Progressive Calendar 10.04.10
From: David Shove (
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2010 03:55:23 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   10.04.10

1. Protest at FBI  10.05 4:30pm

2. info [at]   - Support the RNC 8
3. WAMM            - Put the "WAMM-y" on the FBI
4. UN Assoc MN     - UN in Rwanda Cambodia & Yugoslavia/reserve by 10.10
5. Michael Edwards - Tyranny's last stand: the tipping point is here
6. Dave Bicking    - FBI raids: Next action steps
7. Amy Goodman + 3 - FBI raids antiwar activists in Chicago & Mpls

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Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2010 13:46:57 -0500
From: Rowley Clan <rowleyclan [at]>
Subject: Protest at FBI 10.05 4:30pm

Thousands have come together in response to the FBI raids on seven homes
and an anti-war office on Friday, September 24, 2010. Across the country
organizations and individuals are standing together to protest the United
States government's attempt to silence and criminalize anti-war and
international solidarity activists.

Jess Sundin said, "These raids and subpoenas are an attack on anti-war and
other progressive movements. It is an attack on our freedom to speak, our
freedom to assemble with like-minded people, and our freedom to tell the
government that their actions and policies are wrong. It is an attempt to
clear the way for more wars and occupations of other countries by the U.S.

Protests against the intimidation and harassment have taken place or are
planned in cities across the country. From Minneapolis and Chicago, to Los
Angeles, Atlanta, Kalamazoo, MI and Dallas, Texas. The response has been
tremendous and continues to grow.  We are calling for further actions to
take place in the coming week as the first Grand Jury Subpoenas call for
activists to appear on October 5.

Monday October 4 : Call Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General: 202-353-1555

Demand :  *End repression of anti-war and international solidarity
activists!  **Return all materials seized in the raid! **Stop the Grand
Jury Subpoenas of activists!

And please add an even broader request to ask all elected congresspersons
to convene new Church Committee type hearings so that history does not
repeat with new COINTELPRO abuses.  The situation needs to be scrutinized
at the highest levels to prevent McCarthyism and COINTELPRO abuses from

Tuesday October 5: Act in solidarity with activists called before the
Grand Jury

Demonstrate outside the Minneapolis FBI (corner of Marquette and
Washington Ave.) at 4:30 pm. on Tuesday, October 5th.  Organize
demonstrations in your community!

Sign the Petition Now:

Reach out to your organization or community group and send a statement of
solidarity.  Steff Yorek, a long-time antiwar activist and one of the
activists whose homes was searched said, "The assistance and support we
have already received has been tremendously encouraging, with your help we
can stop this outrageous fishing expedition and attack on progressive

download the leaflet
<> ***Please
print and distribute in your community today!

Committee To Stop FBI Repression: Email: stopfbi [at]

Wow!!  Check out this creative truth-to-power message shown right on the
FBI Headquarters' walls!

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Truth <>
To Power: Guerrilla Projection on FBI Headquarters Highlighting
Suppression of Dissent Various activists, Monday, October 4th, 2010

It is one week after a nationally-coordinated series of FBI raids seizing
computers and documents, grand juries subpoenas and harassment of antiwar
activists in Minneapolis, Chicago, California and North Carolina.

A group of activists and video artists from the Glass Bead Collective,
DARTT and Indymedia executed a guerrilla projection on the FBI
Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to highlight the new government campaign
to define nonviolent solidarity with groups in Palestine, Lebanon and
Colombia as terrorism.

"We are shining a bright light on the F.B.I. and its unlawful COINTELPRO
style nationwide attack on the antiwar movement", said Vlad Teichberg of
the Glassbead Collective.

"The latest Grand Juries in Chicago and New York have targeted the homes
and families of solidarity activists. These latest attacks are effectively
criminalizing the support of global social movements and is a blatant
attempt to take away the freedom of association from American citizens."

"These F.B.I. raids are a recent reminder of the constant attacks our
communities face every day" said Teichberg. He continued, "we wanted to
bring truth to power by projecting images of the victims of F.B.I.

Nigel Parry produced the remixed FBI logo and "We kept files on..." series
of graphics for this action.

The FBI itself has a public list of <>
celebrities it kept files on. Not all were subjects of investigation.
Some, such as The Beatles, had received death threats.

The "Lady Gaga has a file" screen, visible in the video, is speculative.
However, the singer and pop culture icon has made several political stands
and seems a very likely candidate.

For more information, visit the Committee to Stop FBI Repression at <> and follow @stopfbi
<> on Twitter.
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Date: Mon,  4 Oct 2010 23:50:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: info [at]
Subject: Support the RNC 8

You were with us when the prosecutor dropped the terrorism enhancement
charges. You were with us when the judge granted the joint trial. You were
with us as the defendants and their lawyers fought in court to have the
charges thrown out. And you were with us when the prosecutor completely
dropped the charges against Eryn, Luce and Monica.

