Hunter Gray [Hunter Bear]
NEW! DUEL IN THE SHADOWS: IDAHO HARASSMENT AT POCATELLO [HUNTER GRAY] -- BACKGROUND AND CONTEMPORARY EVENTS -- REGULARLY UPDATED WITH CONSISTENCY INTO 2009
NOTE BY HUNTER BEAR: January 1, 2007
We view this as a most important page. It will certainly be updated as needed. Our Lair of Hunterbear website contains much indeed on my to-date long career as an activist social justice organizer. There is considerable material on my family background and myself -- and a key dimension of that is contained in the Special Tribute which includes, among other components, statements from dozens of colleagues and friends over my long life sojourn. Early on there is the kind statement given by Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson [a Tougaloo College grad] which he presented as a tribute to me -- to the United States Congress on February 10, 2004. The Tribute Link is
And see our very contemporary web page:
Before we start this account off in earnest, this is the kind statement, given with respect to me by good Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson before the United States Congress in 2004. It's worth noting that Mr. Thompson is Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. Congressman Thompson is a good person indeed.
From Bennie G. Thompson -- Mississippi Congressman -- in Tribute Remarks before United States House of Representatives:
PLACED IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL RECORD
TRIBUTE REMARKS HONORING
JOHN HUNTER GRAY -- BENNIE G. THOMPSON
(February 10, 2004)
- BENNIE G. THOMPSON
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize Hunter
Gray, a civil rights activist involved in the southern movement from the
summer of 1961 to the summer of 1967.
Hunter Gray, formerly John Salter, took the name of his Native American
family some years ago and has been one of the Nation's most ardent advocates on behalf of Native rights. He was recently diagnosed with a severe and possibly fatal case of lupus that has also brought on a bad case of diabetes.
John Salter was very active with the Jackson, Mississippi, NAACP and boycott . He was in the trenches with Medgar Evers and others during the civil rights movement from 1961 until Evers was assassinated. He also wrote a book titled, Jackson, Mississippi: An American Chronicle of Struggle and Schism (1979).
Hunter Gray's commitment to civil rights has continued throughout the years. He and his wife Eldri, who has been a partner in the struggle for equality for 40 years, now live in Idaho. He has been hospitalized several times over the past few months , and his medication and hospitalization costs are very expensive. Many of his friends are organizing a testimonial and fund-raiser to let him know how grateful we are to him for his many sacrifices and contributions to civil rights, Native American and labor causes.
For further information on Hunter Gray, I refer you to his widely read Web
Hunter Gray has left a formative mark on the shape of Mississippi history.
I thank him for his service to civil rights and to Mississippi. I ask that
you keep him in your prayers and meditations.
BENNIE G. THOMPSON, MISSISSIPPI
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
We seem to have once again become the focus of consistent
surveillance in Idaho. [After all, I am one of the few, maybe about the
only, open -- I say open -- "Resident Radical" in this generally pleasant and appealing
setting.] More on the latest in a few moments -- but first some background:
Our Organizer's Trail has been indeed a "Romany Trail" -- a "long, long
trail 'a winding." In the Summer of '97, we came here to our 'way up home on
the far western "frontier" edge of Pocatello, Idaho: a town embracing about
65,000 folks in its "metro area." No sooner did we arrive than we were
greeted by widespread harassment from so-termed lawmen. This appeared to be
conducted under the Bill Clinton-sponsored "anti-terrorism task forces"
involving Feds and state and local cops. And it certainly had just plain
racist implications. We made protests at many levels, launched organizing
and advocacy projects, spoke at various gatherings, and stayed stubbornly
right here -- where we remain and will continue to remain until Hell
And, as so frequently the case in matters of this kind, they all scattered -- and
For something of an outline of my career in
Some of the flavor from that epoch is reflected in
this from early 2001:
Early 2001 [Hunter Bear]:
"But, no sooner did we arrive [in Idaho], than it became clear that my
reputation as a "known agitator" had preceded me. Police began almost immediate
surveillance. We began having weird phone problems -- sometimes with a
crudeness reminiscent of our civil rights years in the Deep South. Heavy
mail delays -- including innumerable stalled and sometimes opened Priority
packages -- became commonplace. [Three detailed complaints on my part to
regional postal inspectors at Seattle have gone unanswered, unacknowledged.]
