WHAT WAS THE FBI REALLY UP TO
WHEN THEY RAIDED MICK KELLY'S
APARTMENT LAST SEPTEMBER?

By: S.R. Shearer


PREFACE

The FBI raids against Mick Kelly and 23 others in Minneapolis and elsewhere around the country last September represent an ominous expansion of the government's effort to suppress all those who in any way dissent from the policies of the American super-state. It opens up a path that the elites can eventually use against Christians who oppose the alliance the church has made with the American New World Order System. It sets an ominous precedent. [Please see our article, "Crossing the Rubicon."]

For the present, these tactics are being exercised against those whom most Americans — especially American Christians - "don't give a damn about:" socialists, pro-Palestinian activists, Muslims, so-called "illegal immigrants," etc.

But things have a way of escalating: Milton Mayer, a well-known essayist, describes a similar escalation of surveillance and control sixty years ago in the gathering storm of German fascism. [Please see our article, "What Is fascism, and What Is Its Connection to the United States."]

Mayer interviewed a German philologist who explained the process in terms that many might find familiar:

"What happened was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to be governed by surprise, to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believe that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security ... The separation of government from the people, this widening gap, took place so gradually and insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter ... Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, 'regretted' that, unless one were to detach from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these 'little measures' that no 'patriotic German' could resist must some day lead to, ONE NO MORE SAW IT DEVELOPING FROM DAY TO DAY THAN A FARMER IN HIS FIELD SEES THE CORN GROWING ..."

Martin Mayer and his book, They Thought They were Free.

Niemöller

Many years afterwards, Martin Niemöller expressed what happened in this well-known lyric:

"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

"THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

"THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

"THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."

Mordecai Specktor

Mordecai Specktor, the editor of the Jewish World, warns:

"Jews should take no satisfaction from the fact that pro-Palestinian solidarity activists are being subjected to this treatment by the FBI. This is the scheme of things right now; but if our First Amendment rights are whittled away to nothing, who can say that at some point, in a future Orwellian version of America, gathering to support Israel will not be declared out of bounds?"

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INTRODUCTION

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:

"Obstructing legal process. Disorderly conduct. Unlawful assembly. Such arrests are occupational hazards for a man who has spent a lifetime protesting actions he sees as unfair, laws he views as unjust, and wars he considers immoral.

"But Friday's raid of his home has put local activist Mick Kelly, 53, on the radar for allegations far more serious. According to the search warrant, FBI agents were looking for evidence that local peace activists are supporting foreign terrorist groups."

In other words, the FBI was attempting to silence Kelly and other peace activists by tying them to foreign radicals and prosecuting them as a TERRORISTS. Specktor (see above) wrote shortly after the raids,

"Applying the rubric of 'terrorism' to the exercise of rights that most people take as protected by the First Amendment represents a dangerous trend. The FBI raids last week in Minneapolis appear to be a further attempt by the federal government, and law enforcement at all levels, to conflate homegrown dissenters with terrorists. The "war on terror" apparently has come to roost in our domestic political culture."

SUBPOENAS SERVED

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.

NOTE: A grand jury is a secret inquiry, where prosecutors can badger witnesses with no defense attorney or judge to intervene. The jury, after hearing this biased proceeding, usually decides what prosecutors want. These are the kinds of methodologies the government used to intimidate its opponents during the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s.

RAIDS MEANT TO INTIMIDATE
ACTIVISTS OF ALL STRIPES

Meanwhile, the FBI is continuing its efforts to harass other activists, including visits to worksites. Indeed, since the original 14 were issued subpoenas, an additional 9 more have been added to the list, bringing the total to 23.

It should also be noted in this connection that the FBI has evinced no concern about the efforts of their "targets" to appeal to the judiciary for relief from the tactics the FBI has been employing against them — all this despite the fact that many of those who have been targeted by the FBI have recently won law suits against the agency and its affiliated police organizations.

IT SEEMS THAT THE FBI HAS NO REAL REGARD FOR THE JUDICIARY. IT WILL DO WHAT IT PLEASES AND THE COURTS CAN "LUMP IT" IF THEY DON'T LIKE IT. Plainly, America's intelligence agencies are out of control. [Please see our article, "Are US Presidents Afraid of the CIA?"]

Journalist Linda Averill writes:

"War on terror? Nope, it's a war on dissent, as the feds raid anti-war groups' offices and homes last September and opened a grand jury witch hunt."

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."]

Averill continues:

"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

Obviously, by including FRSO - which is nothing more than a DOMESTIC, HOME-GROWN, LEFTIST organization advocating for a socialist state - the government hopes to widen those it is able to target beyond Muslim groups to include ALL groups that — for whatever reason — are speaking out against the policies of the American New World Order System. The FRSO is being used as a "stalking horse" by the FBI.

Averill explains:

"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 ..."

FBI PURPOSE UNVEILED FOR ALL TO SEE

Linden Gawboy

Naturally enough, the FBI has been doing everything it can to hide its real purpose; but despite these efforts the actual purpose behind the September raids in Minnesota was exposed in a strange — and ironic - twist of events: Linden Gawboy, one of the nine whose dwellings were broken into by the FBI, found a cache of government documents in a filing cabinet the FBI had returned to her several weeks after seizing it during the original raid.

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."

SPECIFIC TACTICS THE US IS
USING AGAINST DISSIDENTS

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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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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