Now we need you to be with us as Garrett, Max, Nathanael and Rob go to

During the upcoming trial, we'll have numerous volunteer needs. Here are
just a few:

HOUSING: Live in the Twin Cities and have space to spare? Help provide
housing for folks coming to the trial! And check out our website if you
need help finding a place to stay. Go to to get
plugged in.

FOOD: We want to serve lunch twice a week in court, as well as a dinner
every Friday. If you can donate or procure food, cook, clean up, or any or
all of the above, email info(A) and let us know.

CHILDCARE: We'll need childcare so parents can attend court, as well
as help entertaining kids at evening events. If you want to help us out by
watching the junior rebels, email info(A) and let us know.

COURT SOLIDARITY: One of the simplest things to do is court solidarity,
the respectful presence of supporters in the courtroom gallery as a
demonstration of community support. We are asking for court solidarity for
the duration of the trial. We also need people to take notes on the court

Know how you wanna get involved? Great! Email us at info(A) and
we'll get you plugged in.

Wanna help but not sure how? Join us for an optional volunteer
orientation on Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 3pm (this will likely take about an
hour). Email us at info(A) for the location.

In solidarity,

The RNC 8 Defense Committee

Some Notes on Trial

Trial may likely be several weeks long. If, like most of us, you can only
attend for a limited amount of time, pace your attendance accordingly.
Remember that although it is important to have a strong showing of support
in the first week (which is expected to be mostly pretrial motions and
jury selection), it's equally important to have strong court solidarity
during the rest of the trial as well. Also remember that our behavior and
appearance in the courtroom can create a positive OR negative impression
on the judge and jury.

Court is expected to typically begin at 9am, recess for lunch, and
conclude around 4:30pm Monday - Friday, but this schedule can change.
Check or our email/twitter/facebook for updates before you go.

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Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2010 14:57:07 -0500 (CDT)
From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: [WAMM] Put the "WAMM-y" on the FBI

Hi folks,

It's time to put the "WAMM-y" on the FBI with the following actions:

Call today as part of a national call-in. Ask that the FBI stop targeting
peace groups and use their time and our tax dollars better by focusing
their efforts on ending the war. Ask that they call off the grand jury
inquisition. Ask that they stop abusing the Patriot Act by using its
powers to violate first amendment rights. You may call President Obama at
202-456-1111. You may call Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 or

Tuesday, October 5th will be the first day that folks from Minnesota peace
groups will have to appear before a grand jury in Chicago. We will rally
again outside of the FBI building, 111 Washington Avenue (corner of
Washington and Marquette Avenues downtown), Minneapolis. We will show our
support for those Minnesotans who are made to travel all the way to
Chicago to have their civil rights further violated. Rally begins at 4:30

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ongoing meeting at Walker Methodist Church, 3104
16th Avenue South, Minneapolis. to provide support, political, financial
and moral, to those that have been targeted. United we stand- divided,
well, they pretty much pick our peace groups off one at a time.

Find more way to help at

We know you are busy, and there is so much we all are struggling to
change, but if we lose this battle, it will have repercussions for a
long time to come. You know as well, maybe even better than I do, that
they will continue to usurp power until the people demand it back!
 -Kim Doss-Smith, WAMM Director

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From: United Nations Association of Minnesota <info [at]>
Subject: UN in Rwanda, Cambodia, & Yugoslavia/reservations by 10.10

United Nations Association of Minnesota &
World Without Genocide

Please join us for conference The United Nations: Searching for Justice in
Rwanda, Cambodia and Yugoslavia, on Saturday, October 16th. The conference
occurs shortly before United Nations Day, celebrated on October 24th, and
is this year's celebration and rally for the United Nations.

United Nations tribunals have been created to prosecute perpetrators of
mass violence in Rwanda, Cambodia, and Yugoslavia.

This conference examines the issues surrounding the creation of the
tribunals, the search for forensic evidence, and the challenges of
defining and instituting justice.

Speakers will be Dr. Gregory Stanton, on constructing justice tribunals;
Andrew M. Baker, M.D., forensic examinations in Kosovo; Prof. Barbara A.
Frey, preventing transfer of small arms used to commit atrocities; Judge
Edward Wilson, divergent responses to ethnic strife in Rwanda and Kosovo;
and Prof. Peter Erlinder, defending the accused at the Rwanda tribunal.

The event is open to the public.  Admission is $10. Reservations are
required by Oct. 10 at

Two CLE credits are available. Continuing education credit is available
for teachers.  For additional information, contact 952-693-5206 or
info [at] [mailto:info [at]]

Co-sponsors: William Mitchell
College of Law; United Nations
Association-Minnesota; University
of Minnesota: STAND-UMN,
Program for Health and Human Rights, Human Rights Program.