Our garbage has been surreptitiously searched. Idaho State University --
here at Pocatello -- has fled whenever I've sounded it out about part-time
teaching. All of these -- and much much more -- including harassing phone
calls -- are continuing.
But with only an exception or two, our immediate neighbors -- people who've
gotten to know us on a personal basis -- are friendly and fine."
We kept at it and, in time , 2002 and 2003, some of this -- not all of it --
began to fade. But since about a year ago, there has been a definite
resurgence. This may stem in part from the fact that I have been giving, on
a fairly consistent basis, social justice talks to large audiences in the
general region. Here is a brief report from about four months ago
Mid-August 2006 [Hunter Bear]:
"Since this past late winter, we have been having strange
problems with our telephones and especially computers -- leading us to
wonder if the older patterns of some "lawmen" harassment which
greeted us upon our arrival in Idaho in the summer of '97 may, at least in
some part, be resuming. Footprints in the snow appeared in our back yard
area -- obviously a night thing -- and, a couple of nights later, Cameron
[with Josie] driving up to our place, spotted a man coming out of our back
area and climbing over our fence and quickly disappearing. There have been
a number of other odd things, including midnight visits to our main power
pole on the edge of our darkened property. There has been some
Well, hard to tell, but we do think something is underway.
Our neighbors have certainly always been most friendly and supportive."
And now -- late December, 2006: [HUNTER BEAR]
My computer problems -- and it's a very solid machine -- have substantially
increased on several tech fronts. E-messages that have been sent to me
have, on a few occasions at least, not made it through and some of my
messages have simply disappeared immediately after my composing them -- or
the cursor has frozen while I am writing. Weird telephone calls -- both at
our cell phone and our unlisted main phone -- have become commonplace. Some
conversations are hardly audible -- again, as per the Old Days in the Deep
An interesting case in point occurred at the end of
this last October, when
a son of mine, his wife, and several children came from Nebraska for a very
pleasant week-long visit. Arriving at Pocatello at midnight, and not wishing
to disturb us at that hour, they took out a motel and then e-mailed both my
wife, Eldri, and myself at our separate computers. Neither of us ever
received that message. And then, a few days later, when my son and I had a
long breakfast and visit at Perkins, a man immediately came in behind us,
seated himself a few seats from us, and obviously observed us for an hour or
so. Within a minute after we had left, he came out of the restaurant and,
seated in his vehicle, made a telephone call.
So, it's the Same Old Thing -- and many indeed in both this country and
Canada [among others] are experiencing this police state stuff. The FBI,
according to my FOIA retrievals of 3,000 or so file documents [not counting
at least a hundred pages presently denied me on grounds of "national
security"] developed an acute interest in my doings when I was barely into
my '20s and formally listed me on several of its "high priority" rosters.
The retrieved documents go through the 1970s -- and only God and the Justice
Department know how many more there are at this point. [In addition, of
course, I have secured hundreds of pages from the old and very long-gone
Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission -- a kind of "secret police/spy
agency" that flourished from the latter '50s into the '70s.]
So this is nothing new. We Keep On, Keeping On. Given the transparency of
this Idaho-related stuff, it seems clear that the "point-persons" in this
bizarre project are essentially local "entities" -- but, of course, with a
Federal umbrella and endorsement.
And, through all of this, our good neighbors continue to be genuinely
pleasant in all respects. And so do many others in this great state.
We are sticking right here. Now and Forever.
