Matt Lamont - former anarchist political prisoner- is yet again being harassed by the government. Lamont was arrested on April 20, 2002, accused by La Habra police of plotting to blow up a white power show. Matt served three years for incident and was released. Matt has been active in the local anarchist scene since 1999.
But on November 7, 2007, he pulled up to his house coming home from work only to find find federal agents sitting in wait for him. One vehicle was in his parking spot. He ordered the driver to move, knowing at the time that it was some sort of agent of the State, based on the make and model of the vehicle. Once he parked, federal agents rushed in with their badges- intent on making a scene.
Agents told Lamont that as part of his parole conditions- they were engaging in a search of his person and property. When he asked about why the federal government was involved in a "random search" they commented that all policing agencies had a right to said searches.
During the search, agents continued to make threat against Matt. At one point they commented about how Jen- his wife- was expecting to have a child and that his would be a shame for their child to grow up without their father. Apparently this meant that Matt may return to prison due to parole violation. It is important to note that Matt's probation is going to expire in February 2008.
Throughout the raid, Matt demanded to know what this was really about. Finally, the agents informed Matt that they wanted him to provide information to the federal government about the movement. An agent told Matt that he was going to contact him in two weeks. The agent was going to sit down with Matt and another unmentioned individual and that Matt better provide
information. Matt asked who the other unknown person was and the agent retorted that he would find out at the meeting.
This is not the first time Matt has been harassed beyond what is considered normal procedures of a parole search. On February 23, 2006, detectives arrested him for having a utility knife outside of the kitchen- apparently this was a violation of his parole.
During that arrest, police accused Matt of plotting to attack a damn in Big Bear. Ironically, this closely resembles the same accusation taking place in the Eric McDavid case up in Sacramento. Matt served several months for parole violation and was released.
Since his last stint, Matt has remained quiet in his political life. He is trying to get through his probation and take care of his own. This may be the very reason the Feds are determined to squeeze Matt, hoping he will cooperate. The must not know Matt Lamont.
While Matt awaits the call by the FBI, supporters have responded to the calls for legal help. Lamont's local support group has received numerous emails and phone calls with information about local lawyers to assist Matt during and after the interrogation. We hope, however, he will not need them. We will keep people updated about this case.