FBI subpoenas 5 more anti-war, solidarity activists

FBI subpoenas 5 more anti-war, solidarity activists

Chicago : IL : USA | Dec 21, 2010 at 4:20 PM PST
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Chicago activists recount September FBI raids

The FBI came unannounced to knock on doors in Chicago this week. Under orders from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office, agents delivered a subpoena to Maureen Murphy and other individuals allied with the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago.

This continues the action Fitzgerald opened on the anti-war movement in September, 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.”

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Chicago peace activists Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner recount the Sept. 24 FBI raid on their home in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. The FBI simultaneously raided the homes of over a dozen peace activists in the Twin Cities. Iosbaker and Weiner attest that the FBI actions were taken in order to disrupt domestic peace activities as much as they were directed against solidarity actions with Palestine and Columbia, because unlike the Minneapolis peace activists, Iosbaker and Weiner have not traveled to Palestine or Columbia. 12/1/2010
Billie Greenwood is based in Davenport, Iowa, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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