Did you often enounter road blocks that might have prevented you from doing your job?

Dick Salem

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The FBI started to stop our people. "You’ve got a can of gas in the back of your trunk. We’re not going to let you through. We’re going to confiscate it." Well, what happened is that in Wounded Knee, gas would be siphoned from our tanks. We’d get stuck on the road coming back. Someone would have to go out and rescue them. So, we put a can gas in the trunk as a security measure. Or I’d come out and go to the staff meeting, which they’d have every morning and someone would show me a picture. "This is Crazy Al. Is he in there? He’s wanted on felony charges in three states." Yeah, he was in there, and they knew he was in there because they must have had informers inside Wounded Knee and strong spy glasses on the outside. there. They knew he was in there, but they want me to say it. I would only say, "I’m not sure.” I had to make the point that they could not use CRS to extract information. They weren’t happy, many of them weren’t happy with us. Although, some of them, such as Wayne Colburn, the head of the marshals, understood what we were doing and appreciated it. Still they gave us a hard time coming in, they gave our people a hard time. Mark Lane was there as one of the AIM lawyers. He was involved in a number of high profile cases and was a very controversial civil rights attorney, not like William Kunstler who was also one of their attorneys, a very creditable person. Lane was not to be trusted, I learned.

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