Santa Cruz (USA) : PIRATE RADIO & REPRESSION
Free Radio Santa Cruz Raided by Federal Government01 Oct 2004 03:49 GMT
FCC Agents (the US radio police) raided the house from which Free Radio Santa Cruz broadcasts. Agents entered with guns drawn, showing the warrant to a couple of residents but not serving the warrant to anyone at that time. All residents, some wearing only their bathrobes and PJ's, were herded to the sidewalk in front of their house.
Free Radio Santa Cruz (FRSC) was airing Democracy Now! when at least 16 US Marshals worked to get into the studio. FRSC was airing a pre-programmed interview, when the signal was taken off the air. FCC agents and US marshals confiscated the broadcasting antenna and all broadcast related equipment, packing it into their unmarked trucks while FRSC supporters shouted metaphorically "we’ll be back on the air by the time you reach the highway".
Agents videoed community members who lined the street and crowded onto the sidewalk in front of the house in support of the station. Residents were not allowed to bring cameras into their home, nor were they allowed entrance without first having their bags searched.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with regulating the airwaves in the "public interest", they are the Communications Police. FCC tracks down illegal use of radio frenquencies.