Give Your Support
We strive to bring the community events like this, that support the
mission and values of the United Nations. If you would like to make a
tax-deductible contribution in support of these programs, please send to:

United Nations Association of Minnesota
211 N. First Street, Ste 410, Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-455-6065 / info [at]

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Tyranny's Last Stand: The Tipping Point is Here
by Michael Edwards
October 4th, 2010
Dissident Voicev

In Malcolm Gladwell's provocative book The Tipping Point, he gives many
examples of how seemingly small, insignificant decisions can radiate to
cause an eventual wave of change that overtakes the prevailing modes of
behavior.  He clearly extrapolates how the silent leaders of society - not
the ones on TV, or the ones we appoint - set trends through their singular
ability to recognize an underlying need, or change of direction.  It can
be as simple as a clothing style, a type of cuisine, a new travel
destination .,. or the need to change the world's political course.  I
believe there are signs that The Tipping Point for free humanity has been
reached; from here on out, there will be an open dialogue between the
forces of tyranny and the forces of freedom.

The idea that in order to recognize tyranny, you must force it to act as
such, is very much the case right now.  Humanity is rebelling worldwide to
the dictates of Elite overlords and petty bureaucrats alike.  The small,
silent statements of resistance have reached a classic tipping point.
Whether it is tax rebellion, free speech, freedom of religion, the freedom
to speak out against endless war, women's rights in oppressive regimes, or
the freedom to grow one's own food in peace, the small defeats and
victories have become a sustained chorus of resistance to ever-increasing
forces of control.  This chorus has coalesced from the choirs of different
nations, different genders, different political affiliations, different
races, and different socio-economic positions.  This is the ultimate sign
of a true tipping point:  critical mass has been reached.

The modern pantheon of enemies has now been identified, along with their
demiurges, by even the most common of men.  The enemies are the banking
consortium; the global Elite born and bred from mega-wealth; the academics
and economists who disconnect ideas from reality; and the scientific and
military minds who are so compartmentalized by design that they rarely
know what sort of dictatorship to which they are making their
contributions.  These are the groups that every man, woman, and child
recognizes instinctively, because they are the same personalities
encountered in our childhood.  Until this point, these dictators have had
the smugness to assume that the ones they view as the weak would cower

These tyrants have vastly underestimated the power of numbers and the
exponential factors by which simple numbers can increase to create a
tipping point that can cause an overnight Sea change.  The few who had the
most courage, while enduring mass ridicule, have spoken out for decades
against a coming full spectrum tyranny.  These natural leaders are now
raising their voices even louder and more urgently.  Some of these
pioneers have withdrawn from their previous missions in acknowledgment of
The Tipping Point; many have decided to redouble their efforts.
Regardless, little by little their collective audience has grown; whether
in stadiums, or on Web sites, or in home discussion groups; the numbers
have swelled, prompting a massive fear response from tyrants who know
(with their instincts) when an uprising is taking place.

So now we see tyranny emerging in its most blatant form: citizen spies;
government COINTELPRO operations against peaceful assembly; technological
surveillance of every stripe, and the jackbooted common thug promoted to
the top of the class in order to enforce an increasingly regimented
society where thought is an actual liability.

The good news is that it is already too late for the forces of tyranny;
they have had their reign for long enough - The Tipping Point has been
reached.  The previous fence-straddlers - even from the mainstream media -
are now sounding the alarm.  And true patriots everywhere who have seen
the writing on the wall for a long time coming are now sounding the
charge.  Tyranny has been fatally weakened by its continual pursuit of the
lowest common denominator.  All that remains is a hollow shell without the
substance to counter a new Humanity tipping toward unbridled freedom.

Michael Edwards is a writer and editor of Activist Post. His articles have
appeared on many alternative news sites.

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Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2010 12:39:59 -0500
From: Dave Bicking <dave [at]>
Subject: FBI raids: Next action steps

Dear Greens,

The peace activists who have been raided and subpoenaed continue to need
your help and solidarity.  This is really for all of us.  The Green Party
and its members have been great so far.  Thank you!!

Quick listing of support needed, with details and explanations to follow:

1) Call in to the President and Department of Justice, especially TODAY,
before the first Grand Jury appointment tomorrow.

2) Leaflet and hold signs outside rally with Vice President Joe Biden,
tomorrow morning, October 5, 8:30am, at Macalester College.

3) BIG rally - IMPORTANT - tomorrow, Tuesday October 5, 4:30pm, outside
FBI headquarters, 111 Washington Ave. S.

4) Support committee meeting, Thursday, October 7, 7pm, at Walker Church
(continues each week).

5) Call our local elected officials and candidates.

6) Sign the national petition, at

7) Sign local Community Support Statement.

