Insane Clown Posse are officially suing the FBI

Insane Clown Posse are officially suing the FBI

Gawker explains:

On August 24, ICP’s legal team filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding the FBI release whatever information led the organization to label Juggalos a gang. There’s been no response, so today, the band’s representatives filed suit against the FBI in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan “for its failure to produce any documentary evidence in support of the FBI’s classification of the groups’ fan base.”

The FBI identified the Juggalos as a “hybrid gang” in their “2011 National Gang Threat Assessment” alongside groups like the Latin Kings. The Juggalos “are rapidly expanding into many U.S. communities” and “engage in criminal activity and violence,” the report said.

http://consequenceofsound.net/2012/09/insane-clown-posse-are-officially-suing-the-fbi/

Comment by truth on September 28, 2012 at 12:28am

J.G. Vibes
Activist Post

Every year the FBI releases their annual National Gang Threat Assessment, an official memo that lists and describes the gangs and terrorist organizations that the agency has their eye on. The list is usually a mix of legitimately violent gangs, as well as nonviolent activist groups, local community militias and generally anyone who the government doesn't like. Last November the most recent edition of this list caught the attention of the alternative rap group The Insane Clown Posse because their fans were actually featured on this list.

The Insane Clown Posse has a large cult following which refer to themselves as “Juggalos” and wear the merchandise and colors of the group. This is similar to concept behind the “Dead Heads” that followed the Grateful Dead in the '60s, or the “Kiss Army” of the 70s.

The vast majority of these people are just music fans who have found acceptance in a social group, and while most of them are far from mainstream there is absolutely no reason for them to be classified as a violent gang. The apparent reasoning behind this classification is that since there have been incidences where people identifying with this group have committed crimes, that means that there is a calculated and organized effort behind these crimes.

This sort of collectivistic reasoning is typical of government, but it is very dangerous to judge whole entire groups of people according to the actions of individuals. The FBI has recently had problems distinguishing ordinary American Muslims from terrorists, so it should come as no surprise that they cant tell the difference between a social clique and a terrorist cell.

On August 24, ICP’s legal team filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding the FBI release whatever information led the organization to label Juggalos a gang. After getting no response from the agency the band’s representatives filed suit against the FBI in the U.S. District Court for “its failure to produce any documentary evidence in support of the FBI’s classification of the groups’ fan base.”

The lawsuit was not simply motivated on grounds of professional slander, this classification has created serious life problems for the groups fan base. Earlier this year, one Albuquerque Juggalo ended up on New Mexico’s Most Wanted List after skipping probation specifically because of his ties to the Insane Clown Posse fan base.

Last month ICP’s label launched JuggalosFightBack.com, a web site where Juggalos who believe their legal rights have been violated can submit their stories for the label’s legal team to review at no cost. The company has also set up a booth at the Gathering where Juggalos could share their experiences with the Detroit lawyer who’d be building the case against the government. The plan is for more suits to be filed based on all of the new evidence that is being collected.

If you have any questions or disagreements feel free to email me at jgvibes@aotmr.com

Comment by Andy Anduer on October 7, 2012 at 3:55am

WTF?

Comment by Old Denmark on December 6, 2012 at 5:06am

Comment by Old Denmark on December 6, 2012 at 5:15am

Nope, not a prude just a freedom loving dude. :-P

Glad u like it..........PZ

Comment by Patriot Horse on January 26, 2013 at 1:12am

Very interesting post james... gosh. Goes to show you that event a medium such as these two are popular enough to get "branded"! Good for THEM... would be interesting to follow their progress. I can appreicate their creativity and stand. But I know underlying the fbi's corner is the motive to make fools out of them and others who DARE to speak truth.  I hope for the best for ICP

Comment by Nobody Will Observe on October 16, 2013 at 12:46pm

And what became of that PR stunt?

Heard anything???

Comment by truth on October 16, 2013 at 12:49pm
stunt I hardly agree...they are correctly pissed and are supporting their fans rights. No new news but I havent looked yet.
Comment by Old Denmark on October 16, 2013 at 12:50pm

Violent J says Insane Clown Posse determined to win FBI lawsuits; he's eager for new Fuse TV show

July 18, 2013 

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2013/07/violen...

Comment by Nobody Will Observe on October 16, 2013 at 12:53pm

Thank You Daniel

Comment by Old Denmark on October 16, 2013 at 12:54pm

NP man :)

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