US civil liberties in danger


This video from the USA is called Minneapolis Activist Raid Press Conference 9/24/10 FBI Antiwar Crackdown.

USA: Federal investigators have rescinded grand jury subpoenas issued to antiwar activists whose homes and offices were raided by the FBI. While the government’s intentions are not clear, raid victims doubt the case is over: here.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review the dismissal of a case brought by two people thrown out of a 2005 speech by President Bush for having a “viewpoint contrary to that of the president”: here.

Immigrant Rights Activist, and Former Torture Victim from Chile Faces Deportation: here.

FBI docs raise questions over Paul Wellstone’s death 8 yrs ago this week: here. Read report here.

Tell Justice Dept to Stop FBI Repression of Peace Activists: here.

Recently released reports expose a disturbing trend in the American justice system: the abuse of jail sentences and probation to collect more money in fines for cash-strapped courts: here.

Over 100,000 stop and searches by police across Britain last year failed to yield a single terror-related arrest, the Home Office was forced to admit today: here.

The widespread use of full-body scans at US airports is provoking considerable concern and opposition among both the traveling public and airline personnel: here.

A bizarre incident involving Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has put a spotlight on her activities on behalf of extreme right-wing forces within the political establishment: here.

8 thoughts on “US civil liberties in danger

  1. http://stopfbi.net/2010/10/15/national-call-in-day-october-19/

    NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY, OCTOBER 19

    The 3rd National Call In Day to stop FBI repression and stand in solidarity with anti-war activists targeted by the September 24 FBI raids and Grand Jury subpoenas is this Tuesday, October 19. This is the third group of activists scheduled to appear at the Grand Jury. All of the activists are refusing to testify, so the Assistant U.S. Attorney Brand Fox has withdrawn the subpoenas thus far. The Grand Jury continues however, and arrests, or subpoenas offering immunity forcing activists to talk under the threat of imprisonment are possibilities. We need your support. Please circulate this national call widely.

    >>>Call President Obama at (202)-456-1111 and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at (202)-353-1555

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  2. http://www.counterpunch.org/heyman10182010.html

    October 18, 2010
    Justice for Oscar Grant! Jail for Killer Cops!
    Longshoremen Will Shut Down All Bay Area Ports
    By JACK HEYMAN

    ——–
    “When it comes to killer cops, especially around election time, with both the Democratic and Republican parties espousing law and order, the mainstream media either expunges or whitewashes the issue.”
    ——–

    Emotions ran high when longshoremen at their July membership meeting were addressed by Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, the young black man who was killed by a cop at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on New Year’s Day 2009. Recounting the sidewalk mural in the front of the hiring hall near Fisherman’s Wharf that depicts two strikers lying face down with the inscription: “Two ILA (longshoremen) Shot in the Back, Police Murder”, he appealed to the union to support justice for his slain nephew. He said, “That mural shook me because that’s exactly what happened to Oscar”.

    It got even hotter in the union hall when Jack Bryson took the mike. He is the father of two of Oscar Grant’s friends terrorized by police at the train station as they sat handcuffed and helpless watching their friend die and hearing him moan. Bryson reported that police were calling for a rally the following Monday in the lily-white suburb of Walnut Creek to demanding that Johannes Mehserle the convicted killer cop go free. He asked the union members to join Oscar Grant supporters to protest the cop rally and they did. Outnumbering the 100 or so pro-Mehserle demonstrators by 3 to 1.

    The New Year’s Day horror scene was videotaped by other young train passengers and broadcast on YouTube and TV news across the country. Grant, the father of a four year old girl worked as a butcher’s apprentice at Farmer Joe’s supermarket nearby on Fruitvale Avenue. The litany of police killings of innocent young black and Latino men has evoked a public outcry in California. Yet, when it comes to killer cops, especially around election time, with both the Democratic and Republican parties espousing law and order, the mainstream media either expunges or whitewashes the issue.

    Angered by the pro-police rallies and news coverage calling for killer cop Mehserle’s freedom, Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has called for a labor and community rally October 23rd in Oakland to demand justice for Oscar Grant and the jailing of killer cops. Bay Area ports will shut down that day to stand with the black community and others against the scourge of police brutality.