8) Donate!

9) Personal and "material support" for those raided.

10) Help the AWC rebuild its contact database.

11) Inform yourself and spread the word.  Feel free to forward any of my

12)  Continue the struggle that these raids are intended to suppress.
Work for peace and justice, including international solidartiy.

All details below.  First a brief news update:

People have been subpoenaed to appear at the Federal Grand Jury in Chicago
on the next three Tuesdays, at least: October 5, 12, and 19.  At least a
dozen people in several cities have received subpoenas, including some
whose houses were not raided.  Two or three are supposed to testify
tomorrow.  To my knowledge, all are planning not to speak to the grand
jury or answer any questions.  At this point, they have that right under
the Fifth Amendment.  That may change, if they are granted immunity. Most
or all are not going to cooperate in this fishing expedition by the FBI.
It is quite likely that some are going to go to jail for contempt, without
any real evidence of guilt of any crime.

See my previous emails for more about the danger of grand juries.  Here is
how one person who has been subpoenaed has explained it:

"THE GRAND JURY:  Computers, files, papers, cell phones, and many other
materials were confiscated in the raids.  All that will be gone through to
look for any connection to anyone or anything that might provide evidence
of "material support."  At this point, we don´t know who they want to
indict.  Those of us who have been subpoenaed have been ordered to come to
a grand jury hearing in Chicago, the first of which is on October 5.  At
that hearing, there is no judge and no lawyer.  The prosecutor can ask
anything, about who you know, what you think, who you´ve met, what you´ve
said.  The Department of Justice is "fishing," trying to piece together
random information in a witch hunt for people who may or may not have
broken an unjust law.  If we refuse to put ourselves or others at risk by
not speaking, we can be jailed for the duration of the Grand Jury.  ( for more information on grand juries,
including how they have been used to silence activists throughout history)

WHERE WE ARE:  I, and many other activists, have pleaded the fifth, and
chosen not to testify.  By doing so, we put ourselves at risk of going to
jail.  The next legal step is in the hands of the Department of Justice.
They could cancel the Grand Jury.  They could carry on, but decide not to
bother with us.  They could send us letters again, giving us the option to
talk or go to jail.  We don´t know when they will take the next step, or
what it will be.  We do know what our next steps will be.  We will not be
silent.  We will not allow the harassment of activists to quiet our
opposition to immoral policies.  We will continue to speak out against the
unjust investigation, the unjust law, and the unjust foreign policies of
the US government.  The community and the people are strong, and are
already showing amazing solidarity around the country.  ...... "

This is very serious.  Many people have already had their lives turned
upside down, with computers, phones, and all their personal and financial
records stolen from them.  They wonder what the government, with all its
power, is going to do to them next.  This is likely to be a political test
case for increasing repression of antiwar and other activism.

Two websites for up to date information:

Here is what YOU can do:

1) Call and/or email the President and the Department of Justice.  You
should do this whenever you can, but we are especially calling for an
outpouring of support TODAY, the day before the first day of the scheduled
grand jury appearances.  Your message for them and others should
concentrate on three main points:
     a)  End repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists!
     b)  Return all materials seized in the raids!
     c)  Stop the Grand Jury Subpoenas of activists!

Contact information:
     i)  President Obama:  202-456-1111
           email contact form:
     ii)  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:   202-353-1555
          email:  askdoj [at]
     iii)  DOJ Inspector General Glenn Fine:  202-514-3435 or 1-800-869-4499
          email:  inspector.general [at]

2)  Vice President Joe Biden coming to town tomorrow for rally in support
of Dayton.  It is hard to go see the President, but the Vice President is
coming here, and we should let him know how we feel!  Also, Senators
Franken and Klobuchar will be present.  They COULD introduce a bill to
repeal the "material support to terrorism" provisions, or at least the
worst sections that criminalize speech and dissent.  Many of the
Democratic base who will be coming will be supportive of our position.
We should reach them with this info.  This is not planned to be a large
presence, being last minute and early on a weekday morning.  We'll have
some signs and some leaflets.  Contact me if you are interested in coming.

*****Tuesday, October 5, doors open at 8:30am, so we should be there then.
Rally at 9:00am.  At Macalester College Leonard Center Field House, 1600
Grand Ave., SW corner of Snelling and Grand.  The entrance is on Snelling
Avenue, just south of Grand Avenue.

3)  BIG rally at FBI headquarters tomorrow!  (first day of grand jury)
***** Tuesday, October 5, 4:30pm, at FBI headquarters, 111 Washington Ave.
S., SE corner of Washington and Marquette, in downtown Mpls.

This is the same place and time of day as last Monday's rally.  My friend
counted 502 people at that rally; let's make this one bigger and louder!

