BREAKING: FBI delivers more subpoenas to anti-war organizers in Chicago

stop fbiFBI Delivers Subpoenas to More Anti-War, Solidarity Activists

The FBI has informed a lawyer from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) that at least three subpoenas to appear before a Grand Jury have been delivered in the Chicago area.

Attorney Jim Fennerty confirmed that FBI agent Robert Parker informed him just before 1:00 pm today that the subpoenas were being delivered at that moment.

This is a continuation of the assault on the anti-war movement that began on September 24th. This case began with 14 subpoenas delivered to anti-war, labor and solidarity activists in coordinated raids that swept the Midwest, involving scores of federal agents. “The FBI is continuing their campaign to intimidate the movement,” stated Joe Iosbaker of the national Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Iosbaker was one of those raided and subpoenaed in September.

Fennerty is one of the lead NLG attorneys from the legal team for the activists. According to Fennerty, “The new subpoenas are summoning people for grand jury dates. At least one of the three has been told to appear before the grand jury Tuesday, January 25th, in the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago.”
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Justice Department ups ante against the anti-war movement

By Michael Deutsch / The Rag Blog / November 16, 2010

In late September the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and anti-war offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Following the raids the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several anti-war and community organizations.

In carrying out these repressive actions, the Justice department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project which decided that non-violent First Amendment speech and advocacy “coordinated with” or “under the direction of” a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as “terrorist” was a crime.

The search warrants and grand jury subpoenas make it quite clear that the federal prosecutors are intent on accusing public nonviolent political organizers, many affiliated with Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), of providing “material support,” through their public advocacy, for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
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Olympia: Coast Guard agent’s attorney files to dismiss spying case

The attorney for a retired special agent with the U.S. Coast Guard has filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit alleging that the agent spied on members of an Olympia anti-war group.

The motion, filed on Sept. 30, argues that the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law barring the military from engaging in domestic law enforcement duties, does not apply to the Coast Guard.

Mark Bartlett, a Seattle attorney representing former U.S. Coast Guard special agent Clint Colvin, argues in his motion that the U.S. Coast Guard is specifically tasked with carrying out law enforcement functions.

Therefore, he says, the Posse Comitatus Act was not broken when Colvin attended public meetings of the Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, or OlyPMR, when the group was planning protests in 2007 to block military shipments from Iraq from leaving the Port of Olympia en route to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The motion also contends that even if the Posse Comitatus Act applied to Colvin, he did nothing illegal in attending OlyPMR meetings under an assumed identity.
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NEFAC Solidarity Statement against FBI raids of Anti-war organizers

Against the September 24th FBI Raids

The North Eastern Federation of Anarchist Communists (NEFAC) condemns the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ raids on anti-war and anti-colonial organizers, which began the morning of Friday, September 24th in the Twin Cities and Chicago, and the intimidation of organizers across the country. The targets of these raids were those who oppose the racist and colonial oppression of people in Palestine, Colombia, and elsewhere. The raids are characteristic of a governmental department created to counteract popular movements. Since its formation, the FBI has targeted and silenced organizers in the United States who struggle to support and unite oppressed people for a better world.

As one of the FBI’s main strategies has been to divide movements for change into small ineffectual factions, we call on our brothers and sisters of all radical, revolutionary, and progressive backgrounds to come together in the streets and in front of FBI offices to demonstrate unity in the face of this repression. We will protest these aggressions as if they were committed against our own membership. We call on our anarchist comrades across the country and the world to put aside political differences with the socialists who were the targets of these particular raids. Anarchists, animal rights, and environmental activists have seen the results of the FBI’s efforts to crush our struggles throughout the past decade. Thus, we know the shear weight of solidarity it takes to support the FBI’s victims, and to maintain the spirits of those who the government wishes to silence. We encourage anarchists to stand with the victims of these actions, for it will only be a matter of time until the FBI targets anarchists again in their quest to silence those who dissent against the global capitalist system.

Furthermore, we lend our support to those who will inevitably be resisting a summons to appear and testify before a Grand Jury. These brave individuals who will be sent to prison for refusing to cooperate in the FBI’s witch hunt deserve the respect and solidarity of all who struggle for a better future.