    Anthony Leviege, a longshore union rally organizer, said “Many unions, including the San Francisco and Alameda Labor Councils, have endorsed and are mobilizing for the rally. They see the need in the current economic crisis to build unity with the community to defend jobs, public education, health care and housing for all. And unions defending black and brown youth against police brutality is fundamental to that unity

    In this race-caste society there’s nothing more controversial than a white cop convicted of killing a young black man like Oscar Grant . . . or of a black man like Mumia Abu-Jamal, framed by a corrupt and racist judicial system, accused of killing a white police officer when the opposite was the case. Jamal was nearly murdered by the police. His “crime” was that he didn’t die on the spot, as Oscar Grant did. Mumia, the Frederick Douglass of our time, exposes the hypocrisy of democracy in America while fighting for his life on death row in Pennsylvania. His possibly final hearing is set for November 9th. Killer cops belong in jail, their victims (those who survive like Mumia) should go free. But that’s not how justice in capitalist America works. The racist heritage of slavery is still with us.

    Despite the election of its first black president, the United States has still not moved beyond the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision, “the negro has no rights which the white man was bound to respect”. Just how deeply racism is embedded in the fabric of American society can be seen in President Obama’s “teachable moment” in the case of Harvard professor Henry Gates (arrested by police for “breaking into” his own home!). The president, a friend of Professor Gates, upon hearing of the bizarre arrest called it a stupidity”. When police loudly objected, Obama quickly and apologetically retracted his characterization over a photo op with the cop, the professor and him over a friendly beer.

    Civil rights activists who were targets of racist attacks used to joke that the KKK wore white at night and blue in the daytime. Killer cop Mehserle was convicted of “involuntary manslaughter”, though the videotapes show him shooting Grant as he lay passively face down about to be handcuffed. The media universally has tainted outraged protesters, blaming them for rioting while favoring Mehserle whose sentencing hearing is set for November 5. During a recent Giants’ baseball game in San Francisco Mehersle’s father was sympathetically interviewed on TV. But where is the justice for Oscar Grant’s family and his now 5 year old daughter?

    LABOR MUST DEFEND MINORITIES AGAINST RACIST POLICE ATTACKS

    The police murder of two strikers provoked the 1934 San Francisco General Strike. Seven maritime workers in all were killed by police in West Coast ports during strike for the union hiring hall. Every July 5, Bloody Thursday, all ports on the West Coast are shut down to honor the labor martyrs. It’s a living legacy that burns deep in the hearts of longshore and other maritime workers.

    Some have asked, what’s the connection between unions and the killing of a young black man? Plenty, according to Richard Washington, an Oakland longshoreman. He recalled the history of the longshore union and its struggle against the favoritism and racism of the “shape-up” hiring system that preceded the union hiring hall. At start of the 1934 S.F. Maritime Strike, Harry Bridges, head of the militant Strike Committee, he said, appealed to the black community. Strikers implored blacks to support the strike and vowed to share work on the waterfront after their victory in the midst of the Great Depression when jobs were scarce, not unlike today. Blacks were integrated on the docks, a shining example being set by the San Francisco longshore local, and the union has been fighting against racist attacks and for working class unity since then.

    A wall mural in the union hiring hall depicts the Red Angel, Elaine Black, of the International Labor Defense (ILD) during the ’34 Big Strike which defended strikers. ILD has a rich history in the radical labor movement, originally headed up by James P. Cannon, an early leading communist. The ILD’s pioneering class struggle defense began with the mass labor demonstrations defending Italian anarchist immigrant workers Sacco and Vanzetti, uniting all of the labor movement regardless of political differences.

    In 2003, at the start of the U.S. war in Iraq, protesters in the port of Oakland and longshoremen were shot by Oakland riot police with “nonlethal” weapons. The UN Human Rights Commission condemned this police attack as “the most violent” police attack on antiwar demonstrators. Then-mayor Jerry Brown, now backed by the police in his bid for California governor, gave cops the green light. The rational for the bloody attack was given by a spokesman for the state’s anti-terrorism agency newly formed by Democrat governor Gray Davis and Attorney General Bill Lockyer. The spokesman for the Callifornia Anti-Terrorism and Information Center in a twisted tautology said that anyone demonstrating against a war against terror could be a terrorist themselves. The OPD attack cost the city of Oakland a couple of million dollars when the dust settled.

    ILWU longshoremen have given up a day’s wages time and again to show solidarity with dockworkers in Liverpool, England, Charleston, South Carolina and Australia and to protest with dock actions on moral issues of the day like apartheid in South Africa, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in defense of innocent death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and recently the Israeli military killing of civilians bringing aid to Gaza by boat.

