Interview:’s Will Potter on FBI Raids, Grand Juries & Political Repression

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:45 am

A series of paramilitary-style raids were conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against activists in Portland, Oregon, on July 25. Author and writer for, Will Potter, has been following this as it develops as well. His latest post highlights the search warrants that indicate the FBI was looking for “anti-government or anarchist literature.” Will and I had a discussion about the recent raids, grand juries, the FBI’s institutional drive to suppress radical groups, along with documents he uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Here’s that interview.


Grand Juries & the FBI’s Targeting of Anarchists in the Occupy Movement

By: Friday July 27, 2012 1:04 pm

The FBI appears to be targeting people on the basis of their beliefs. The fact that a special grand jury has been empaneled sends a signal that law enforcement has embarked on a fishing expedition. They are going after anarchists who are likely connected to the Occupy movement.

SWAT Team Raids Occupy Organizers’ Apartment in Seattle

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 8:00 am

Early in the morning, on July 10, a SWAT team from the Seattle police department raided an apartment where organizers from the Occupy movement have been living. A warrant shown to the four people that were sleeping in the apartment at the time indicated the police were looking for “anarchist materials” and the raid was part of an ongoing investigation into militant action that Occupy engaged in on May Day.

Seattle Archbishop Leads the Charge Against Marriage Equality, Women Religious, and Others Who Think

By: Monday April 23, 2012 2:20 pm

Seattle’s Archbishop J. Peter Sartain is a busy guy. He’s involved in getting his flock motivated to put an anti-marriage equality measure called Referendum 74 on the ballot in Washington, even though local priests and congregations are resisting. Now he’s also been tapped to oversee a Vatican-ordered obedience training for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, who keep talking about things like women’s health issues instead of opposite-sex marriage that the bishops want them to talk about. So much for religious freedom.

Seattle Mayor McGinn: It’s Time for this State to Legalize Marijuana

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 2:00 pm

Mike McGinn, the Mayor of Seattle, Washington, used his city address yesterday to repeat his call for the legalization of marijuana in his state, setting a model for other public figures to follow. McGinn’s very public call for marijuana legalization is especially important now, because this November the voters of Washington state will get to decide on I-502. If approved, this ballot initiative would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Washington for adults over the age of 21.

White Supremacist and Failed Martin Luther King Day Parade Bomber: 32 years in Prison

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 10:35 am

Kevin William Harpham of Colville, WA, confessed to leaving an explosive device near the intended route of a Martin Luther King Day Unity March in Spokane. Stored in a backpack, it was packed with fishing weights coated with rat poison. Now he faces 32 years in prison.

Sunday Late Night: Portland Peaceniks Given Equal Recruiting Access to Impressionable Youth

By: Sunday October 23, 2011 8:01 pm

So, if your high schooler comes home one day smelling of patchouli and wearing a peace sign amulet, and blames it on “the recruiters” — don’t worry, it’s not the Air Force Academy going soft. It’s simply the Army of One Hippie: the Peace Recruiters will provide a view of an alternative lifestyle to the video-game, shoot-em-up, go-to-war, get-your-education-paid-for, (did-I-mention-lose-your-legs?) United States Military recruiters.

Bloomberg Says Don’t Fight Wall Street or the City Workers Get It

By: Friday October 7, 2011 12:30 pm

Michael Bloomberg is trying to pull off a pretty neat trick. The billionaire mayor of New York City can blame his own police department for the growth of the Occupy Wall Street protests, which surged after incidents of police brutality and illegal arrests and will only continue to grow as his police continue to use nightsticks and pepper spray. But now, he’s claiming that the protests are costing municipal workers their jobs.

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