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R.I.P, First Amendment

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 12:58 AM
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Will the FBI arrest me and my 9 y.o. dd when we go to D.C. for the OneNation Rally this Saturday?  I hope they at least let us share a cell.  Holy shitt...this is not my country. 

 

FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists' Homes

Insists Raids Are Related to 'Material Support for Terrorism'

by Jason Ditz, September 24, 2010

The FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of "raids" against the homes of antiwar activists, claiming that they are "seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism."

 

So far there do not appear to have been any arrests related to the raids nor, according to FBI spokesman Steve Warfield, are there any expected. He also insisted that there was "no imminent threat" related to the antiwar organization targeted. Some of the activists say they were ordered to appear before a grand jury, however.

 

The warrant against antiwar activist Mick Kelly's home cited efforts to look into his ability to "pay for his own travel" to Palestine and Colombia and appeared to have been little more than a fishing expedition looking for possible links to "foreign terrorist organizations including but not limited to FARC, PFLP, and Hezbollah." Kelly insists that the raids were about harassing antiwar organizers.

 

Officials said they were related to a Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation. The JTTF in Minneapolis has a long history of heavy-handed investigations against protest groups, including an attempt in 2008 to infiltrate a vegan potluck.

 

Most of the raids were conducted in Minneapolis and were related to antiwar leaders in that city. Other raids were also reported in Chicago, Michigan, and North Carolina. Many of the homes targeted in Minneapolis were related to the Marxist-Leninist group "Freedom Road Socialist Organization" (FRSO) but this was not the only group targeted.

 

According to Reuters, Chicago antiwar activist (and longtime gay rights activist) Andy Thayer was also targeted, which he attributed to "solidarity work, for speaking out on the issues of the day."

 

CNN also listed the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Twin Cities Antiwar Committee, and Students for a Democratic Society as groups whose members were targeted. The Twin Cities Antiwar Committee's office was also raided according to the group's attorneys

 

More on this at democracynow.org, etc.

 

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OneToughMami
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:00 AM

*looks down* okay I am dressed well enough for them

jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:06 AM

Wow.  I don't accept an exchange of safety for freedom.  Ever think that's the true meaning of "Freedom isn't free"?  People might be supporting terrorism, but it's all just speech until they actually DO something.  Yes, that might mean people get hurt or killed, but that just might be the cost of a free society.  I'm not meaning to sound callous, it's just something I've been thinking about lately.  Freedom has a cost, at what point does it become unacceptable?

erin7420
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:49 AM

laughing


Quoting OneToughMami:

*looks down* okay I am dressed well enough for them

Maybe they will find all my missing socks and underwear when they ransack the place.







Kaelansmom
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 2:01 AM

 Well, damn, that is not good

candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 28, 2010 at 4:11 AM
Hundreds protest FBI raids on anti-war activists

MINNEAPOLIS — Protesters gathered outside FBI offices in Minneapolis and Chicago, bearing signs and shouting chants condemning the agency's searches of anti-war activists in both cities.

About 150 people protested in Minneapolis on Monday, holding signs reading: "Stop FBI harassment. Opposing war is not a crime." Roughly 120 people marched in Chicago.

Search warrants had indicated investigators were looking for connections between the anti-war activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East.

Many of those searched tell The Associated Press they've had ties to activist groups and have traveled in the Middle East or Colombia. All denied contributing any money to terrorist groups.

A leader of the Minnesota Anti-War Committee, Jess Sundin, says at least 13 people have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago.

Aasiyah
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 4:48 AM

material support of terroism. we are heading back to the days of not even being able to say cuba on the phone....

Aasiyah
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 4:49 AM

why are the soldiers fighting in iraq afgainstan and pakistan??????????????  looks like they should be here fighting the FBI

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