    Now, the ILWU is calling on unions to link up with community organizations under their banner, “An Injury to One is an Injury to All.” From all accounts it’s a clarion call that will muster thousands fed up with the economic crisis and the scapegoating of minorities.

    Jack Heyman, a working longshoreman, sits on the Executive Board of ILWU Local 10 and the Board of Directors of the John Brown Society. He has been active in all of the union’s struggles mentioned in this article.

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  3. http://www.counterpunch.org/heyman10182010.html

    October 18, 2010

    Justice for Oscar Grant! Jail for Killer Cops!
    Longshoremen Will Shut Down All Bay Area Ports

    By JACK HEYMAN

    ——–
    “When it comes to killer cops, especially around election time, with both the Democratic and Republican parties espousing law and order, the mainstream media either expunges or whitewashes the issue.”
    ——–

    Emotions ran high when longshoremen at their July membership meeting were addressed by Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, the young black man who was killed by a cop at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on New Year’s Day 2009. Recounting the sidewalk mural in the front of the hiring hall near Fisherman’s Wharf that depicts two strikers lying face down with the inscription: “Two ILA (longshoremen) Shot in the Back, Police Murder”, he appealed to the union to support justice for his slain nephew. He said, “That mural shook me because that’s exactly what happened to Oscar”.

    It got even hotter in the union hall when Jack Bryson took the mike. He is the father of two of Oscar Grant’s friends terrorized by police at the train station as they sat handcuffed and helpless watching their friend die and hearing him moan. Bryson reported that police were calling for a rally the following Monday in the lily-white suburb of Walnut Creek to demanding that Johannes Mehserle the convicted killer cop go free. He asked the union members to join Oscar Grant supporters to protest the cop rally and they did. Outnumbering the 100 or so pro-Mehserle demonstrators by 3 to 1.

    The New Year’s Day horror scene was videotaped by other young train passengers and broadcast on YouTube and TV news across the country. Grant, the father of a four year old girl worked as a butcher’s apprentice at Farmer Joe’s supermarket nearby on Fruitvale Avenue. The litany of police killings of innocent young black and Latino men has evoked a public outcry in California. Yet, when it comes to killer cops, especially around election time, with both the Democratic and Republican parties espousing law and order, the mainstream media either expunges or whitewashes the issue.

    Angered by the pro-police rallies and news coverage calling for killer cop Mehserle’s freedom, Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has called for a labor and community rally October 23rd in Oakland to demand justice for Oscar Grant and the jailing of killer cops. Bay Area ports will shut down that day to stand with the black community and others against the scourge of police brutality.

    Anthony Leviege, a longshore union rally organizer, said “Many unions, including the San Francisco and Alameda Labor Councils, have endorsed and are mobilizing for the rally. They see the need in the current economic crisis to build unity with the community to defend jobs, public education, health care and housing for all. And unions defending black and brown youth against police brutality is fundamental to that unity

    In this race-caste society there’s nothing more controversial than a white cop convicted of killing a young black man like Oscar Grant . . . or of a black man like Mumia Abu-Jamal, framed by a corrupt and racist judicial system, accused of killing a white police officer when the opposite was the case. Jamal was nearly murdered by the police. His “crime” was that he didn’t die on the spot, as Oscar Grant did. Mumia, the Frederick Douglass of our time, exposes the hypocrisy of democracy in America while fighting for his life on death row in Pennsylvania. His possibly final hearing is set for November 9th. Killer cops belong in jail, their victims (those who survive like Mumia) should go free. But that’s not how justice in capitalist America works. The racist heritage of slavery is still with us.

    Despite the election of its first black president, the United States has still not moved beyond the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision, “the negro has no rights which the white man was bound to respect”. Just how deeply racism is embedded in the fabric of American society can be seen in President Obama’s “teachable moment” in the case of Harvard professor Henry Gates (arrested by police for “breaking into” his own home!). The president, a friend of Professor Gates, upon hearing of the bizarre arrest called it a stupidity”. When police loudly objected, Obama quickly and apologetically retracted his characterization over a photo op with the cop, the professor and him over a friendly beer.