4)  A support committee has formed, with its first meeting last Thursday.
There was a great show of support at that meeting, and we started our
work, organizing the events in this email.  The next meeting is this
coming Thursday, October 7, 7pm, at Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave. S.,
Mpls.  Meetings will continue at the same time and place each week.

5)  Call and email our elected officials and candidates.  Representative
Ellison and Senators Klobuchar and Franken could introduce bills to change
the law.  City officials could pledge the city's intent not to cooperate
with this federal repression.  All could issue statements condemning the
raids and supporting the targets of repression, and could come to our
events.  So far, with one exception, there has been TOTAL silence and
inaction from every one of them, despite repeated requests from many of
their constituents.  Utter spinelessness, and/or complicity.  The
exception: Green Party City Council member Cam Gordon, Ward 2, Mpls, who
has issued a very strong statement, and came to last Monday's rally.

Contact information:
[Here it is folks - all the contact info you never have at hand when you
want it - well, here it is - SAVE IT! -ed]

Mayor RT Rybak:  mayor [at] 612-348-2100

City Council:  (note: there were two raids in Ward 6, and one each in
Wards 2, 8, and 9 - will they support their own constituents?)

  Kevin Reich, Ward 1   kevin.reich [at]
  Cam Gordon, Ward 2   cam.gordon [at]  (thank him)
  Diane Hofstede, Ward 3   diane.hofstede [at]
  Barb Johnson, Ward 4   barbara.johnson [at]
  Don Samuels, Ward 5   don.samuels [at]
  Robert Lilligren, Ward 6   robert.lilligren [at]
  Lisa Goodman, Ward 7   lisa.goodman [at]
  Elizabeth Glidden, Ward 8   elizabeth.glidden [at]
  Gary Schiff, Ward 9   gary.schiff [at]
  Meg Tuthill, Ward 10   meg.tuthill [at]
  John Quincy, Ward 11   john.quincy [at]
  Sandra Colvin Roy, Ward 12   sandra.colvin.roy [at]
  Betsy Hodges, Ward 13   betsy.hodges [at]

  Phone number for all is 612-673-22xx   where xx is the Ward number,
  examples:  Keven Reich 612-673-2201,   Betsy Hodges 612-673-2213

Representative Keith Ellison:
  local phone:  612-522-1212
  DC phone:  202-225-4755
  email contact form:

Senator Amy Klobuchar:
  local phone:  612-727-5220
  DC phone:  202-224-3244
  email contact form:

Senator Al Franken:
  local phone:  651-221-1016
  DC phone:  202-224-5641
  email contact form:

6)  Sign the national petition.  Go to:

7)  Sign the local Community Solidarity Statement.  Info and text of petition 
OR, use this shorter link:

You can sign on by emailing your name as you would like it to appear,
along with any affiliation(s) you would like to include, if any (for
identification purposes only).  The address:
ActivismIsNotTerrorism [at]

Also, if you a member of any group, from local to national, please
consider whether that group may also agree to sign on as an organization.

Unfortunately, the list of signers is not being updated in a timely
manner.  I don't know if that is due to lack of data entry time, or
problems posting on Indymedia.  I am trying to find out the problem, and
will let you know.  Several friends signed over a week ago and their names
don't yet appear.

8)  Donate!  This all costs money, for legal defense, signs and banners,
etc.  Also, the confiscated computers need to be replaced so that the AWC
and activists can continue their work.

To donate to the national support group, for legal defense, etc.: You can donate online, or send a check to the
address listed there.

To donate to the local Anti War Committee (AWC), to replace their
computers and office equipment, and to help their ongoing work: Donation
may be mailed to AWC, 1313 5th St SE, Mpls, MN 55414.  For a tax
deduction, you can make the check out to the Anti-War Committee Education
Fund.  However you donate, please specify how you would like the funds to
be used.  Or donate online at:

9)  "Material support" for those raided:  In particular, the Anti War
Committee and the individuals raided need to replace their computers.
The AWC says, "Computer Donations:  donate your used (but well performing)
computers (mac or pc). To make sure we can get many years of use out of
them, we are requesting the following minimum specs:  Processor:  1.5 GHz,
Memory: 1 GB, Hard Drive: 80 GB."  If you are interested in personal
support to those involved (financial, child care?), contact me.

10)  Help the AWC rebuild its contact database.  Much of the AWC's contact
information and mailing list was lost when their office computers, plus
paper records, plus any copies maintained by individuals, were all
confiscated.  It may be years until they are returned.  If you were on
their contact list - or would like to be - go to this online form for
entering your information: They
need you!

