NYT: F.B.I. Searches Antiwar Activists' Homes
- Dear Friends -
Please read this note carefully, and, if you agree with
the thrust of what it's saying, copy and post it to any
other lists where you can. Thanks in advance. The Grand
Jury is being convened in Chicago tomorrow. All the help
we can generate to protest this can only be helpful.
Last week, activists in many US cities joined in public
protests against FBI raids targetting anti-war activists
in several mid-western cities. I joined something like
100 people here at the Federal Building in downtown L.A.
on Tuesday evening, along with a broad representation of
left activists. Here's a report from that demonstration:
This extremely important story has been largely, but not
entirely blanked out of the national media. Amy Goodman
covered it in an extensive way on DEMOCRACY NOW, and the
left and alternative press has given good coverage, but
the dominant corporate media has given it minimal play.
Though people who are active specifically around Cuba
weren't targeted THIS time, we must always keep in mind
that Washington, which has sponsored or turned a blind
eye to terrorist attacks against Cuba, has characterized
Cuba as a "state sponsor of terrorism". This has a wide
array of consequences, not least of which is that anyone
who wishes to bring about normalization of US relations
with Cuba, and end to the US blockade, or takes a stand
politically in favor of the Cuban Revolution could be
targeted just as were the folks in the Mid-West. They
have had their homes invaded, their property seized, and
been called before the grand jury tomorrow in Chicago.
Fidel Castro has been writing about Colombia and about
the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in
recent years, and most recently just a few days ago.
Recall the recent Colombian government attack on a key
FARC base, which resulted in the death of its military
commander. President Obama publicly congratulated the
Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, for a job well
Thus the timing of these raids, at a time when protest
against US foreign policy is urgently needed, underscores
the importance of the right to protest here in the United
States. Similarly, the removal of Piedad Cordoba from her
Colombian Senate seat, BANNED FROM OFFICE FOR EIGHTEEN
YEARS, though no criminal charges have been filed against
her, should help everyone to understand the importance of
democratic rights broadly. Her constituents have thus been
denied political representation, just by decision of some
official of the Colombian government.
Fidel Castro: Piedad Cordoba and Her Fight for Peace
PRI'S "THE WORLD: Colombian senator "collaborated" with FARC
By The World ⋅ October 4, 2010
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression, uniting diverse
voices opposed to the raids and the threats to the civil
liberties of all, has been formed and has called a range
of actions demanding and end to the attacks. Several items
will follow this one. All make essentially the same point:
An injury to one is an injury to all. Stop the raids, end
the repression, and file no charges. It's not illegal to
protests US foreign policy. While the US government says
it's trying to bring democracy to the world, it's actively
working to thwart the expression of democratic rights here
in these United States of America.
When I called the White House, I spoke, after a very short
wait, with a volunteer who said she would take my comment,
but not my name, and see to it that the President receives
notice of the expression of opinion. Let's hope many call.
The Grand Jury convenes in Chicago tomorrow, so the more
who call, the more can public opposition be made manifest.
This could help press the government to draw back.
Los Angeles, California
THE NEW YORK TIMES
September 24, 2010
F.B.I. Searches Antiwar Activists' Homes
By COLIN MOYNIHAN
F.B.I. agents executed search warrants Friday in Minneapolis and Chicago in connection to an investigation of support of terror organizations.
The searches in Minneapolis took place early in the morning at the homes of people who have helped organize demonstrations against the war in Iraq and protests held two years ago during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
"It is rather patently political," said Ted Dooley, a lawyer who represents Mick Kelly, a food service worker at the University of Minnesota and one of those whose homes was searched. "My client denies any wrongdoing."
Steve Warfield, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Minneapolis, said the agents executed six warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago.
"They were seeking evidence related to an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation," Mr. Warfield said. "They are looking at activities connected to the material support of terrorism."
He said no one in Minneapolis had been arrested while the warrants were executed. He added that agents in Michigan and North Carolina had also questioned people in connection with the investigation.
Mr. Dooley said the F.B.I. broke down Mr. Kelly’s door around 7 a.m. and gave a search warrant to his companion. The warrant said agents were gathering evidence related to people "providing, attempting and conspiring to provide material support" to terrorist organizations, and listed Hezbollah, the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
The warrant also authorized the agents to look for information connected to the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and to unnamed "co-conspirators" and allowed them to seize items including electronics, photographs, address books and letters.
Mr. Kelly is known in Minnesota as a prominent organizer of the Anti-War Committee, a group that has protested United States military aid to Colombia and called for the removal of American soldiers from Afghanistan.
During the Republican gathering in 2008 he was a primary organizer of a march that drew thousands of participants.
Mr. Kelly was also served with a summons to appear before a grand jury on Oct. 19 in Chicago. The order directed him to bring along pictures or videos related to any trip to Colombia, Jordan, Syria, the Palestinian territories or Israel, as well as correspondence with anyone in those places.
Jess Sundin, another member of the Anti-War Committee whose home was searched, said a warrant also was executed at the group's office. She said she had not done anything to help terror groups.
"I’ve protested the government's policies and spoken out and tried to educate people in my community," Ms. Sundin said. "That is the extent of what Ive done."
Los Angeles, California
"Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"