    Civil rights activists who were targets of racist attacks used to joke that the KKK wore white at night and blue in the daytime. Killer cop Mehserle was convicted of “involuntary manslaughter”, though the videotapes show him shooting Grant as he lay passively face down about to be handcuffed. The media universally has tainted outraged protesters, blaming them for rioting while favoring Mehserle whose sentencing hearing is set for November 5. During a recent Giants’ baseball game in San Francisco Mehersle’s father was sympathetically interviewed on TV. But where is the justice for Oscar Grant’s family and his now 5 year old daughter?

    LABOR MUST DEFEND MINORITIES AGAINST RACIST POLICE ATTACKS

    The police murder of two strikers provoked the 1934 San Francisco General Strike. Seven maritime workers in all were killed by police in West Coast ports during strike for the union hiring hall. Every July 5, Bloody Thursday, all ports on the West Coast are shut down to honor the labor martyrs. It’s a living legacy that burns deep in the hearts of longshore and other maritime workers.

    Some have asked, what’s the connection between unions and the killing of a young black man? Plenty, according to Richard Washington, an Oakland longshoreman. He recalled the history of the longshore union and its struggle against the favoritism and racism of the “shape-up” hiring system that preceded the union hiring hall. At start of the 1934 S.F. Maritime Strike, Harry Bridges, head of the militant Strike Committee, he said, appealed to the black community. Strikers implored blacks to support the strike and vowed to share work on the waterfront after their victory in the midst of the Great Depression when jobs were scarce, not unlike today. Blacks were integrated on the docks, a shining example being set by the San Francisco longshore local, and the union has been fighting against racist attacks and for working class unity since then.

    A wall mural in the union hiring hall depicts the Red Angel, Elaine Black, of the International Labor Defense (ILD) during the ’34 Big Strike which defended strikers. ILD has a rich history in the radical labor movement, originally headed up by James P. Cannon, an early leading communist. The ILD’s pioneering class struggle defense began with the mass labor demonstrations defending Italian anarchist immigrant workers Sacco and Vanzetti, uniting all of the labor movement regardless of political differences.

    In 2003, at the start of the U.S. war in Iraq, protesters in the port of Oakland and longshoremen were shot by Oakland riot police with “nonlethal” weapons. The UN Human Rights Commission condemned this police attack as “the most violent” police attack on antiwar demonstrators. Then-mayor Jerry Brown, now backed by the police in his bid for California governor, gave cops the green light. The rational for the bloody attack was given by a spokesman for the state’s anti-terrorism agency newly formed by Democrat governor Gray Davis and Attorney General Bill Lockyer. The spokesman for the Callifornia Anti-Terrorism and Information Center in a twisted tautology said that anyone demonstrating against a war against terror could be a terrorist themselves. The OPD attack cost the city of Oakland a couple of million dollars when the dust settled.

    ILWU longshoremen have given up a day’s wages time and again to show solidarity with dockworkers in Liverpool, England, Charleston, South Carolina and Australia and to protest with dock actions on moral issues of the day like apartheid in South Africa, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in defense of innocent death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and recently the Israeli military killing of civilians bringing aid to Gaza by boat.

    Now, the ILWU is calling on unions to link up with community organizations under their banner, “An Injury to One is an Injury to All.” From all accounts it’s a clarion call that will muster thousands fed up with the economic crisis and the scapegoating of minorities.

    Jack Heyman, a working longshoreman, sits on the Executive Board of ILWU Local 10 and the Board of Directors of the John Brown Society. He has been active in all of the union’s struggles mentioned in this article.

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  4. http://stopfbi.net/2010/10/20/stopfbi-national-meeting-in-new-york-city-sat-nov-6/

    StopFBI National Meeting in New York City, Sat. Nov. 6

    Posted on October 20, 2010 by Committee to Stop FBI Repression

    ——–
    “For the time being, the FBI continues to harass other anti-war activists at their homes and work places, trying to divide and intimidate. So we need you to remain vigilant, to help us organize, and to work towards a defense that continues to put U.S. war and occupation on trial.”
    ——–

    Dear Friends and Supporters,

    The Committee To Stop FBI Repression is convening a national meeting in New York City on November 6th, 2010, at 6:30 pm. We want to invite all those interested in building the movement against FBI raids and the Grand Jury attempt to criminalize anti-war and international solidarity activists. We have done nothing wrong and we are speaking out and organizing to have the Grand Jury called off. We have a lot of work pressing upon us, and while the attack is bad, it offers our movement an opportunity to unite, strengthen, and grow!

