March 20, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

Athens – one thousand comrades for Lambros

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Athens – one thousand comrades for Lambros

About one thousand comrades assembled this morning at the point in Dafni, Athens, where Lambros was slain by a cop on March 10.
There was very strong emotion for Lambros expressed in words shouted in anger and hatred by all the comrades against the police, the State.
There was a heavy police presence nearby but they didn’t move.
Honour to Lambros
Lambros will always be alive with us through our action

March 20, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

from the press media

Greece bomb hits Pakistani leader’s home in Athens

Police officers in Athens, 19 March

It was the second blast police responded to in as many days

A bomb has exploded outside the home of a Pakistani community leader in the Greek capital Athens – the second blast in the area in less than 24 hours.

Police said there were no injuries, but some damage was done to the entrance of the apartment building and three cars.

On Friday, a bomb damaged the office of a far-right anti-immigration group.

No group has said it carried out the attacks, but there have been numerous bombings attributed to far-left or anarchist groups in recent years.

Recent attacks have targeted banks and government buildings.

Greece has faced severe anti-government protests and rioting since police shot dead a teenager in December 2008.

In the latest attack, police were able to seal off the area after anonymous warning calls were made to a Greek TV station and a newspaper 15 minutes before the explosion.

March 20, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

A bomb exploded at the offices of the "Golden Dawn" (neonazi organisation) in Socrates Street , ATHENS 19/03/2010


The bomb blast occurred at 08:46 am at the offices in Socrates Street Omonia.

Twenty-two minutes earlier , at 08:24 an unknown person phoned the newspaper Eleftherotypia and said he has placed a bomb on Socrates Street 48, on the fifth floor offices of the Golden Dawn.
“It explodes in 25 minutes.please evacuate the building , the entire Socrates street and the hotel”

They directly informed the police, which isolated the area and moved away the people, the explosion occurred 22 minutes later,
causing a lot of damage to the offices and broke windows in nearby buildings.

The explosive device was an alarm clock bomb, according to initial estimates by police and was placed in the hallway of the fifth floor.

So far, no organization has YET claimed responsibility.

March 20, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

National Strike Begins in Mexico, Police Respond With Violence


SME Members Defend Themselves and Continue to Block Their Former Workplaces
At noon on March 16, the Mexican Electrical Workers Union went on an indefinite strike, and unions all over the country went on strike with them. Electricians hung black and red banners across the entrances of their former workplaces, refusing to allow anyone to enter or leave the buildings. The actions occurred at all of the former Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LyFC) buildings in Mexico City, Mexico State, Puebla, Hidalgo, and Morelos. Actions in solidarity with the SME occurred in at least 21 other states. In addition to hanging strike banners on former LyFC buildings, supporters blocked major federal highways, took over government buildings, and held rallies. A significant number of the blockades remain, particularly in central Mexico.

At least two SME actions outside LyFC buildings were violently repressed when Federal Police (PFP) attempted to prevent the SME from hanging its strike banners. However, in both instances the SME and supporters repelled the police and hung their strike banners.

The repression began at Cables Bolivar in central Mexico City. “When we tried to hang our strike banners, the PFP started yelling insults at our compañeros,” says Gerardo Avelar, the SME’s Secretary of Agreements. “We dialogued with the PFP’s commanding officer on site so that we could peacefully hang our banner. He accepted this. However, when the banners were hung, a member of the PFP irresponsibly pulled down a banner that we had hung with [the commanding officer’s] permission.” The PFP then began to fire tear gas into the crowd, according to Avelar. While the exact number of tear gas canisters fired is unknown, SME members were able to show this reporter pieces from four spent canisters: two rifle-fired canisters and two hand-thrown grenades.

The tear gas was manufactured by US-based Combined Tactical Systems, the same company that manufactured the tear gas used in the 2009 Bagua, Peru, massacre of indigenous protestersand the violent attack against striking teachers in Morelos, Mexico in 2008.

When the PFP fired tear gas at the SME, the gas wafted into surrounding schools and homes, affecting the children inside. The Cables Bolivar complex is located across the street from an elementary school and catty-corner to a daycare. The SME reports that 2-month-old Alexis Emiliano Hernández was hospitalized when tear gas entered his home near Cables Bolivar.