Lastly, in these dark times, we recall the words of Martin Niemöller (1892-1984), a German Protestant pastor during Nazi rule, who said,

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

On Friday, the FBI came for socialists who support the struggles of the colonized people of Colombia and Palestine, labeling them terrorists. We call on our brothers and sisters across the country to stand together, now, because tomorrow, they may come for you.

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Breaking: Details emerge about Anti-war Grand Jury

From the UpTake:

gents raided homes in Minneapolis and Chicago apparently looking for links to terrorist activity. The Minneapolis raids targeted peace activists who were active in protesting the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Taken from the homes were travel and phone records.

At a home on Park Avenue, FBI agents arrived early this morning with a warrant. The person who answered the door says the FBI pushed past her and began searching every room of the home from attic to basement, looking at CDs, DVDs, books, photos and papers.

Before leaving the FBI issued subpoenas for the peace activists to appear before a Grand Jury in Chicago on October 12th.

Members of the peace community are gathering at Walker Church today at 5:30pm to give advice and comfort to those who had their homes raided.

The UpTake had cameras at two of the raid locations in Minneapolis and will be posting photos, videos and interviews from the scene soon.

Breaking: Statement offers more details about today’s FBI raids on anti-war organizers

From Fight Back News:

Activists Denounce FBI Raids on Anti-war and Solidarity Activists Homes

Subpoenas, Searches, and FBI visits carried out in cities across the country

We denounce the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists in several states across the country. The FBI began turning over six houses in Chicago and Minneapolis this morning, Friday, [September] 24, 2010, at 8:00 am central time. The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to about a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. They also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

“The government hopes to use a grand jury to frame up activists. The goal of these raids is to harass and try to intimidate the movement against U.S. wars and occupations, and those who oppose U.S. support for repressive regimes,” said Colombia solidarity activist Tom Burke, one of those handed a subpoena by the FBI. “They are designed to suppress dissent and free speech, to divide the peace movement, and to pave the way for more U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and Latin America.”

This suppression of democratic rights is aimed towards those who dedicate much of their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war. The activists are involved with well-known anti-war groups including many of the leaders of the huge protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN in September 2008. The FBI agents emphasized that the grand jury was going to investigate the activists for possible terrorism charges. This is a U.S. government attempt to silence those who support resistance to oppression in the Middle East and Latin America.

The activists involved have done nothing wrong and are refusing to be pulled into conversations with the FBI about their political views or organizing against war and occupation. The activists are involved with many groups, including: the Palestine Solidarity Group, Students for a Democratic Society, the Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee, the Colombia Action Network, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera (a Colombian Political Prisoner).

Steff Yorek, a long-time antiwar activist and one of the activists whose homes was searched, called the raids “An outrageous fishing expedition.”

We urge all progressive activists to show solidarity with those individuals targeted by the U.S. Government. Activists have the right not to speak with the FBI and are encouraged to politely refuse, just say “No”.

Breaking: FBI raids anti-war organizers’ houses in Minneapolis and Chicago

By RANDY FURST Star Tribune

Last update: September 24, 2010 – 11:08 AM

The homes of several leaders of the Twin Cities antiwar movement were raided Friday by the FBI in what an agency spokesman described as an “investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”

Search warrants were executed on six addresses in Minneapolis and at two in Chicago, said FBI spokesman Steve Warfield.

Among the homes raided were the apartments of Jessica Sundin, who was a principal leader of the mass march of 10,000 on the opening day of the Republican National Convention two years ago, and Mick Kelly, who was prominent in that protest and among those who announced plans to march on the Democratic National Convention in Minneapolis, if the city is selected to host it in 2012.

Ted Dooley, an attorney, said he had reviewed the search warrant issued in the raid on Kelly’s apartment. “It’s a probe into the political beliefs of American citizens and to any organization anywhere that opposes the American iimperial design,” he said.

Steve Warfield, an FBI agent, declined to respond to Dooley’s comment. He said in a statement Friday, “We are doing six federal search warrants in Minneapolis that are related to an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism. We are doing two search warrants in Chicago as well.”

He said the raids were conducted at about 7 a.m., but he declined to say who or what addresses were being raided.

Mick Kelly, who lives on the 1800 block of Riverside Av. in Minneapolis, said in a telephone interview that the FBI kicked down his door, handed him a search warrant and began inspecting his files. He said eight FBI agents were involved in the raid.

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