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Alan Hague



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I was going to post this in Jared's thread about his upcoming trial, as some of the people whose homes were raided helped organize the RNC protests in 2008. However, I decided this needs its own thread, as it's a pretty serious issue.


http://www.startribune.com/local/103716104.html?page=1&c=y

FBI raids homes of several prominent members of Twin Cities antiwar movement

Search warrants were executed on six addresses in Minneapolis and at two addresses in Chicago in an "investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism."


By RANDY FURST and ABBY SIMONS, Star Tribune


The homes of six Twin Cities activists, including three prominent 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."

An FBI spokesman Steve Warfield confirmed that six Minneapolis homes were raided this morning.

Among the homes raided were the apartments of Jessica Sundin, who was a principal leader of the mass antiwar 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. Neither has been arrested.

Kelly said in an interview this morning he had "absolutely not" been involved in illegal activities.

A raid was also in progress at the home of Meredith Aby, another local antiwar leader who was frequently the spokeswoman for the march on the GOP convention. Sundin and another source said that a fourth raid took place at the home of Tracy Molm, a leading activist in Students for a Democratic Society, an organization at the University of Minnesota. The source said raids occurred at the addresses of two other activists whose names he did not disclose.

Supporters of Sundin, Kelly and Aby had gathered on the sidewalks outside each of the residences.

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 imperial design," he said.
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C.R.A.Z.Y



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uh oh someone i care about got ...

shit

:(

shit i got calls to make maybe people to bail out

thanks for posting :(

*** edit
made calls.
my peoples and the peoples involved are safe.

whew.
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Good thing we've got so much extra time, money, and resources to invade countries and raid peoples homes...
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The thought police are gearing up.

They're moving inch by inch. We have to push them back.
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Just found a list (courtesy of the United National Antiwar Committee) of demonstrations in opposition to the raids. Unfortunately, a couple already happened today, but there are still plenty of others going on tomorrow and Wednesday (including an action here in Providence), if anybody's interested!


Minneapolis MN, Monday: 4:30, FBI Office Monday, 111 Washington Ave. S.

Chicago, IL, Monday: 4:30 FBI Building, 2111 W. Roosevelt Rd.

NYC, Tues: 4:30 to 6pm Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza

Providence, RI, Wed: 5 - 6pm, Federal Building (downtown)

Newark, NJ Tues: 5 to 6pm Federal Building Broad Street

Washington DC, Tues: 4:30 – 5:30 FBI Building 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW.

Detroit, MI, Tuesday: 4:30 McNamara Federal Building

Durham NC, Monday: 12 noon Federal Building, 323 E Chapel Hill St.

Raleigh, NC, Tuesday: 9 am Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave

Atlanta, GA, Tues: 12 noon FBI Building

Gainesville, FL Monday: 4:30 PM at FBI Building

Salt Lake City, UT, Monday: 9 AM at Federal Building

Albany, NY, Wednesday: 5-6 pm at the Federal Building



From UNAC:

"Add your voice to denounce the attacks on antiwar and social justice activists. Call the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 or write an email to: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.

Send copies of all communications to UNAC at the above email address. Affiliate your organization to UNAC now! Join our National Coordinating Committee of antiwar and social justice organizations across the county to immediately end all U.S. wars, interventions. Trillions for jobs, education and human needs not war!"
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We got 50 people out to the anti-raids protest at the Federal Bldg in Providence yesterday, passed out a bunch of info to people at Kennedy Plaza, and did interviews with the Providence Journal/made the paper.

I was singled out by Homeland Security as the person leading the chants from the bullhorn. I deferred on answering any personal questions and quickly invited a longtime member of our group (RIMC) who specializes in speaking to cops to handle any further questions.

It's important to note that even though the Homeland Sec officer (Federal Police) tried to disrupt the action by taking out the person on the bullhorn, the action was organized enough to continue on it's own and actually got louder/never wavered in passing out information.

The really scary part is that this action was only called for over the weekend. In less than 3 days Homeland Security already knew about our small protest and had officers (in federal police uniforms!) assigned to surveil, disrupt, and otherwise police the event- operating in an area that was clearly under the jurisdiction of the local police.

