When the FBI broke into the home of Mick Kelly in Minneapolis last September 24th, it was only the most recent of many attempts over the years by the FBI to intimidate and silence him and those like him who dare to speak out openly and publicly against the American super-state. [Please see our recent article, "Activists Decry Probe."]
But the effort last September represented something new, as freelance journalist James Walsh reports:
As a result of the Minnesota raids, agents served grand jury subpoenas on 14 people in Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan.
But on Oct. 5 - rather than testify - those who had been served with subpoenas mounted public "Speakouts!" Moreover, in an impressive display of solidarity, all 14 refused to participate in the grand jury, where witnesses would be forced to name associates, including opponents of the U.S.-backed regime in Colombia that all 14 had at one time or another supported. This could get the opponents of America's Colombian puppet regime killed. [Please see our article on what's happening in Colombia, "Colombia: America's New Vietnam."]
The government now has several options: more raids, arrests, subpoenas, or jail time to compel grand jury testimony.
RAIDS MEANT TO INTIMIDATE
FBI Witch hunt: we remember the witch hunt the FBI launched against Martin Luther King. [Please see our article on the King witch hunt, "Now Is the Time to Do Something."]
"Why these activists? Federal raids have mostly gone after [foreign (Muslim)] individuals, usually immigrants and foreign-focused charity organizations. It is a disturbing escalation — i.e., the fact that the Sept. 24 broadside targeted a leftist, U.S. group, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). Warrants served demanded documents showing "the recruitment, indoctrination, and facilitation of other individuals in the U.S. to join Freedom Road Socialist Organization ..."
FBI: Intimidating those who dissent against the American New World Order System
"In pursuing the FRSO, allies are dragged into the net, including the Minneapolis Antiwar Coalition, Colombia Action Network, Students for a Democratic Society ..."
"The purpose? To silence anti-war dissent and criticism of regimes that the U.S. funds ..."
Gawboy revealed the contents of the cache to the public during a crowded meeting of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) in Minneapolis on April 30th. The documents included interrogation questions for agents to use on activists and details of the weaponry used for the Sept. 24, 2010 raid.
Gawboy told the audience,
"I was trying to stash some data-entered CSFR pledges [in the filing cabinet I had received back from the FBI], shoving the folders back to make room and I saw the cache sticking out."
NOTE: During the raids, agents went through activists' papers, confiscating many papers and returning the rest to boxes and filing cabinets. Apparently, the FBI documents were mixed in with Gawboy's personal papers as they were 're-filed' by the FBI.
The documents informed the FBI SWAT team that their September mission to the Kelly/Gawboy home was "dangerous." According to the documents,
"FBI agents were told to bring assault rifles, machine guns and two extra clips of ammunition for each of their side arms. Two paramedics were to stand by in the event of causalities."
Actual picture of FBI agents preparing to raid the home of Meredith Aby.
The Anti-War Committee's Meredith Aby drew chuckles when she said, "The portrayal of Mick as an action movie villain is absurd" — Kelly and the other anti-war activists don't own guns and never have owned guns; but the tone quickly grew serious as Aby stressed that the agents were ready to hurt and kill people. Indeed, when Aby's home was raided in September 2010, her 18-month baby was asleep in her crib.
According to Jess Sundin,
"None of this is about 'material support of terrorism,' as any normal person would understand it. None of us have ever given money or arms to any of the groups on the government's list. Instead, this about criminalizing anti-war and international solidarity activists for practicing our rights to speak out and organize."
Jess Sundin, of the Anti-War Committee said,
"The documents confirm what I have been saying since Sept. 24 about this case: I am being targeted for who I know and what I believe, specifically for my work in solidarity with Colombia, work that has always been open, public and legal." [Again, please see our article on what's happening in Colombia, "Colombia: America's New Vietnam."]
The CSFR says that the documents show —
"... a willful disregard for the rights of anti-war and international solidarity activists — particularly the first amendment rights to freedom of speech and association."
NOTE: Some of the groups that Gawboy, Kelly and the other 21 people who were subpoenaed by the Federal Grand Jury have in the past supported FARC (as we have already indicated) and groups associated with the 1980s struggle against apartheid in South Africa. [Please see our article on the FARC, "Colombia: America's New Vietnam."]
Kelly stated the obvious:
"The reality is, the U.S. is intervening everywhere and has created an empire. As a result, all over the world, folks are dissatisfied and I am, too," he said. "I am speaking out for the right of people to determine their own destiny. I suspect that has something to do with why I am in the predicament I am in today."
In a recent report by the National Lawyers Guild called, "The Policing of Political Speech: Constraints on Mass Dissent in the U.S," Heidi Boghosian lists the many ways the government is using today to silence dissent in the United States:
Falsely labeling protest rhetoric and political hyperbole as "true threats" to justify aggressive policing and prosecution.
Using grand juries to harass political activists by imprisoning them, without specific criminal charges, for noncooperation with government investigations.
Prosecuting leaders and those providing support to activists, often before or during events.
Labeling, and stigmatizing, activists as "domestic terrorists."
False statements by police, and laws prohibiting the photographing of police.
Preemptive actions by police in the absence of illegal activity.
Repression based on "evidence" fabricated by the police.
Police-initiated violence and abusive use of less-lethal munitions against civilians.
Negative media coverage.
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