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Re: [disabilitystudies] Stop FBI raids and grand jury witchhunts of antiwar activists

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  • lm murray
    How effective are these raids? I, for one, am actually reluctant to even visit the Web sites for fear the U.S. will follow through on its threat to start
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 29, 2010
      How effective are these raids? I, for one, am actually reluctant to even visit the Web sites for fear the U.S. will follow through on its threat to start 'monitoring' the Internet more closely. That this sort of thing goes on under a Democrat administration says something. America really should stop navel-gazing and join the global community to see how other open societies tackle terrorism without restricting civil liberties. Sweden, for instance, is a very old country and a populous one. Sweden's answer? 

      --- On Wed, 9/29/10, Glenn <glenn_kirkindall@...> wrote:

      From: Glenn <glenn_kirkindall@...>
      Subject: [disabilitystudies] Stop FBI raids and grand jury witchhunts of antiwar activists
      To: disabilitystudies@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 8:39 AM


      Hi folks.
      Last week in the U.S. there were nationwide raids by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on antiwar activists. Below is a statement from both the Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women protesting these raids.
      Glenn Kirkindall
      Portland, Oregon

      Stop FBI raids and grand jury witchhunts of antiwar activists and radicals!

      Statement by Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women

      September 28, 2010

      On September 24, gun-toting FBI SWAT agents broke into homes of
      antiwar activists and associates of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) in Minneapolis and Chicago. These outrageous actions were ordered by a federal judge in order to seize materials for a grand jury investigation into supposed terrorism. Agents walked off with files, financial records, passports, phone lists, computers and other electronic equipment.
      The warrant for seizing activists' possessions includes items for "the
      recruitment, indoctrination, and facilitation of other individuals in the United States to join FRSO" and "the recruitment, etc. of individuals to travel to Colombia and Palestine...in support of FARC, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hezbollah." Other targets of the raid included the offices of the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee and the Chicago home of Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network.

      In addition to the break-ins, the FBI is visiting people whom they assert may be involved in the antiwar movement or organizing support for Palestinians and Colombians. However, those raided have pointed out that they have the right to freedom of association and to organize without government interference or intimidation. Government attempts to halt solidarity with workers and the poor in other lands will not be tolerated. In directing these attacks, the Obama administration is continuing COINTELPRO-type operations the FBI used in the '60s and '70s to divide the movements and smash dissent.

      There are various conjectures being put forth as to why the Obama
      administration is staging these raids now: to appear tough on terrorism before the Congressional elections; to chill activists before the antiwar demonstrations on October 9-16; or to take attention away from last week's Justice Department admission that the FBI used false claims to mount "counterterror" investigations as a cover for spying and infiltration of activist groups across the country. Whatever the reason, there are definitely steps to be taken to strengthen the message that antiwar and Left forces will not be intimidated and will continue to fight back!

      The FBI is a huge internal spy network that reports to the Justice
      Department and serves the interest of big business. The most effective
      defense against the FBI is to build community support as is being done in Minneapolis and Chicago: protest loudly while exercising the right to refuse to speak to them. If they show up or call, tell them you've nothing to say and tell them to leave you alone. The FBI are not the cops. Short of a search warrant, you have no legal obligation to tell them your name or anything else.

      The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women call on all organizations, activists and friends of free speech to condemn government intimidation, unconstitutional McCarthyite raids, and grand jury inquisitions in the strongest terms possible and to demand that the stolen possessions be returned immediately.

      To join the national movement to stop FBI repression, leave contact
      information at www.antiwarcommittee.org, website of the Twin Cities
      Anti-War Committee.

      Stop the witchhunts and attacks on free speech!
      Return property seized in the raids!
      End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the occupation of Palestine!

      Send protests to:

      Attorney General Eric Holder
      Department of Justice
      950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington DC 20530-0001
      202-514-1057 Main switchboard
      202-353-1555 Comment line

      President Obama
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500
      202-456-1111 Comment line


      Issued by:

      Freedom Socialist Party, U.S. Section
      4710 University Way N.E. #100
      Seattle WA 98105

      Radical Women, U.S. Section
      625 Larkin St. #202
      San Francisco, CA 94109

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