UPDATE NOTE BY HUNTER BEAR [SPRING 2007]: HUNTER BEAR
Suffice it to say that this endemic "spying" situation is continuing -- as we assume it will into the present-era future.
At this point, we have  taken the appropriate steps to safeguard ourselves, our house, and our grounds; and  quietly made some basic and initial moves to [in due course] ensure functional privacy with respect to such matters as our computers, telephones, and postal mail.
Please note related information on the just above Link, "Hunter Gray in New West Magazine" [with reference, among many other things, to Idaho State University.] Note, too, the very apt comments, by our good Finnish friend Jyri Kokkonen, on both this page and the New West page -- regarding Surveillance Bird Dogs [Stasi, KGB, et al.] and crudely obvious "spy" approaches generally.
And, to be brutally candid, much of this Pocatello-area surveillance/harassment has been almost unbelievably transparent. It reminds us of the crudity of the old Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission -- the Magnolia spy agency set up in 1957 to maintain "State's Rights" and "Racial Integrity" -- i.e., racial segregation. That outfit became functionally dead in 1973 and was finally killed by the state legislature a few years later.
Much more on all of this in due course.
AND, AGAIN BY HUNTER BEAR [MAY 26 2007]
On this very early morning, the interference has become, even for this bizarre situation, almost unbelievably crude: three computer freeze-ups and the "theft/disappearance" of one message from Outlook Express [while it was being shifted to drafts]. As is almost always the case, these episodes occur at key points during my research/writing work. We note and forward these in appropriate fashion. We will have more on this soon. H.
FURTHER NOTE BY HUNTER BEAR:
The following is now going to several thousand people -- and it will go to even more:
To Our Many Friends at the Four
This is a personal report on our long-standing experiences as targets of
governmental "security" surveillance in Idaho. We are taking our own
appropriate steps but we could use your kind assistance. Thus this is a
request that, if you are so inclined, you forward this -- literally -- to
anyone and anything you feel might be interested. in this matter. We
suggest that -- since a vast number of people are in a situation analogous
to ours, you examine your own circumstances and make appropriate protests.
This Link covers all of our basics to the present moment: http://hunterbear.org/duel_in_the_shadows.htm
"Things" continue to occur -- and occasionally the twists
POSTED BY HUNTER BEAR: June 25 2007 RED TARGETS / TARGET RED?
A few days ago, I chanced to walk around a corner of our 'far up home -- a
corner close to the end of a paved road but partially concealed via a few
trees. Only one small window is on that side of our house and the whole
neighborhood area, at night, is totally dark. One stretch of our fence is on
that side -- but it's relatively small. [We have protective motion-detector
floodlights in front of our home but not on the sides.] But anyway --
I was greeted by two large stunningly bright red circles on the lawn -- each
at least three feet in diameter -- and each completely colored [red],
through and through. They looked very much like basic target designs of some
sort. Couldn't be vandalism, I immediately figured, since those kinds of
people would just hurriedly splash paint, or whatever, on the close by side
of our house. The only kind of thing that would fit would be some weird kind
of hostile symbolism -- not unusual in our situation which, during the ten
years we have been here, has been characterized by various forms of open and
surreptitious surveillance, and harasssment. [For a quick outline of just
some of that, see our recent
But the circles do indeed resemble targets of a sort. And one thinks, Red
Targets -- or Target Red.
Nothing more seems to have occurred -- but we do keep an eye and an ear
open. Virtually all of our neighbors are -- and have been consistently --
very friendly always. But there have been enemies from beyond our little far
up area -- especially those Of The Night.
Shortly after I spotted these Oddities, we had a rare heavy rain -- about an
inch and a half. Virtually all of the Red washed away, though a purplish
No great big thing -- we have had much worse in other settings in the years gone
by -- but worth a mention on this languid day, our 46th wedding anniversary.
