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FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists’ Homes


The FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of “raids” against the homes of antiwar activists, claiming that they are “seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”

So far there do not appear to have been any arrests related to the raids nor, according to FBI spokesman Steve Warfield, are there any expected. He also insisted that there was “no imminent threat” related to the antiwar organization targeted.

The warrant against antiwar activist Mick Kelly’s home cited efforts to look into his ability to “pay for his own travel” to Palestine and Colombia and appeared to have been little more than a fishing expedition looking for possible links to “foreign terrorist organizations including but not limited to FARC, PFLP, and Hezbollah.” Kelly insists that the raids were about harassing antiwar organizers.

Officials said they were related to a Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation. The JTTF in Minneapolis has a long history of heavy-handed investigations against protest groups, including an attempt in 2008 to infiltrate a vegan potluck.

Most of the raids were conducted in Minneapolis and were related to antiwar leaders in that city. Other raids were also reported in Chicago, Michigan, and North Carolina. Many of the homes targeted in Minneapolis were related to the “Freedom Road Socialist Organization” (FRSO) but this does not appear to have been the only group targeted.

According to Reuters, Chicago antiwar activist (and longtime gay rights activist) Andy Thayer was also targeted, which he attributed to “solidarity work, for speaking out on the issues of the day.”

The FRSO in question (one of two groups which split  in 1999 and both use the name) describes itself as a Marxist-Leninist group and is related to Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).


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Comment by Ed Price
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See? It's always the people who cause Government to become terrorists.

Comment by Ross Wolf
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Under J. Edgar Hoover in 1956 U.S. Government established COINTELPRO, the domestic (counter intelligence program) to harass lawful American activists. Government agents blatantly infiltrated lawful groups because they exercised their Constitutional right to speak out; then spread lies, framed Citizens, coerced, blackmailed, stole and falsified reports—violating countless laws. Some activists allegedly retaliated, breaking into the FBI office, removing secret files that exposed COINTELPRO then shared that information with the media. Despite the FBI claims that COINTELPRO no longer exists, it is believed but not confirmed it still operates under different names and among its assets are over eighty fusions centers, highly dependent on local informants for information.


According to this article, the FBI recently confirmed it is facilitating “raids” against the homes of antiwar activists, claiming they are “seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.” While most Americans have no sympathy for anti war activists that support terrorism or communist organizations, it is important to consider whether the FBI is executing raids with sufficient probable cause, otherwise any American could be selectively targeted to have their home taken apart by the FBI. What constitutes “material support” of terrorism? If you don’t believe that should concern you, consider the following:


The FBI recently asked for the power to obtain without warrants, Citizens’ “electronic communication transactional records” including email addresses they used to send communications. If the FBI’s request for (no warrant) Internet surveillance is granted, Americans to avoid federal conspiracy charges, may have to report to police (emails) received receive that might allude to anything illegal; that is because the FBI would not need a warrant to introduce emails into court as evidence.  Similarly East German Citizens to avoid being arrested for support of criminal, subversive or terrorist activities had to report most every suspicious communication, turning ordinary Citizens into informants; undercover East German Stasi police would often in a social setting, tell East Germans Citizens something illegal; if the Citizen didn’t report it, he or she was arrested. East Germans were afraid to voice an opinion or talk to strangers.


The FBI request for no warrant Internet surveillance can’t be viewed separately: because if pending bills in Congress pass, the FBI will have the power to use warrant-less Internet surveillance to arrest and indefinitely detain Americans on (mere suspicion) not evidence, based on someone’s Internet Activity e.g. emails. Private information the FBI derives from warrant-less searches of emails and Internet Activity—including social websites and non-internet sources (informants) may be used by U.S. Government to target and arrest anyone based on mere suspicion. If COINTELPRO is any guide that would include government harassment, prosecution, blackmail or civil asset forfeiture that requires only a preponderance of civil evidence, little more than hearsay, perhaps because someone questioned or lawfully opposed a government policy.