Uniformed Federal Police on patrol...? There goes the neighborhood!!
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C.R.A.Z.Y



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Jared Paul wrote:


The really scary part is that this action was only called for over the weekend. In less than 3 days Homeland Security already knew about our small protest and had officers (in federal police uniforms!) assigned to surveil, disrupt, and otherwise police the event- operating in an area that was clearly under the jurisdiction of the local police.




not so scary...if u think about it. the info was posted on a public forum full of gay atheist foodheads... surprise! i'm sure this site among others is being observed. you've also been in "trouble" before, and you do post here under your name. u did write in the thread. that's almost an RSVP.

anyways keep up the good work i luv u jared paul.
-crazy amy
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3 days is still short time, and for such small fish!

it doesn't really add up.

there's a new campaign about, mark mi'words!

this wikileaks phenomenon definitely irritated some folks up on the High...
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-fbiraids-chicago,0,147494,full.story

Anti-war activists refusing orders to testify

By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press Writer
8:13 p.m. CDT, October 5, 2010


CHICAGO —

Anti-war activists whose homes or offices were raided as part of an FBI terrorism funding investigation will refuse to testify before a grand jury as ordered, in a show of defiance that could land them in jail.

Attorneys for the 14 activists called to testify have coordinated their responses since the Sept. 24 raids and have agreed their clients won't testify, Melinda Power, an attorney for a Chicago couple whose home was searched, said Tuesday. Agents searched seven homes and one office in Minneapolis and Chicago.

"They feel grand juries are now, and have historically been, a tool of harassment against activists", Power said.

Some of the anti-war activists won't testify because they don't want to be complicit in what they see as an attempt to stifle freedom of speech and assembly, said Jess Sundin, whose Minnesota home was raided.

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"We feel like the reason we're being called and we're being looked into is because of our very legitimate and constitutionally protected work in the anti-war movement," she said.

About 50 peace activists protested Tuesday outside of the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, where the grand jury was to convene.

"We will not be silent," Stephanie Weiner told protesters. She and her husband, Joe Iosbaker, were the two activists whose home was raided in Chicago.

In Minneapolis, about 100 people gathered in front of the FBI office, with many holding protest signs.

Meredith Aby, a Minnesotan who was subpoenaed to testify Tuesday but did not make the trip to Chicago, told the crowd she was asked to discuss meetings she had with activists in Colombia and Palestine. She said she could not betray the trust of those people.

"I am not willing to name names," Aby said. "This whole process reeks of McCarthyism."

Sundin also spoke, telling the crowd that she's proud of her years of dedication to peace activism, and that's why she is refusing to testify in secret. She said none of the subpoenaed activists ever provided material support to terrorists. She also said none of the activists has been charged.

"The fact is, the only way we can have free speech in this country is if we continue to use it," Sundin said.

Some subpoenas ordered activists to appear before Oct. 5. Sundin, who was subpoenaed to appear on Oct. 12, said activists sent separate letters to prosecutors indicating they do not intend to testify.

Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago, declined to comment about the case.

Some legal observers say the activists could go to jail.

"There's no chance prosecutors will just let it slide if they keep refusing," said Gal Pissetzky, a Chicago attorney with no link to the case.

As a next step, the government could reissue subpoenas -- possibly this time with an offer of immunity. If the activists decline to appear then, a judge could hold them in contempt.

A key issue is whether any of the activists are targets of prosecutors or whether prosecutors merely consider them witnesses against another primary target.

Just after the raids, FBI spokesman Steve Warfield said the bureau was seeking evidence related to "activities concerning the material support of terrorism."

But Sundin said no one has told activists who is or isn't the focus of the investigation. She said that puts them all in jeopardy of self-incrimination.

"It's just you, and the prosecutor and the jury (at the grand jury proceedings)," Sundin said. "So it is a very precarious situation for anyone to put themselves in."

Aby also said the grand-jury process was unfair.

"I think they are an incredibly repressive and undemocratic tactic," she said.

Someone who is a target can refuse to testify under their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination without risking a contempt charge, Pissetzky said. If they are granted immunity, however, a grand jury witness is required to answer questions, he said.

Activists who have spoken with reporters have denied giving money to terrorist groups.

The homes of two other longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists, Mick Kelly and Meredith Aby, were also among those searched last month.

The warrant for Kelly's home sought evidence on travel he did as part of his work for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and information on any travel to Colombia, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria or Israel.

Two groups use the name Freedom Road Socialist Organization, one based in Chicago and one in New York. They split several years ago, and the New York group said it was not targeted.

Kelly's subpoena also commanded him to bring records he might have relating to the Middle East and Colombia, along with records of any payment provided to Hatem Abudayyeh.

The subpoena did not further identify Abudayyeh, but FightBack! has interviewed and carried articles by a Hatem Abudayyeh who's the executive director of the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network.

Abudayyeh did not answer his office phone Tuesday and a recorded message said the voicemail was full. A message left on his cell voicemail was not returned. Several activists said their cell phones had been confiscated by the FBI.

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Associated Press Writer Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed to this report.
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