Fighting on, Hunter [Hunter Bear]
FALL AND INTO WINTER, 2007 - 2008:
HUNTER BEAR -- UPDATED REGULARLY
Strange things continue. [There have not been, however, any more of the
crude, red "target circles." Although our telephones carry unlisted
numbers, we often receive calls with no discernible caller on the other end
and with our Caller ID indicating "blocked caller."
Computer freeze-ups are not uncommon -- especially when I'm writing
something that could be seen as "sensitive" in nature. [I do save everything
as I go along.]
There have been recurrent instances of my sending a message, then checking
my "Sent" mailbox, and finding no record of its going out. Sometimes, it
mysteriously returns to Sent, sometimes not.
Not long ago, a detailed back-and-forth e-mail discussion occurred between
myself and friends in another state who are coming over for a visit with us. One
of my messages died en route and was never received by them; a few days
later, one of theirs failed to reach me. We shifted to our telephones.
This is far from the only time that messages have simply up and disappeared.
Major developments are presently much underway in Washington, DC, with
respect to much needed and substantive reform in the whole matter of
clandestine surveillance -- especially as this affects United States
citizens. We are certain that our own lengthy Pocatello experiences as Target in
this vein have been and will continue to be useful to those forces which
believe, as we do, that the Constitution of our country, and our
fundamentally democratic ethos, must always remain sacrosanct and vital.
And when our dogs bark occasionally at very strange times of night, and
although we recognize that there can be many prosaic reasons for this, we
are glad that I am a life-long hunter and a very capable marksman indeed.
AND A NOTE: Computer problems via outside interference still continuing
in mid-November 2007. -- H
The computer glitches [generally freeze-ups when I'm writing, sending,
DECEMBER 14 2007: For virtually a year, this specific page -- Duel in the Shadows -- has been consistently sent to appropriate individuals in both public and private sectors and to certain civil rights / civil liberties organizations. Long before the inception of this specific page, we have kept the foregoing dimensions well apprised of our situation here in Pocatello and Idaho in general. We know very well how to function in a context that is not secure with respect to privacy rights. [After all, in my quite long social justice activist life and career, I've been through my own Arizona scene -- to say nothing of later settings such as Mississippi and the Deep South generally, Chicago, and much, much more. [As Martin King once put it so well, "I may not be a lawyer, but I have had a great deal to do with lawyers."] Our legal contacts, especially in such places as Washington, DC and New York, and San Francisco -- and elsewhere -- are quite solidly up-to-date on all counts. And we have known that, with an exception here and there, "local" attorneys in places such as Pocatello and Idaho in general cannot be counted on to initiate "bold" litigation in civil rights/civil liberties matters. Later, when an appropriate proceeding [or proceedings] is/are formally launched by lawyers "from afar", a capable regional attorney is frequently willing to join the effort.
SPRING 2008: HUNTER BEAR
Basically, all of the foregoing examples of invasion of privacy in our situation are continuing. This involves interference with our computer functions -- and it seems very probable, for example, that our cursor etc. is "wired." Both our Norton protection [which includes firewall] and our server report concerted efforts to "dig" even deeper into our computer operations -- but these efforts have been quite effectively rebuffed. There are strange calls on our unlisted telephone as well as on our cell phone. We do not believe that our postal mail service is secure. We are doing that which we need to do on all fronts -- step by step. And we are much encouraged by legislative and political developments vis-a-vis our Federal government. Much more on all of this in due course.
Humor -- even that sardonic in nature -- can
be a little difficult in our times. But this that
I posted a few days ago is worth reading:
And to this, Dale Jacobson, an old teaching colleague of mine at University of North Dakota, observes:
JUNE 18 2008:
Although there have been a few relatively brief respites in this obvious pattern of computer monitoring and surveillance, things of that sort are occurring with relative consistency -- including at present: freeze-up glitches, disappearing "sent" messages from me, some messages sent to me that never arrive, and other things.