11) Inform yourself and spread the word.  Feel free to forward any of my
emails.  Go to the websites listed at the end of the news update.  Read
more about the Supreme Court case that I believe led to these raids, at: It is
quite brief, but it is up to date, and has good links, including links to
one of the search warrants and one of the subpoenas.  It also has this
link to the text of the Supreme Court decision:

For some history of the FBI, see:
Yes, it is just Wikipedia, but it is quite thorough, with good links.
The FBI has been our enemy for a long time!!  The purpuse and the tactics
of COINTELPRO continue today.  NEVER talk to the FBI!

For some background on the uses and dangers of grand juries, see:

12)  Continue the struggle!  If we are intimidated, if we stop acting and
speaking, the FBI will have won.

Please help in any way you can.

Dave Bicking

[The above is a long & helpful source from a Green Party spokesperson. Do
we have ANYTHING like this from ANY Dem spokesperson? No, and we're
clearly not going to get anything - they're on the other side, sneaking
along with repression. So why do we support them? Vote for them?
Say nice things about them? Rely on them for anything whatsoever? When we
need them to support basic justice and democracy and freedom, where are
they? At the corporate slop trough, slurping and snorting it down. Worse
than worthless. Collaboration & collusion with our sworn enemies -
corporations and the ruling class. And Numero Uno in the collaboration is
Obama, he who speaketh out of both sides of his mouth - and he is having
another side put in so he can speak out of that too. -ed]

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FBI Raids Homes of Antiwar and Pro-Palestinian Activists in Chicago and
By Amy Goodman and Jess Sundin
and Joe Iosbaker
and Coleen Rowley

Source: DN!Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Join ZSpace

AMY GOODMAN: Antiwar activists are gearing up for protests outside FBI
offices in cities across the country today and tomorrow after the FBI
raided eight homes and offices of antiwar activists in Chicago and
Minneapolis Friday.

The FBI's search warrants indicate agents were looking for connections
between local antiwar activists and groups in Colombia and the Middle
East. Eight people were issued subpoenas to appear before a federal grand
jury in Chicago. Most of the people whose homes were searched or who were
issued subpoenas had helped organize or attended protests at the
Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, two years ago.

The federal law cited in the search warrants prohibits, quote, "providing
material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist
organizations." In June, the Supreme Court rejected a free speech
challenge to the material support law from humanitarian aid groups that
said some of its provisions put them at risk of being prosecuted for
talking to terrorist organizations about nonviolent activities. Some of
groups listed by name in the warrants are Hezbollah, the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC. The warrants also authorized agents to to seize items
such as electronics, photographs, videos, address books and letters.

Friday's raids come on the heels of a Justice Department probe that found
the FBI improperly monitored activist groups and individuals from 2001 to

For more, I'm joined now by three guests.

Joining us from Minneapolis, longtime antiwar activist Jess Sundin, whose
home was raided by the FBI early Friday morning. She's a member of the
Anti-War Committee, whose offices were also raided.

Joining us via Democracy Now! video stream from Chicago is Joe Iosbaker,
whose home was one of two raided in Chicago Friday. He's an employee of
the University of Illinois in Chicago and a steward for SEIU Local 73. He
helped coordinate buses from Chicago to the protests at the Republican
National Convention in 2008.

Also in Minneapolis we're joined by former FBI special agent and
whistleblower Coleen Rowley. Time named her Woman of the Year, Person of
the Year in 2002.

We welcome you all to Democracy Now! Let's begin in Minneapolis with Jess
Sundin. Tell us what happened.

JESS SUNDIN: Friday morning, I awoke to a bang at the door, and by the
time I was downstairs, there were six or seven federal agents already in
my home, where my partner and my six-year-old daughter had already been
awake. We were given the search warrant, and they went through the entire
house. They spent probably about four hours going through all of our
personal belongings, every book, paper, our clothes, and filled several
boxes and crates with our computers, our phones, my passport. And when
they were done, as I said, they had many crates full of my personal
belongings, with which they left my house.

AMY GOODMAN: Were you the only one there that morning?

JESS SUNDIN: No, my partner and my first-grade daughter were also there.

AMY GOODMAN: And what exactly did they show you to get in?

JESS SUNDIN: Well, we have a porch where you can't see exactly who's
outside. And so, they had already let themselves into the porch by the
time my daughter - my wife opened the door. And when they came in, they
showed us this four-page document that listed, as I said, all the kinds of
things that they were entitled to look - to search for in my home, as well
as a subpoena to appear before a grand jury. My name was listed on the
search warrant, but both myself and my partner received subpoenas for the
grand jury in Chicago.

AMY GOODMAN: Let's go to Chicago, to Joe Iosbaker. Describe what happened
to you on Friday morning.

JOE IOSBAKER: Well, it's the exact same story. It was a nationally
coordinated assault on all of these homes. Seven a.m., the pound on the
door. I was getting ready for work, came down the stairs, and there were,
I think, in the area of ten agents, you know, of the - they identified
themselves as FBI, showed me the search warrant. And I turned to my wife
and said, "Stephanie, it's the thought police."

