FBI anti-terrorism agents raided the Queens home of a self-described anarchist charged with tweeting protesters with instructions on how to evade police at the G-20 summit.
A dozen gas masks, liquid mercury, backpacks containing hammers and anarchist literature were among the dozens of items seized Thursday at the Jackson Heights home where Elliot Madison, 41, lives with his wife Elena, 39.
Madison is free on bail after Pittsburgh cops arrested him on Sept. 24 and charged him with hindering prosecution, criminal use of a communication facility and possessing criminal instruments.
The two men were seated in front of personal computers and telecommunications equipment, wearing headphones and microphones and surrounded by maps, contact numbers and police and EMS scanners.
Cops claim they were using Twitter to direct the movements of protesters and update them on the location and actions of law enforcement.
But Assistant US Attorney Andrew Goldsmith argued that some of the items raised alarm, including a pound of liquid mercury in the house, alongside “books about poisons” and a microscope.
The feds also found metal triangles that are used to puncture tires and two boxes of ammunition. Goldsmith said agents left a collection of machetes, samurai swords and daggers at the house, because they didn’t fall within the scope of the search warrants.
Two whole boxes of ammo? The man was a real danger obviously. Anyone with a microscope certainly can’t be trusted. I feel so much safer now that Madison and his mercury is off the streets. Err… well I’m glad his evil Tweeting ways have stopped. Listening to the open, unencrypted radio transmissions of the police and transcribing them to the Internet is a big deal… somehow.
At best this man abused the terms of service for the Internet access service provided by the hotel and that none of the governments business. This story is feels like something out of a dystopia police state story… perhaps V for Vendetta. I’m surprised they allowed for this to be reported on. Perfect scenario for their national security letters.
I guess these guys weren’t using TOR?