art supplies were actually bioterrorism weapons.

Thus began an Orwellian stream of events in which FBI agents abducted Kurtz without charges, sealed off his entire block, and confiscated his computers, manuscripts, art supplies... and even his wife's body.

Like the case of Brandon Mayfield, the Muslim lawyer from Portland imprisoned for two weeks on the flimsiest of false evidence, Kurtz's case amply demonstrates the dangers posed by the USA PATRIOT Act coupled with government-nurtured terrorism hysteria.

Kurtz's case is ongoing, and, on top of everything else, Kurtz is facing a mountain of legal fees. Donations to his legal defense can be made at http://www.caedefensefund.org

The artist in question is a member of the world-renowned Critical Art Ensemble, a performance art collective that deals with issues regarding the impact of biotechnology on our lives and culture. Recently seven other members of the group have been subpoenaed as part of the investigation. They produce excellent and mind-blowing work, and deserve all the support we can give them. Furthermore this case could set a precedent that would impede amateur biotechnological research of any kind, by making the simple act of possessing research equipment sufficient reason to suspect one of bioterrorism.
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