Seattle anarchists imprisoned for
refusing to testify before a grand jury

By Michael Stapleton

State-sanctioned police violence and the indefinite detention of ordinary citizens for protesting against the government have become endemic in the United States [Please see our article, "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War against the Poor;" please also see our article, "The corporate-state plot to destroy Occupy."]


PREFACE

The effort by the government to shut down protests in this country should be enough to scare the sh-t out of anyone who wants to stand up against the American New World Order System and the impious alliance the church has made with this evil entity; it's a foretaste of things to come should a military dictatorship ever be imposed on the country by the elites, the Military and the Religious Right. NEVERTHELESS --

-- Antipas


-- we URGE you to take a stand against what's happening today, especially as it relates to the shameful alliance that today's American church has made with the American Empire; have the courage of Sophie Scholl: Pass out our flyer, leave it in libraries, affix it to trees and posts, put it on the windshields of cars, especially those in church parking lots.

Sophie Scholl

IT SEEMS MORE OFTEN THAN WE CARE TO ADMIT THAT
WOMEN POSSESS MORE CHRISTIAN COURAGE THAN DO MEN

-- S.R. Shearer

At the age of 21 Sophie was executed by guillotine after being convicted of high treason. Her crime was publishing some anti-war leaflets that were printed by the White Rose (a non-violent resistance group that encouraged people to passively resist the Nazis) in 1943 at Munich University. Eventually a copy of the leaflet made it out of Germany and millions of copies were made and then dropped by plane over parts of Germany. Its was re-entitled The Manifesto of Munich Students.

Do you possess the courage that Sophie possessed? ARE YOU WILLING TO DOWN LOAD OUR FLYER AND PASS IT OUT? [Please see our article, "We Are Your Conscience: The White Rose Society."]

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Three witnesses in a grand jury investigation into acts of vandalism during May Day protests in Seattle last year remain incarcerated for refusing to answer questions about the political activities of people they know. None of the three—Matthew Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Matthew Pfeiffer—are accused of participating in any criminal act.

From left to right: Matthew Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Matthew Pfeiffer.

These are the kind of "political protesters" that the elites believe endanger their position atop the economic pyramid.

Plante outside her home

Judge Richard Jones ordered the confinement of Duran on September 14, Olejnik on September 27, and Pfeiffer on December 26, 2012, all for civil contempt of court. The judge also imprisoned Leah-Lynn Plante on October 10, 2012.

The imprisonment took place following government raids in July against individuals involved in Occupy protests around May Day. Among other items, the agents sought "anti-government literature or material," seizing the material as supposed evidence of "domestic terrorism"—essentially criminalizing political opinions. The FBI monitored the May Day events as part of a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) operation.

Olejnik told a reporter for the Seattle newspaper The Stranger that she was only asked four questions about the events on May Day, of which she had no knowledge. Then the prosecutor showed her pictures of people and questioned her about their social contacts and political opinions. She refused to answer because, she said,

"I truly believe that people have the right to believe whatever they want politically. And it's none of the government's business."

When Plante also refused to answer the federal prosecutor's questions, Judge Jones told her, "You hold the keys to your freedom" and that she could be released if she would "exercise [her] right to provide testimony." The judge reminded Plante that she could remain in custody until the expiration of the grand jury's term, which is not until March 2014. In addition, there is the possibility of criminal contempt charges, which could extend the confinement period longer.

My beloved wife Lucy - six weeks after her last heart attack - carrying our sign near a police road block in Seattle, "THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT + THE BUSINESS RIGHT + THE POLITICAL RIGHT = AN ALLIANCE MADE IN HELL." As our sign suggests, we are not so much protesting against the government per se (what else can one expect but brutality from those who represent the greed and avarice of the 1%); what we are protesting is the alliance the leaders of the American church have made with the 1%.

Olejnik and Duran were initially placed in solitary confinement at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle, a maneuver their attorneys say is unusual. They were released from solitary confinement after a short time, only to be placed there again without explanation a few days after Christmas. Olejnik described solitary confinement as "intense psychological torture" in the article that appeared in The Stranger, shortly before SeaTac decided to return her there.

Olejnik and Duran were initially placed in solitary confinement at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle

Legally, the court justifies confinement by claiming that Duran, Olejnik, and Pfeiffer have no Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because the federal government has granted them immunity from prosecution. The real purpose of the confinement, however, is to intimidate any opposition to the political establishment and to test the machinery for repression. The single defendant convicted for acts arising out of the May Day events served just over a month in prison for causing damage to courthouse doors.

NOTE: The reason that Duran, Olejnik and Pfeiffer have not been charged with any crime per se is to facilitate the effort by the government to have them "RAT-OUT" their colleagues and friends in the protest movement.

If the government had charged them, the four of them could have asserted their claim TO REMAIN SILENT under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the government would have been forced to release them.

The government skirts this right by NOT CHARGING them with any crime, and then hauling them before a Grand Jury. If they then refuse to "RAT-OUT" their friends, they can be imprisoned until they do.

Technically, they will have to be released after the term of the Grand Jury runs out – which in the case of Duran, Olejnik and Pfeiffer is April of 2014. But then all the government has to do to keep them in prison is impanel a new Grand Jury, haul them before it, and when they again refuse to testify, lock them up again. WHAT THIS MEANS, OF COURSE, IS THAT PROTESTERS CAN BE LOCKED UP INDEFINITELY.

The May Day raids in Washington and Oregon followed a series of actions carried out by the government targeting political opponents under the rubric of "domestic terrorism." In September 2010, the homes of the Anti-War Committee were raided, with 23 individuals brought to testify before grand juries. In May of 2012, individuals involved in anti-NATO protests in Chicago were arrested on trumped-up "terror" charges.

Documents obtained in December 2012 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Partnership for Public Justice Fund reveal that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security worked with private corporations across the country to mount a response to growing protest movements, such as Occupy Wall Street. [Please also see our article, "The corporate-state plot to destroy Occupy."]

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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries


NOTE TO READERS

We have decided to "off-put" our leaving the country in the hope that by staying we can persuade Christians here to take the kind of stand that Sophie Scholl and the White Rose took in Germany against the Hitler regime. WE ASK YOU TO JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT - have the courage of Sophie Scholl: Pass out flyer, leave it in libraries, affix it to trees and posts, put it on the windshields of cars, especially those in church parking lots.

Sophie Scholl

IT SEEMS MORE OFTEN THAN WE CARE TO ADMIT THAT
WOMEN POSSESS MORE CHRISTIAN COURAGE THAN DO MEN

-- S.R. Shearer

At the age of 21 Sophie was executed by guillotine after being convicted of high treason. Her crime was publishing some anti-war leaflets that were printed by the White Rose (a non-violent resistance group that encouraged people to passively resist the Nazis) in 1943 at Munich University. Eventually a copy of the leaflet made it out of Germany and millions of copies were made and then dropped by plane over parts of Germany. Its was re-entitled The Manifesto of Munich Students.

Do you possess the courage that Sophie possessed? ARE YOU WILLING TO DOWN LOAD OUR FLYER AND PASS IT OUT? [Please see our article, "We Are Your Conscience: The White Rose Society."]

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