AMY GOODMAN: And they came in?

JOE IOSBAKER: They came in, and they proceeded to set up their operation
in our living room, and they proceeded to photograph every room in our
house. And over the next, I don't know, thirty or forty-five minutes, they
proceeded to label every room and then systematically go through every
room, our basement, our attic, our children's rooms, and pored through not
just all of our papers, but our music collection, our children's artwork,
my son's poetry journals from high school - everything.

AMY GOODMAN: And were they explaining to you what they were doing as they
were raiding your house?

JOE IOSBAKER: There was - there were - some of the officers, you know,
were telling us what they were doing. Most of them were not. But they gave
us some explanation.

AMY GOODMAN: What exactly did they say to you?

JOE IOSBAKER: Well, they - all they said in terms of the content of what
they were looking for is that they - you know, they showed us the search
warrant, and I was - my wife and I were both subpoenaed, as well.

AMY GOODMAN: What organizations are you involved with, Joe? What do you
think they're looking for?

JOE IOSBAKER: Well, as you said at the start, I'm a trade unionist
primarily. That's how most people know me. I'm also the staff adviser at
UIC for the Students for a Democratic Society chapter.

AMY GOODMAN: That's University of Illinois, Chicago.

JOE IOSBAKER: Correct. And, you know, I've been a political activist for
thirty-three years, so I've been a member of a lot of organizations and

AMY GOODMAN: Coleen Rowley, you're a former FBI agent, whistleblower,
named Time Person of the Year in 2002. Can you explain what you think is
happening here? And also, put it in the context of this very interesting
Justice Department IG - Inspector General - report that has just come out
on their surveillance of whistleblowers - rather, the surveillance of
activists over the last almost decade.

COLEEN ROWLEY: Well, I can't really detail all of the legal factors that
have changed since 9/11, but there simply has been a sea change. For
instance, when I taught constitutional rights in the FBI, one of the main
top priorities was First Amendment rights. And while this is not the first
time that you've seen this Orwellian turn of the war on terror onto
domestic peace groups and social justice groups - actually, we had that
begin very quickly after 9/11, and there were legal opinions, Office of
Legal Counsel opinions, that said the First Amendment no longer controls
the war on terror - but even so, this is shocking and alarming that at
this point we have the, you know, humanitarian advocacy now being treated
as somehow material support to terrorists.

We've also just seen, ironically, four days before this national raid, we
saw the Department of Justice Inspector General issue a report that
soundly criticized the FBI for four years of targeting domestic groups
such as Greenpeace, the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh, different
antiwar rallies, even involving a finding that the FBI director had given
them a falsehood to Congress as to the justification for the FBI to
monitor a peace group.

AMY GOODMAN: What about what's happened in Iowa, Coleen Rowley?

COLEEN ROWLEY: Well, that's another instance. And that one is actually
after the scope of the IG investigation. The IG investigation only went to
2006. There have been requests for that IG to go further. Obviously
there's been four more years. And in 2008, we found out through a Freedom
of Information request that there's 300 pages of - I think it was four or
five, six agents trailing a group of students in Iowa City to parks,
libraries, bars, restaurants. They even went through their trash. So, this
is another reason why peace groups, and certainly law professors, have to
be very concerned now about this misinterpretation that says advocacy for
human-rights. I just have to mention, we have a famous Minnesotan who
wrote Three Cups of Tea. And he obviously sets up schools in Pakistan and
Afghanistan. His name is Greg Mortenson. Obviously, people like him and
Jimmy Carter are even at peril, given this wide discretion now to say that
anyone who works in a foreign country, even for peace or humanitarian,
anti-torture purposes, could somehow run afoul of the PATRIOT Act.

AMY GOODMAN: The Church Committee in the 1970s really blew the lid open on
CIA spying at home, and also guidelines then, regulations, were passed
afterwards. How do they apply today, when Americans are being surveilled,
infiltrated, spied on at home?

COLEEN ROWLEY: Well, that's another one of the factors, besides this
Supreme Court ruling. Right after 9/11, the Attorney General began to
erode those guidelines. He basically said that FBI agents could go into
mosques and places like that to monitor, so that was the beginning. The
very - almost the last official act that Bush did in 2008 was that he
totally erased those prior AG guidelines. There is really no need to even
show factual justification now. The presumption is entirely reversed. And
basically the FBI need only say that they were not targeting - that they
were not targeting a group solely based on their exercise of First
Amendment rights. So the presumption really did, again, a complete

And, of course, that's why you see these various scandals now coming out.
It should be no surprise to someone that if there's no restraints, the
green light is on, that you see, of course - I actually kind of sympathize
with the FBI. I used to train these agents, and I can understand the
enormous pressure they're under. And, of course, this is why it's so
incredibly important to get the word to the officials who are in charge of
using their discretion that they should use their discretion to look for
real terrorists instead of to go after peace groups.

