Animal Liberation Activist Jonathan Paul on the Grand Jury Process as a Tool of State Repression

By: Friday November 9, 2012 9:05 am

It’s been about six weeks since two anarchist activists were thrown in a Seattle jail to force their testimony in a grand jury hearing ostensibly convened as part of an investigation into vandalism at a May Day rally. Neither activist has been charged with any crime, nor are they suspects in the case. They are simply people who may or may not have knowledge that could potentially help the FBI with its investigation.

Since their testimony could tend to incriminate themselves, their fellow activists and the causes they stand for (that’s the whole point of the exercise, after all), the two activists have refused on principle to participate. Now they could be locked up for as long as 18 months without a single charge being filed against them, for doing nothing but refusing to help the government crack down on their movement.

 

Released Grand Jury Resister Reportedly Cooperated With Investigation Into Pacific Northwest Activists

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 4:48 pm

There are people who by choice describe themselves as anarchists, who are being jailed for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Seattle. They have been subjected to surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They have been issued subpoenas to testify to a grand jury or be held in contempt and held in prison. Some of them have had their homes raided by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Some have had property seized for an investigation that is allegedly into property damage the FBI believes occurred in Seattle on May Day, however, the surveillance of activists by the FBI began in April.

The State Is a ‘Black Hole’ Seeking to Swallow Up People for Their Radical Beliefs

By: Friday October 12, 2012 4:40 pm

“My convictions are unwavering and will not be shaken by their harassment. Today is October 10th, 2012 and I am ready to go to prison,” declared Leah Plante, in a statement issued before going to jail.

Plante was imprisoned at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle on October 11 for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury. She entered a jail cell knowing she could be imprisoned until March 2014. But, she was resolute and chose to resist because talking to the grand jury would mean succumbing to fear and isolation. It would mean enabling the targeting of people in society for their political beliefs.

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