    On September 24th, the FBI raided two homes in Chicago, and five homes in Minneapolis, along with the Anti-War Committee office. Armed and threatening, the FBI turned people’s homes upside down and took their computers, cell phones, documents, newspapers, framed photos and children’s art work. All together fourteen anti-war and international solidarity activists in Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan were subpoenaed to appear before the Grand Jury.

    The anti-war and civil liberties movements responded quickly and with great spirit. Over 60 cities protested, with a report from Springfield, MA, coming in just today. Activists passed out 12,000 fliers at the One Nation rally in Washington D.C. In Minneapolis, more than 500 rallied at the FBI offices in response to the repression. More than 1300 people marched in Chicago against war and repression on October 16th. The national call-in days are flooding the White House receptionists and shutting down Eric Holder’s answering service. The personal appeals targeting politicians and those with power are important. This is all great and leads us to NYC (looking for a space to hold 100 people in Manhattan) on November 6th to get more organized and congeal a leadership that will beat back this attack and others that are coming.

    Here is an important update — each of the fourteen activists subpoenaed to appear signed a letter from the lawyers stating they would NOT testify. The Assistant U.S. Attorney, Brand Fox, told the lawyers he would withdraw the subpoenas, but he would say nothing more. So this is not over yet. The government is not likely to let go. The government has a number of options — more raids, arrests, new subpoenas, or offering immunity to some with the threat of jail if they do not speak. For the time being, the FBI continues to harass other anti-war activists at their homes and work places, trying to divide and intimidate. So we need you to remain vigilant, to help us organize, and to work towards a defense that continues to put U.S. war and occupation on trial.

    Thank you,

    Tom Burke, for the Committee To Stop FBI Repression

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  5. http://www.stopfbi.net/2010/11/17/call-congress-nov-17-and-nov-18-support-stopfbi-delegation-washington-dc

    Call-In to Congress Nov 17 and Nov 18 to Support Stop FBI Delegation in Washington D.C.

    A delegation from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) is in Washington D.C. today, Wednesday, November 17. Joe Iosbaker and Anh Pham, both targets of the FBI raids and Grand Jury repression, and Deb Konechne, who is coordinating, need your help today and tomorrow. The CSFR delegation plans to meet with U.S. Representatives in person to get a Dear Colleague Letter demanding an end to FBI raids and calling off the Grand Jury. While we are focusing on the Progressive Caucus and its 80 plus members (see below), we think that calling any and all the U.S. Representatives is worthwhile in bringing this issue of repression of the anti-war and international solidarity movement to their Washington D.C. offices.

    We are asking you to call your U.S. Representative today and ask:

    1. Please meet face-to-face with today’s delegation from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Give the Representative’s office the delegation’s contact info: Deb Konechne at 651-487-0574 or write to Jess Sundin jess.sundin@gmail.com.

    2. Please initiate and sign a Dear Colleague Letter calling for an end to FBI raids and calling off the Grand Jury against anti-war activists.

    To call your U.S. Representative:

    **Please call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121, give your U.S. House Representative’s name or give your zip code and ask to be connected.

    -Or-

    **Go to http://www.house.gov/ and enter your zip code in the upper left corner where it says “Find Your Representative”. This will link you to the U.S. Representative’s web page, where you can find the Washington D.C. office phone number to call.

    Thank you for calling in an effort to stop the repression of the anti-war and international solidarity movements, Tom Burke, on behalf of the CSFR

    P.S. We are waiting on news about the reactivation of subpoenas.

    Priority Phone Calls For Meetings and the Dear Colleague Letter

    A. We have meetings with the following aides and whatnot, but we want you to call and politely ask for meetings with the U.S. Representative and request they initiate and sign a Dear Colleague Letter. So if you are in their Congressional District please call today!

    1. Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, 202-225-6101, Legislative Director Cindy Buhl, Wednesday at 10:30 AM

    2. Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, 202-225-2111, with aide Isaac Brown, Wednesday, 2:00 PM

    3. Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr., 202-225-5126, meeting with counsel from the Judiciary Committee – Michelle Milben and Elliot Mincberg, Wednesday, 3:00 PM

    4. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, 202-225-4755, Thursday, 9:00 AM

    B. Meetings we are seeking, but we need email requests and phone calls from you, the constituent, asking the U.S. Representative to meet with the delegation from the CSFR.