Calls to support the SME in Cables Bolivar went out over Twitter and Radio SME, and support quickly arrived from other parts of the city. Students from the Autonomous University of Mexico City, the Urban Movement of Popular Power, and other organizations quickly arrived and drove back the police. Avelar says, “We will not move from here until the Ministry of the Interior or the Supreme Court presents a solution to this problem.”

The second confrontation with police occurred in Juandho, Hidalgo. SME members and supporters blocked the entrance to the Juandho LyFC complex with piles of dirt. According to El Universal, “This angered the federal police, leading to a confrontation.” The police fired tear gas and pepper spray at the crowd, and fired live rounds into the air. El Universal reports that following the repression, approximately three police helicopters and 400 federal police arrived on the scene to drive back protesters.

Following the police repression, floodgates that guard a canal of raw sewage were opened, flooding the LyFC complex and the police inside. At the time of publication, it has not been confirmed how the floodgates opened. However, the flood seems to have incapacitated the police–reports from Juandho indicate that the SME still holds its blockade of the LyFC complex there.

The SME continues to blockade key LyFC buildings, and will do so indefinitely. The workers have organized themselves into shifts that will maintain the picket lines around the clock. As nighttime fell, a “tense calm” fell over the blockades. Police continue to attempt to penetrate the blockades, particularly in Nexaca, Hidalgo, and there is fear that police will attack in the night while the majority of the region is asleep.

National Support

Actions in support of the SME reportedly occurred in about 25 states.

The national strike has inspired organizations all over the country to take bold measures to support the SME as well as their own causes. Several organizations took advantage of the national strike in support of the SME to pressure the government to cede to their own demands.

Oaxacan teachers, in addition to sending a delegation to the Mexico City protests, blocked government buildings and highways in their own state, bringing transit to a standstill. Their actions were in support of the SME, but also designed to pressure the government in their own 2010 contract negotiations.

Students from the Autonomous University of Mexico City rushed to the SME’s aid in front of the Cables Bolivar complex after police attacked there. The city government has cut all funding for their university, leaving them unsure how they will continue their studies. They arrived at Cables Bolivar with signs that said, “Less Military, More Education.”

Miners in Cananea, Sonora, blocked a federal highway there. The company that owns the mine where they work refuses to recognize their union and seeks massive layoffs. The government has authorized the military to take over the mine. The miners participated in the SME’s national strike by blocking the Cananea-Agua Prieta federal highway and have vowed to remain there until their own labor dispute is resolved. The SME and the Miners Union have a strong relationship and a history of mutual aid.

March 20, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

After Vincennes trial

March 17th, Paris: Vincennes detainees trial, for the arson of the Detention Center

The court followed the prosecutor, except for one accused who has been condamned even more.
All the accused are condamned to prison.

One accused to 36 months,

Four to 30 months,

One to 24 months,

Two to 12 months,

Two to 8 months.

No warrant for arrest, except for the two people who are in the run.

After the trial, agencies have been occupied by 30 people.

The AIR FRANCE of Bastille has been blocked, its computers disconnected, posters covered the windows and a was banner hung outside. People the agency to take back their complain for the last occupation. Flyers were given to people in the street.

A SNCF (train agency) was also occupied in Belleville. Some costumers showed their support to that action. After everybody was out, the whole agency has been covered with graffities; a banner, posters and flyers.

The Bouygues Telecom agency across the street has been saccaged just after; the seeler locked himslef inside when people recovered his windows.

To finish, people went out and walked the streets, blocking the cars and the cops behind and around them, shouting slogans for liberty and against prison.

March 19, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

in The Most Free State of the World

All the versions of this article: [English] [français]

Since 1945, they want us to believe that the most serene freedom has arisen in our lifetime; now that housewives have access to all the best household appliances, now that almost everyone has the right to vote, now that “freedom” of speech is guaranteed by the democratic institutions, now that we are left with the listing of false choices- between exploiting or being exploited for nothing at all, and without trying to understand why, threatened to be quashed. Our anxiety and our thirst for liberty do not falter, though that is what it’s all about when the State parrots out its ideas of freedom, democratic and industrial progress.