Government can now use National Security Letters (NLS) to target’s someone’s clients, scaring off their customers and business associations, making it impossible to make a living; whether that was government’s intention that is often the result. It is problematic in the future, Citizens' lawful Internet Activity will be used by U.S. Government to detain and arrest Americans without probable cause? On March 4, 2010, Sen. McCain introduced The “Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010.” McCain’s bill would eliminate several Constitutional protections allowing Government to arbitrarily pick up Americans on mere suspicion—with no probable cause. Under McCain’s bill, your political opinions, statements made on web postings, on the phone and in emails against U.S. Government and others could be used by authorities to deem you a “hostile” “Enemy Belligerent” to cause your arrest and indefinite detention.


U.S. activists and individuals under McCain’s bill would be extremely vulnerable to indefinite detention and prosecution, without right to legal counsel if (charged with only suspicion) of “intentionally or materially providing support to hostilities or an Act of Terrorism”, for example American activists can’t control what other activists might do illegally—they network by email or phone domestically and overseas. U.S. Government under McCain’s bill would need only allege that an individual kept in military detention, is an Unprivileged Enemy Belligerent, suspected of; having engaged in supporting hostilities against the United States; its coalition partners; or Civilians to indefinitely detained Americans without legal counsel.


McCain’s bill S.3081 is so broadly written lawful anti-war protesters and Tea Party Groups might be arrested and detained in military custody just for attending demonstrations; Government can charge attending demonstrations "materially supported hostilities.”




McCain’s bill mentions “non-violent acts" supporting hostilities in America including against U.S. government and or emanating from America against a Coalition Partner. Non-violent terrorist acts" are covered in the Patriot Act to prosecute Persons that support “coercion or intimidation to influence a government or to affect a civilian population.”


To compare government’s COINTELPRO with today’s government convert operations against American Activists access the following websites. 


Comment by Ned The Head
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First they came for the leftists? WTF? I thought WE were the terrorists. We can't all be terrorists otherwise being a terrorist will just be normal. Passe.

And how ironic because I just finished a full day working security at--get this--a hippy festival. Man, what a milk day on security. Had two medicals: I removed a splinter and hydrated another person. Aside from that, to call these people compliant doesn't come close. Ask them to move their car and they practically dive into the driver's seat. I bet I could have ordered them to do jumping jacks. 

They did furnish one great act of defiance: some of their women have begun wearing their wristlets that indicate they have paid admission, on their ankles. So I can't see them and have to ask "show me your wristlet honey" and they pick up their skirts and show me some leg. And some finely-turned ankles! Hello, I don't believe I ordered a foot-fetish but I'll hang onto it 'till we figure out who did.

But here are the leftists coming to the right libertarians for security. And here they are getting busted for....seriously, did they actually say terrorism? Supporting terrorist organizations? Athletic supporters? Beuller? Beuller?

Hey psssssst! FBI, I've totally infiltrated these gentle people. I learned a thing or two. You won't need the mace and tasers. I can get any of them to move by saying "c'mere and lemme give you a hug brother". Works on the sisters too. You should try it.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, sisters.

But there's a reason they came to us. They are passive non-violent. We are not. They will not respond with violence even if someone inflicts it on them. We do not initiate violence but are perfectly comfy with responding with same. It's our reputation. We do not initiate violence. As Security, we are comfortable using whatever level of force is necessary to enforce the law. Or, conversely, whatever level of gentleness as is the case for me today.

So, FBI, I guess we both did our jobs today and we both imagine we were protecting the people. And we were both working with leftists in an enforcement capacity all day. And we carried many of the same tools today: cuffs, tac lights, rubber gloves aplenty, sidearm of choice. Only nobody on my watch got their doors smashed in, their faces broken, nobody went to jail, everybody under my protection is happy and the sun is shining.

So the similarity between us ends there, eh boys? Hey, when those people saw me today and read "SECURITY" on my shirt and saw my tools of trade, they felt reassured and protected and understood I was securing THEM.

Your job give you that sense of purity? Utterly un-ambiguous service where it's all right and there's no wrong? Remember the word Service and Whom We Serve?

Your penance is to watch at least five (5) episodes of Andy Griffith back-to-back and remember that police work used to be done with sense and compassion and we didn't need no tac-team to take down Aunt Bee.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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