FBI attempts to bribe a man in the Iowa A.L.F. investigation with a $50
FBI agents have visited one man in Iowa "a handful of
times" (to quote him) in recent years, attempting to question him about the
2004 Animal Liberation Front raid of the University of Iowa animal research
labs. Realizing he was not going to talk, this week they returned with a new
incentive to cooperate: handing him a $50 gift card for a neighboring coffee
The two agents first visited two weeks ago. They approached him at the
business he owned in Des Moines, asking where they could get a copy of the
A.L.F. film "Bold Native". By their suspicious behavior, he immediately
suspected them of being FBI.
The next week they returned. He
describes the exchange from there:
They asked if I would sit down and
have a cup of coffee with them. When I said no and that I wished for them to
leave to continue running my business. I said, "who did you say you were
with again?" to which they replied "we didn't" with a smile.
his fourth request for them to leave, they did.
They returned 10
minutes later, for yet another attempt at questioning. To grease the wheels,
they handed him a $50 coffee shop gift card.
It didn't work.
The lesson: It never pays to talk to the FBI. But it does pay to not talk,
sometimes literally. And one man in Iowa has $50 in free drinks as a reward
for his silence, courtesy of the FBI.
- Peter Young
be fair (despite the FBI never having been fair with me), the two men
mentioned here did not identify themselves as FBI. The agency they were
representing, whether government or private, is left to speculation.