Steve Kurtz, an artist on the faculty at my university, was detained by the FBI because they thought that his art was dangerous looking. Having utterly failed in its original intent to prosecute him for bioterrorism, they have downgraded the charges to petty larceny and mail fraud. Although I will admit to not having all of the facts in front of me, this appears to be no more than government harassment, and an attempt by the FBI to cover up for a vast overreaction. Please try to help him to defend himself against the federal government, and lend support in whatever way you can. Even if you do not agree with his political stance, federal agents throwing you from your home, only to later suggest that you may have engaged in filling out paperwork incorrectly without any criminal intent (but that they are still charging you), is an extreme breech of academic freedom. Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund.