FBI terrorising Anti-war activists
06-03-2011, 10:09 PM
FBI terrorising Anti-war activists
sunday i read a piece at silver lake jubilee about the fbi & cops smashing down my neighbor's door, arresting him and trashing his house (he started latinos against the war). yesterday somebody in camouflage with a pistol came to my door and bugged my daughter about where were her parents and what did they know about the neighbor.
“Around 4:30 am a loudspeaker blared THIS IS THE SHERIFF’S SPECIAL WEAPONS UNIT. WE HAVE A SEARCH WARRANT. [Neighbor's Name]COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR. RESIDENTS AT [Number] WAVERLY COME OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR. WE HAVE A WARRANT TO SEARCH THE RESIDENCE. [Neighbor's Name] COME OUT OF THE HOUSE. Repeatedly. For nearly half an hour. Then they smashed in the front door. Fallujah-style, helmeted men in full armor poured in and through the rooms, sighting through their raised rifles, flashlights slicing the dark kitchen, living room, up the staircase, the upstairs bedroom. Their military silhouettes providing cover for one another, precisely, all their movements visible through the large panoramic windows. For a long time they cased the rooms, entered the garage, pulled over boxes from shelves, searched the car. They relaxed, stood about, rifles pointed down. The commandos left, uniformed sheriffs officers milled about. As dawn arrived, unmarked sedans pulled up, greying men in plainclothes entered the house for their own inspections. Activity diminished, when I left for work two Alhambra patrol cars were parked in the alley and our neighbor’s house was ripped open.”
Our neighbor is an activist. His daughter came later to close up the house.
This AP article of May 18, 2011 explains in part why my neighbor was arrested (the article explains how the FBI left documents behind in one of the houses it raided which outline its anti-democratic stupid plans to attack these activists), though it doesn’t of course explain U.S. imperialism or the capitalist need for constant war:
Activists decry probe revealed by found FBI papers
Long-time anti-war activist Mick Kelly talks about FBI documents left behind in a raid last September on his home in Minneapolis after raids on several anti-war activists, including Jess Sundin, right, during a news conference Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo – Jim Mone)
From Associated Press
May 18, 2011 7:45 PM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Meredith Aby met with members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2006, she asked what it would take to get them to stop fighting. Jess Sundin did the same during her trip to Colombia 11 years ago.
They returned and openly wrote and spoke about their experiences, while criticizing the U.S. government’s involvement in that country.
FBI documents recently found by the anti-war activists suggest the trips may have started an investigation into apparent connections between local activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East. One document says the probe expanded to include 16 people in six states.
“I believe those types of reports and public speaking that I did is what has landed me in the heart of this investigation,” Aby said Wednesday.
Since Sept. 23, people in Minneapolis, Chicago and Grand Rapids, Mich., have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in Illinois. Sundin said FBI agents searched the Los Angeles home of another activist Tuesday. The FBI in Los Angeles did not immediately confirm that account.
Authorities haven’t revealed the targets of the investigation or its exact nature, other than to say it involves activities concerning the material support of terrorism.
No one has been charged. None of the activists have testified before the grand jury.
The documents were found at the Minneapolis home of longtime anti-war activist Mick Kelly on April 30 and given to The Associated Press this week. Kelly’s home was among those raided by the FBI in September.
Kelly said agents went through thousands of files at his house, emptied drawers and cabinets and took away boxes of materials. When his partner was recently looking through a file cabinet, she came across the FBI documents, Kelly said.
FBI spokesman Steve Warfield said most of the papers appeared to be legitimate FBI documents and were left behind by mistake.
The activists condemn the raids and subpoenas as harassment and an attempt to stifle their rights to free speech and assembly. They have held several news conferences and rallies in protest.
Sundin said the group chose to release the documents because they provide a glimpse into the origins of the investigation. Subpoenas have only hinted at the sort of evidence authorities were seeking.
“This is the first confirmation we have of what the government is thinking, where this investigation began and how it expanded outward,” Sundin said.
Bruce Nestor, an attorney representing some of the activists, said “it’s clear that this investigation was initiated without evidence of criminal activity.”
Warfield had no additional comment. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, also had no comment.
The documents, which are not labeled as classified, suggest that activists’ involvement with people in Colombia sparked the investigation.
“The captioned case was initially predicated on the activities of Meredith Aby and Jessica Rae Sundin in support of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a U.S. State Department designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO), to include their previous travel to FARC-controlled territory,” one document says. “Since opening the original investigations, an additional 16 Subjects in six FBI Field Divisions have been identified.”
The document goes on to say that people in the Minneapolis, Chicago, Phoenix, Detroit, Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C., divisions have “provided and/or conspired to provide material support to the FARC and/or the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, also a U.S. State Department designated FTO.”
Sundin said her trip to Colombia did not involve passing money or weapons to FARC, but visiting the people and understanding some of their demands.
At the time, FARC was negotiating with the Colombian government. Sundin said she took a Columbia military plane to a small, demilitarized town where peace talks were being held. She said people traveled to the area by busload.
“It obviously wasn’t illegal in Colombia to travel there, and I wrote about it when I got back,” she said. “It wasn’t a secret trip. … (The document) says they are looking into our travel. I don’t understand why that should be a basis for investigation of criminal activity. It shouldn’t be.”
Aby said she went to Colombia in 2004 and 2006 to meet with people affected by war. On her second trip, she had the opportunity to meet with people in FARC and discuss what it would take to bring peace.
“It has enriched my activism and my ability to really be an expert in the anti-war movement in Colombia, and I don’t think it should be used as probable cause for an investigation of me,” she said.
The documents given to the AP also include a strategic plan for the FBI’s raid, a subpoena, and a list of questions that agents would presumably use in an interview. Warfield could not immediately verify that the questions — which were typed and not on an official law enforcement document — were from the FBI.
The subpoena, which was made public previously, orders Kelly to appear before a grand jury and bring information relating to any trips to Colombia, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria or Israel. It also commands him to bring records relating to the Middle East and Colombia.
One document labeled Kelly as “dangerous” and said he had weapons in his house. It noted several agents were involved in the raid and gives detail about the weapons and ammunition they carried. Kelly said he has a rifle and a handgun, and both are legal and were not seized.
The document also says Kelly has offered to provide weapons training to other activists, which Kelly said was untrue.
The activists also took issue with the list of over 100 questions in the documents. The top of the list says the questions “pertain to a terrorism investigation.” Many deal with activities of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, to which Kelly and Sundin both belong.
The group, named in several warrants, shares the Marxist ideologies of FARC and PFLP. Two groups use the name. Kelly and Sundin have said their Freedom Road is smaller, and Kelly edits its newspaper.
When it comes to the interview questions, Sundin said: “The overall impression is, ‘Who do you know and what do you believe?’ And all along I’ve been saying I feel like that’s what this case is all about.”
from the website of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression
FBI and LA County Sheriff raid veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes
Published on Thu, 2011-05-19 14:49
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
door smashed in by SWAT teamOn May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM the SWAT Team of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and members of the FBI raided the home of Carlos Montes, a long time Chicano activist and active member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. The SWAT Team smashed the front door and rushed in with automatic weapons as Carlos slept. The team of Sheriffs and FBI proceeded to ransack his house, taking his computer, cell phones and hundreds of documents, photos, diskettes and mementos of his current political activities in the pro-immigrant rights and Chicano civil rights movement. Also taken were hundreds of historical documents related to Carlos Montes’ involvement in the Chicano movement for the past 44 years.
Carlos was arrested on one charge dealing with a firearm code and released on bail the following morning. His first court appearance is set for June 16, 2011.
This attack on Carlos Montes is part of the campaign of FBI harassment taking place against the 23 peace and justice activists which has until now been centered in the Midwest. Carlos Montes’ name was listed on the subpoena left in the office of the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee last September 24. When Carlos Montes was placed in the LA County Sheriff's car, an FBI agent approached and asked him questions about the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Carlos Montes has done nothing wrong. This is an attack on him and an attack on the Chicano movement for equality. Carlos has been involved and a committed leader in the immigrant rights, anti war, solidarity, and quality education movements his whole adult life.
Stop the Attacks on the Chicano and Immigrants Rights Movement!
We demand all charges be dropped against Carlos Montes. We call for the immediate return of all his property.
Please call and write US Attorney General Eric Holder (202) 353-1555 and demand Hands Off Carlos Montes and other activists.
Join the LA Committee Against FBI Repression on May 24, 2011, at 7 PM to hear first hand about this attack and discuss the FBI repression targeting political activists and movements. The program will take place at F Square Printing, 519 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.
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