But here and there, the social peace is sometimes weakened, its necessity reappraised, its capacity to become fashionable evacuated in aid of the rage it provokes to who this social peace can not live down the misery of a permanent existence as the prey of the State. Pigs are attacked and hated in some neighbourhoods that civil tranquillity describes as “sensitive”, the social big brothers can not contain the rage of exploited people seeking for meaning, unemployed people do not accept their lives as a nightmare of subsistence, pupils make barricades against forces of law and order while workers threaten to blow up their fucking factories, sans-papier people rebel all over the country by setting fire to their prisons or escaping from police raids, some other people try to make the lives into hell for those who make a profit of deportation and the prison system. More and more mutineers attempt to take revenge on these who benefit from domination.

In 2005, some suburbs explode with rage and jeopardise the Order. More than a year ago, it’s Vincennes Detention Centre, the biggest prison for migrants in France that goes up in smoke, ignited by the rage of life with no life. Since several years, the sabotages and attacks increase against imprisonment collaborators (Bouygues, Eiffage, IBIS, Air France, ADECCO, the Red-Cross and other vultures who participate to the deportation machine). More recently, dozen of bank ATMs (that were responsible for sans-papiers arrests, organizing ambushes with cops to their unwanted clients: La Poste, BNP, LCL, CIC, Société Générale) were burnt, smashed, sabotaged.

Ten people are accused of the Vincennes centre arson, and have been found guilty, facing several years of prison.

On February 15th, four people, among those called by the cops “anarcho-autonomes”, are arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Section of the Criminal Brigade, and accused of having participated in a wave of solidarity against Detention Centres and their shit Brave New World. It’s still the State showing its nasty face, hoping to see us submit to the bloody pacification it imposes us, with cops, prison, torture, murders, judges, borders, guards and nice tidy smiles.

In fact, through repression, the State wishes to slow down the diffusion of permanent attacks that badly shake it. It wishes to attribute to some dreamed up social groups (like ‘ultra-gauche’ ones, the ’suburban youth’, the ‘gangs’, the ’saboteur’, and so on…) some acts, already spread though in the whole society, in order to confine them, aware that the spreading of these practices would be fatal to it.

But there’s nothing to cry over. Because in this social war with no truce, we will not turn the other cheek!

Let’s make sure the revolt uproar will beat down on this shitty world!

[Leaflet found in some streets of Paris, March 2010]

Translated from French.

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March 19, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has directly blamed "terrorist commandos of ETA for the death of a policeman on Tuesday near Dammarie-les-Lys in a st

from the france press….17/3/10

“The president expresses his deep emotion following the death of Jean-Serge Nerine, chief sergeant, assigned as the public security to the district Dammarie-les-Lys, fatally wounded during an exchange of gunfire with a commando of the ETA terrorist group” the statement said.

The alleged member of ETA was arrested on Tuesday near Paris after the death of a policeman during a shootout, and is being prosecuted in Spain for acts of urban violence.

Joseba Fernandez ASPURZ, subject to two proceedings before the National Court for acts of “kale borroka” urban violence perpetrated by radical groups of young Basque separatists in March and September of 2008.

The movement of “kale borroka” is considered by the Spanish police as the nursery of the ETA. The Spanish judiciary has formally requested the release of ASPURZ in Spain.
The circumstances of the tragedy still unclear

In terms of the investigation, the judicial source was unable to specify the exact circumstances of his arrest, especially if it could be the author of the shots that killed the French officer. The sergeant, aged 52, father of four children, was killed late Tuesday afternoon near Dammarie-les-Lys (Seine-et-Marne) in a shootout with basquen gunmen.

According to judicial sources, four cars were on the roadside, and four people filled their tanks with gasoline canisters when police intervened. Then two other cars arrived, carrying three to four people, and then the gunfire erupted, allowing the escape of suspected members of ETA (excluding custody). They fled by car or on foot, the source said.

Police recovered a handgun in a car, which was part of a consignment of 350 stolen firearms by a commando of the ETA October 23, 2006 at Vauvert, near Nimes (Southern France).

