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Panagacos v. Towery: Port Militarization Resistance, US Army Surveillance, and the National Security State

Start/End Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name JG 304

Panagacos v. Towery is a civil liberties case currently in the US District Court in Tacoma, WA, set for trial in June 2014. It is a lawsuit that antiwar activists filed against the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and law enforcement agencies in 2010 after it was discovered that a fellow activist who went by the name “John Jacob” was actually Army intelligence agent John J. Towery, who worked with a Fusion Center at Fort Lewis, WA. Towery allegedly spied on and infiltrated the antiwar group Port Militarization Resistance (PMR), which blocked military shipments en route to Iraq and Afghanistan and shut down the Port of Olympia in 2007.

Please join this panel discussion with the plaintiff's lawyers as they discuss PMR, surveillance, Fusion Centers, and the national security state.


  • Abi Hassen, Attorney, National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Coordinator
  • Lynne Williams, Attorney
  • Sue Udry, Defending Dissent Foundation

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