A few days ago, Josie [our youngest] and her Cameron, spotted a strange circular metal piece on the far upper end of my Jeep Cherokee's hood -- on the driver's side. It's magnetized, rather shiny, about the size of a dime, and its underside is perforated with tiny holes. It was also securely taped on. They removed it and we have it in a safe place, a possible exhibit of tangible nature.
This is the 45th anniversary of the rigged auto wreck at Jackson, Mississippi -- 1963 -- that followed by a week the night-time assassination of our good friend and colleague, Medgar W. Evers. My vehicle was completely totaled and I and a companion riding with me were seriously injured, coming within a hair's breadth of death.
But we survived that -- as I have survived other things before and since. I always keep fighting -- now and forever.
Hunter [Hunter Bear]
HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR/JOHN R SALTER JR] Mi'kmaq
Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
Hunter Gray [Hunter Bear] March 17 2009
April 3 2009: [Hunter Bear] Posted. For
I'm continuing to have a good deal of difficulty from time to time in
receiving posted messages. Some are taking 'way too long to reach me. A few never reach me at
all.. Now and then when I send a message, it doesn't show in the "Sent"
box -- as though it's been spirited away.
Some of these problems stem, we're certain, from off and on [but still
pretty consistent] external thrusts from local "lawmen" foes functioning "under
color of law." These maneuvers have occurred on several fronts since we came here
to Pocatello in late July 1997.They have the subtlety of a "hog trying to teach
Frankly, they are so blatant that one
wonders if the motives are harassment, not
Some days ago, we had weird computer power outages and then one
had to re-boot my computer three times to finish a short post: glitch freeze-ups
and cursor-eaten words.
Significantly, problems often arise if I am typing what "right wingers"
might call a "subversive" message!
And there's more.
My computer is OK. Our other computer in our kitchen, which I
sometimes use, has had strange things occur -- especially when I'm using
Thus far, I at least, have seen no evidence of the Obama administration's
commitment to end illegal wiretapping against people -- including
Hunter [Hunter Bear]
MAY 2 2009:
It remains all too obvious that the previous patterns of surveillance and harassment are continuing unabated -- certainly so in our case and most likely in many others. Among other things, it's yet again clear that our personal mail is often being intercepted.
Dale Jacobson, a very old friend from the University of North Dakota epoch, comments:
Curious, Hunter. One interesting thing: not likely
to be any standard
paint from a spray can, as neither oil base or latex would wash away so
easily. It wasn't chalk? A water paint would wash away, but generally
water paint doesn't come in any kind of spray can that I'm aware of.
Unless for special hobby purposes? Of what practical purpose?
Utilities use a kind of dissolvable chalky mark, but why circles, which
I've never noticed them use for anything? Curious -- Dale
And from Hunter: Nothing utility-wise in the specific setting involved.
Dear Hunter Gray,
Good to hear from you. I hope you and Eldri and all members extended family are doing well. Particular greetings to friends in fur, feathers, scales, and leaves from this person.
In re the below and the duel in the shadows – my take on it
is mercantile. You get a mess of impoverished little towns
and cities around the country and the feds start offering
them money and jobs for something. What do you think will
happen? Of course. So there is no circumventing the high
probability that while the empire is crumbling the imperial
forces will prop up some communities financially. We saw
this in Czarist Russia and the Stalinist era
So the surveillance jobs are just going to be around awhile, until they get defunded.
Now as to how much of a target you are – hell, you’re
probably the only big game for miles around. These
blockheads have nothing else to do. Except maybe
surveillance on the Fort Hall res and the
What will they do to you?
Not a damn thing. Just bug you, make life unpleasant.
My advice: don’t take bait.
How long will this last? Maybe a couple more years. That’s my call on it. I could be wrong. But I don’t think Congress will fund this crap much longer.
Martha [Martha Elizabeth Ture]
FROM HUNTER BEAR TO MARTHA ELIZABETH TURE:
HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR/JOHN R SALTER JR] Mi'kmaq
Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´