After the tragedy, the Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux visited in the evening at the police station in Dammarie-les-Lys. He urged the policemen “to accomplish their mission of service to the security of their citizens but still thinking about their life, their own security and their families.”

Unions Police questioned by AFP were in turn expressed their “emotion” highlighting the “violence” of attacks on police officers who “trivialize”. “We hesitate to shoot at police officers who are on the frontline in the safety of our citizens,” said Yannnick Danio, spokesman for the union SGP-Police Unit (first union peacekeepers).

Jean-Claude Delage, secretary general of NATO (second union) himself has called for “minimum sentences” for perpetrations of police staff because “there are no limits to violence.”

March 18, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

Grigoropoulos trial UP DAY 18/3/10

The court in Amfissa, central Greece, that is hearing the trial of the two policemen involved in the shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos in December 2008 yesterday rejected an appeal by the two new prosecution lawyers for a one-week suspension so they could get up to speed with the case file. Nikos Konstantopoulos and Zoe Konstantopoulou have taken over the case after the two previous prosecution lawyers quit after a dispute with the judge over legal procedures. Judge Angelita Papavassiliou said that she would consider a request by Grigoropoulos’s mother, Gina Tsalikian, to testify for a second time.

March 18, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

lloyds private banking building attacked in clifton BRISTOL UK

last night the office of lloyds private banking in clifton was attacked

on the night of wednesday the 17th of march 2010, the lloyds private banking office at 131 pembroke road, clifton, bristol was attacked.

a plaque with ‘lloyds private banking’ was removed from a wall and taken away.

walls of the building were sprayed with: ‘in the shadow of a dark horse lies a capitalist bailiff ‘, and ‘bankers up against the wall’

pipes and cables to cooling fans etc to the building were cut

two windows were smashed

March 18, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

Brussels – Windows of a bank smashed

Brussels – Two cars of Greek diplomats burned

“In Ixelles (Avenue de L’Oree) two cars of the Greek Diplomatic Corps have been burned.”

Translated from
16/03/2010″This Monday, all the windows of a branch of the Dexia bank in Woluwé-Saint-Lambert were destroyed.

Our thinking goes to the anarchist Lambros Fountas, murdered by Greek police.
Solidarity with the permanent revolt in Greece.”

Translated from

March 17, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

‘For Lambros’ – Bristol commemorates Greek anarchist killed by police 17 March, 2010 ·

Probation Offices Attacked in Bristol

At 2am on 17 March, anarchists attacked the inner-city probation offices in Stokes Croft, Bristol.

Paintbombs were thrown, the windows destroyed, were to personnel gates locks attached and slogans ” No prison – no State” and ” For Lambros” on the walls were spray-painted. This activity is inaugurated on the death of our comrade Lambros of Athens in Greece, who was murdered by cops and represents part of our active denial of the control system. This attack came also in solidarity with Alfredo and Christos, with G20 and Gaza defendants, and with all prisoners who fight.

Hooligans with Conscience

Remembering Lambros Foundas, killed by cops in Athens

Things seem to be heating up around St. Paul’s and Stokes Croft. Yesterday saw a large public gathering to protest against the police-supported eviction of the Jesters social centre, readying it for another Tesco Express; this morning I noticed this graffiti and paint bombing on the side of Decourcy House, the Avon & Somerset Probation Area office on Upper York Street. It memorialises Lambros Foundas, a Greek anarchist shot dead by Athens police last Wednesday. There is an obituary on Act For Freedom Now!

March 17, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

Clashes In Jerusalem On Hamas 'Day Of Rage' from the press

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Tuesday March 16, 2010

Dozens of Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police in East Jerusalem on a “day of rage” declared by Hamas.

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The Palestinians hurled stones at police and set tyres ablaze while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Sky’s Middle East correspondent Dominic Waghorn said: “Skirmishes are coming and going, it’s a game of cat and mouse between the protesters and Israeli border police.”

Medical officials said around 40 Palestinians suffered minor injuries.