    1. California Rep. Barbara Lee, 202-225-2661

    2. California Rep. Mike Honda, 202-225-2631

    3. California Rep. Sam Farr, 202-225-2861

    4. Washington Rep. Brian Baird, 202-225-3536

    5. Washington Rep. Jim McDermott, 202-225-3106

    6. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, 202-225-5871

    7. Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush, 202-225-4732

    8. Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., 202-225-0773

    9. Illinois Rep. Phil Hare, 202-225-5905

    10. Illinois Rep. Bill Foster, 202-225-2976

    11. Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, 202-225-2435

    If you can help us to set up a meeting with any U.S. Representative on Wednesday or Thursday, then please email Jess Sundin at jess.sundin@gmail.com asap.

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  6. http://www.stopfbi.net/2010/12/3/fbi-delivers-subpoenas-more-anti-war-solidarity-activists-chicago

    FBI Delivers Subpoenas to More Anti-War, Solidarity Activists in Chicago
    Committee to Stop FBI Repression
    Friday, December 03, 2010

    Contact:

    Maureen Murphy
    630-290-0678

    Joe Iosbaker
    773-301-0109

    FBI Delivers Subpoenas to More Anti-War, Solidarity Activists

    The FBI has informed a lawyer from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) that at least three subpoenas to appear before a Grand Jury have been delivered in the Chicago area.

    Attorney Jim Fennerty confirmed that FBI agent Robert Parker informed him just before 1:00 pm today that the subpoenas were being delivered at that moment.

    This is a continuation of the assault on the anti-war movement that began on September 24th. This case began with 14 subpoenas delivered to anti-war, labor and solidarity activists in coordinated raids that swept the Midwest, involving scores of federal agents. “The FBI is continuing their campaign to intimidate the movement,” stated Joe Iosbaker of the national Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Iosbaker was one of those raided and subpoenaed in September.

    Fennerty is one of the lead NLG attorneys from the legal team for the activists. According to Fennerty, “The new subpoenas are summoning people for grand jury dates. At least one of the three has been told to appear before the grand jury Tuesday, January 25th, in the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago.”

    Three of the original 14 are awaiting new grand jury court dates as well. Iosbaker explained, “If the three women who have been called back — Sara Martin, Tracy Molm and Anh Pham — refuse to take part in the fishing expedition carried on by the U.S. Attorney, they can expect to be cited for contempt and jailed for the life of the grand jury.”

    The Committee to Stop FBI Repression urges supporters to contact U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and condemn the use of the grand jury to repress the anti-war and solidarity movements. Call Patrick J. Fitzgerald at 312-353-5300.

    For more information on the case: http://www.stopfbi.net

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  7. For Immediate Release – 12-21-2010

    U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald Expands Witch Hunt
    –FBI delivers subpoenas to four more anti-war, solidarity activists

    The FBI came unannounced to knock on doors at two apartments in Chicago this morning. FBI agent Robert Parker, under orders from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office, delivered a subpoena to Maureen Murphy. Murphy, like several other individuals served subpoenas, is an organizer with the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago.

    This continues the repression unleashed by Fitzgerald on the anti-war movement since September 24th, when fourteen subpoenas were delivered to anti-war, labor, and solidarity activists in coordinated raids involving more than 70 federal agents. Armed FBI agents raided homes, taking computers, phones, passports, documents, notebooks, and even children’s artwork. A total of 23 subpoenas have been served to activists around the country.

    Maureen Murphy said, “Along with several others, I am being summoned to appear before the Grand Jury on Tuesday, January 25th, in the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. We are being targeted for the work we do to end U.S. funding of the Israeli occupation, ending the war in Afghanistan and ending the occupation of Iraq. What is at stake for all of us is our right to dissent and organize to change harmful US foreign policy.” Ms. Murphy is also the Managing Editor of the widely-read website, The Electronic Intifada.

    In addition, three women in Minneapolis – Tracy Molm, Anh Pham, and Sara Martin – are threatened with reactivated subpoenas by Fitzgerald’s office and new Grand Jury dates. Tom Burke of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression explained, “It is likely the three individuals, like all the others so far, will continue to refuse to take part in Fitzgerald’s witch hunt. Fitzgerald can then call for putting them in jail as long as he wants.”

    For more information: http://www.stopfbi.net
    Contact: Tom Burke, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, 773-844-3612

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