An FBI raid last week on the Long Haul Infoshop in Berkeley has taken Berkeley Liberation Radio off the air, hopefully temporarily. Details are sketchy as to why the FBI raided the space in the first place, but guns-drawn agents were not picky about what they hauled away.
From the story: “Soul, a long-time [BLR] broadcaster…said the underground radio station had been impacted by the raid. ‘We had some of our stuff there,’ she said. “They got our hard drive, and that really concerns us.'” What the FBI really got were two computers – an old PC and a laptop – that the station used as webcast-nodes to connect Berkeley Liberation Radio’s studio to its transmitter.
The raid also freaked out the host of BLR’s transmitter (which remains un-visited), and now the station must also find a new location to broadcast from. Cap’n Fred reports, “We’re not sure why the FBI wanted those hard drives but we suspect it might have something to do with some organizing against the republican convention. We really don’t know what it’s all about, but there is a lawsuit going to get the stuff back.”