The violence erupted as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets across the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

“With our blood, with our souls, we sacrifice for you, Jerusalem, martyrs by the millions, onwards to Jerusalem,” the crowds shouted as they marched.

Hamas called for the day of protests after Israel reopened a 17th Century synagogue near the al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem‘s Old City.

The compound, sacred to both Jews and Muslims, has been the site of Israeli-Palestinian violence for decades and was the epicentre of the 2000 Palestinian intifada.

March 16, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

Rebellion in Madrid and Rome

    Madrid and Rome: Revolts in Detention Centers

All over Europe, new prisons for migrants people are built. National or multi-national collaborators invest in this business, and harbour the local fascist politics.

In Madrid, around March 8th
, detainees put fire in several rooms. From the street, one could hear them screaming: „fire!“, „tell people what happens here!“[..].
„I‘m racist and i‘ll send you back to your fucking country!“. That what said a policeman to an Angolan detainee when he refused to enter the plane, kicking him in his chest and putting him a straitjacket. He came back to the Center almost unconscious. Some hours later, he was taken to the hospital (besides, he’s seriously ill). This is what started the revolt.

In the meanwhile, we learnt protesting movement rose last month: collective revolts, clash with police ( several policemen have been injured).
For information, the Red Cross entered the site several weeks ago, with a financial help from the Interior Minister, that would be about 200 000 €


Saturday March 13th, Rome: Demonstration and revolt infront of Ponte Galeria detention Center.

Since a while, a demonstration in front of Ponte Galeria Detention center is announced. Before arriving to the gathering, the walls of the train station and the Rome-Fiumicino lines are covered with posters.
Then, at the center, some pass food and drinks on to the detainees: food with no antidepressant nor sedative, in opposition to those usually given by the Auxilium cooperative, that manages the center since two weeks.


Just after that, about 20 detainees go up to the roof of another building, where they will stay several hours, resisting to the threats and the police attempts to chase them away.
Attempting to escape, one persone clings to the streetlight, others gash their arms, and some others threaten to hang themselves with their blankets.

When the gathering comes to an end, and when the individuals coming in solidarity (about one hundred) move away, police charge at the detainees one the roof: with billies and handcuffs.
At that point, the comrades decided to occupy the rails in „Fiera di Roma“ train station, blocking the trafic on both sides during 40 minutes. Around 7pm, a group (still 100 people) gather at the place in front of the Trastevere train station and starts a wild walk in the town, blocking the traffic behind a banner „Close the centers for migrants – Anti-racists against all prisons“.

The shouts and the speeches in the megaphone remind the saturday morning passing people there’s a camp at Ponte Galeria, and in that camp there are people who struggle and rebel.
When the ‚carabinieri‘ [italian police] arrive, the demonstrators don‘t break up and continue the demonstration in the alleyways to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere.

The day after, national papers, that couldn‘t hide the happening, talk about an elected representative, whose visit was cancelled when police refused he enters the Center!



In Paris, Sunday March 14th, some people meeting at the Vincennes detention Center after a walk in the forest, salute teh detainees- shouting „liberty!“ Some fire works come also with the walk. People try to send balls inside, knowing police forbide them to have some. But people say the walls are really high… Some detainees have the time to go out of the buildings and to answer them, but are quickly threaten by dogs and cameras.

March 16, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

In Venna, in the Rodopi Counties of Greece, there are prisons that degrade human lives.

Xanthi, Thursday, March 11, 2010

Venna is one of the eight functioning immigration detention centers in the Rodopi and Evros counties of Greece. Centers like Vena have been created within the framework of the states anti-immigration policies, to be used normally in ‘exceptional’ circumstances.

All detention centers operate are outside the legal framework, and particularly in the case of Venna there isn’t even an official legal document defining its function.

Rodopi is not included in the list of counties eligible for the placement of ‘Special places for the residence of foreigners’ ‘ΕΧΠΑ’. Even Artcle 81 of Law 3536/2005 that provides for the creation of ‘Special places for the residence of foreigners’ fails to define the terms and conditions of their operation.

