Two Years Later, Activists Raided by FBI Demand Grand Jury Investigation Be Closed

By: Friday September 21, 2012 2:30 pm

Nearly two years ago, the FBI raided the homes of nine antiwar, labor and international solidarity activists in Chicago, Michigan and Minnesota. The activists, along with fourteen others, were issued subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury empaneled to investigate the activists for providing “material support to terrorism.” Each activist refused to testify because they understood their activism on behalf of Palestinians, Colombians and others in the world was what the Justice Department was investigating and they have a right under the First Amendment to assemble, organize, engage in freedom of speech and dissent against the policies of the United States government.

The activists now call upon Attorney General Eric Holder and Acting US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Gary Shapiro, to close the investigation.

 

Manufacturing a “Black Separatist” Threat and Other Dubious Claims: Bias in Newly Released FBI Terrorism Training Materials

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 12:45 pm

In a throwback to the J. Edgar Hoover-era COINTELPRO investigations targeting civil rights and anti-war activists, the FBI is now training its agents to be on the lookout for “Black Separatist” terrorists, according to FBI training materials released today by the ACLU. These new disclosures, obtained through Freedom of Information Act litigation, are the latest in a growing flood of FBI training materials that include factually flawed and biased information.

FBI Raids Reveal Investigations of Anti-War Activists Continue

By: Friday September 24, 2010 1:25 pm

It doesn’t seem like much has changed since Bush was criminalizing political speech.

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