According to reports by lawyers who have visited the centre, hygiene conditions are appalling, there is no medical staff, and the number of prisoners far exceeds the capacity the centre was designed to accommodate. Prisoners have no contact with the outside world (lawyers, family members, interpreters, local community) and have inadequate information on their rights. The behavior of the prisoner guards towards the prisoners is often degrading to the dignity of the detainees

On Wednesday, February 3rd, prisoners in the Vena detention centre rebelled over the inhuman conditions of detention and their prolonged imprisonment. The previous day, the guards had asked the police to transfer 30 detainees as a temporary solution to the centers extreme over-crowdedness.

Nevertheless, the immigrants rebelled, setting their mattresses and clothes on fire. The police intervened and presented 42 people to the prosecutor as ringleaders of a criminal incident, indicting them for attempted escape and damage of public property.

In express proceedings on Friday February the 5th, without lawyers and interpreters, they were sentenced to 4 and 6 months imprisonment and legal deportation for the contempt of the law, and damage to public property.

To prevent the possibility of an appeal of the decision by a group of concerned lawyers who had shown interest in doing so, the convicted were moved to Drama and Kavala.

To answer back to these incidents, in Xanthi and Komotini, initiatives have been taken against these concentration camps, involving an information campaign for the local community around the issue of Venna and the suppression of the uprising, as well as holding a protest in Komotini (February 19th) and Venna (February 20th).

Arriving to the nightmare that is Venna, we managed to verify the true conditions of detention, as well as the every day terror endured by the imprisoned.

Following negotiations a group of people managed to enter the centre upon which they discovered that the prison population was falsely grossly understated (there were in-fact over 200 prisoners ‘hosted’, as opposed to the official ‘46’). Furthermore it was discovered that 4 individuals were on hunger strike. The patients had not received any essential medical attention (one person was even refused post- operative transfer to a hospital).

We see in the case of these 42 defendants and the prisoners on hunger strike, the immediate response of the State, towards people who are struggling for their human dignity and freedom.

The policy of humiliation, torture and repression carried out by the Greek state is fully consistent with the requirements of ‘Fortress Europe’. The state even refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the centers it establishes. Of course we don not expect any legal framework to define what dignity means and under what conditions it is violated. We believe that the right to free movement, to human dignity and the freedom to choose where to live is inalienable. The struggle for life, dignity and freedom is not illegal, it is just. No one is illegal.

We demand the immediate abolition of the concentration camps.

Immediate release of all the imprisoned immigrants. Acquittal of the 42 accused in the uprising at Venna that took place on February the 3rd.

Initiative against the detention camps of Evros and Rodopi.

March 16, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

DNA tests thwart terror probe GREECE FROM THE PRESS

DNA tests on drops of blood found at the scene of a shootout last Wednesday in southeastern Athens match the blood of Lambros Fountas, the 35-year-old terrorist suspect killed in the exchange of fire, according to counterterrorism police officers, who had hoped the blood would shed light on the identity of a second man who eluded arrest.

The blood found at the scene of the shooting also failed to match blood samples gathered from the sites of recent terrorist attacks and bank robberies, thwarting police efforts to link Fountas to domestic terrorist groups such as Sect of Revolutionaries and Revolutionary Struggle.

Police believe that the second suspect is a member of an anti-establishment group with links to another recently formed terrorist group, the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire. Officers who were at the scene of the shooting last Wednesday claim to have recognized the second suspect before he fled.

Police have stepped up their investigation into Fountas’s suspected involvement in terrorist activities after a search of his home at the end of last week turned up a detailed map of the capital’s surveillance cameras.

Sources told private television channel Mega yesterday that police fear a revenge attack by domestic terrorists for Fountas’s death. These fears were fueled by the discovery of the map, which pinpoints all the capital’s street cameras and includes notes regarding the scope and blind spots of each camera’s lens.

Officers have also boosted their search for a possible hideout and have intensified surveillance of the dead man’s relatives and close friends. Seven keys found at Fountas’s home in Ambelokipi, near central Athens, are being tested but have not yet matched any addresses linked to the suspect.

Police have also asked the director of the private diagnostic clinic where Fountas was employed for a list of the dates the 35-year-old had taken off work to determine whether they correspond with those of any domestic terrorist attacks.