AMY GOODMAN: Jess Sundin, what are your plans now? I mean, over the
weekend I saw online the video of your mass emergency meeting - many
people came out for this, rallying around - and also talked about the RNC
8, the eight people who were preemptively arrested in the lead-up to the
Republican convention, all charged on terror counts. All of those terror
counts have been dropped now. But it certainly was a very frightening
time. What are your plans now?

JESS SUNDIN: Well, as you mentioned, in the Twin Cities we had a meeting
the night that the raids happened. There were more than 200 people who
gathered, and really every organization in the Twin Cities. But I'd say
countless organizations across the country have contacted us to ask us how
they can help. There will be, today and tomorrow, as you mentioned
earlier, demonstrations in at least twenty cities around the country.
We've had word of plans for demonstrations at embassies in other
countries, as well, at US embassies.

So, one of the things we're doing is trying to call attention to what's
happened and really make it clear to people that we have done nothing
wrong. There is no basis to the claim that we've in any way given support
to terrorist organizations. But in fact, we are being - we are being -
there is attention on us because of our work in the antiwar movement, and
in particular, our perspective of solidarity with people in the countries
where the US war and militarism are happening.

We, following up on these demonstrations, are going to be pulling together
a network of people from many of these organizations that have expressed
their concern. Folks who want to get tied into that can find us through
the Anti-War Committee website, which is very outdated. We're doing our
best to get it up. Of course, as we explained, all of our computers were
seized. So we're doing a lot of catch up, trying to get ourselves

And, of course, we're also very concerned with making legal plans to
protect ourselves. A number of people have been called before a grand jury
in Chicago. And we, you know, don't want to be - you know, a case to be
framed up around us. All of us are quite confident that nothing that was
found in our homes will give substantiation to the claims against us. And
there's, in fact, no charges against us. But we want to do everything we
can to both protect ourselves legally while at the same time working with
the movement to call attention to what's happened.

AMY GOODMAN: Joe Iosbaker, I wanted to ask you about the other house that
was raided. Just looking at an AP piece, FBI agents in Chicago took a
laptop and documents from the home of Palestinian American antiwar
activist Hatem Abudayyeh, who is the executive director of the Arab
American Action Network. His attorney, Jim Fennerty, said, The
government's trying to quiet activists. The case is really is scary," he
said. Abudayyeh is an American citizen. Can you talk about your work on
Israel-Palestine, who Hatem Abudayyeh is?

JOE IOSBAKER: Well, I actually have to talk about my wife's work. My wife
is a longtime solidarity activist in the Palestine solidarity movement.

AMY GOODMAN: Stephanie Weiner.

JOE IOSBAKER: Correct. She was also subpoenaed. And really everyone in the
antiwar movement in Chicago knows Hatem. You know, if you look back online
at video of the protests here of thousands of people marching when Israel
assaulted Gaza two years ago, Hatem was the emcee at almost every major
rally. And the Arab American Action Network was the first center of the
Arab community in the city, founded back in the late 1960s and early
1970s. So Hatem is the most prominent Palestinian activist in the city of
Chicago. It's no surprise that they targeted him.

AMY GOODMAN: And you're organizing, Joe Iosbaker, around Colombia. In a
minute we'll be joined by Ingrid Betancourt, who was, well, as you know,
held captive.


AMY GOODMAN: - for more than six years. But what about your work around
Colombia, since it seems that Israel-Palestine and Colombia were major
focuses of this FBI raid?

JOE IOSBAKER: Well, I actually think that I should defer that question to
Jess, who has much more experience in Colombia solidarity work.

AMY GOODMAN: Jess Sundin in Minneapolis.

JESS SUNDIN: Yeah, the antiwar movement has long been concerned with
places that the US funds wars abroad, and there's a major civil war
unfolding in Colombia, and it's the third-largest recipient of US military
aid, so Colombia is very much an issue for the antiwar movement. I have
traveled to Colombia and understand that it's the most dangerous place in
the world to be a trade unionist. And, in fact, anyone involved in the
social movement there is viewed by the government, as well as the
paramilitary death squads, as a rebel and treated as such. And so, I know
that the investigation is very interested in travel - I have traveled to
Colombia - and [it] tried to establish some sort of organizational ties,
which there aren't. But that said, I do support the Colombian struggle and
have been very involved in that.

AMY GOODMAN: Coleen Rowley, how do civil rights compare, what you're
seeing today under the Obama administration, to President Bush, someone
you certainly blew the whistle on?

COLEEN ROWLEY: Well, I can't talk for another couple hours here, because
that's how long it would take me. I actually urged the FBI from early on -
I even wrote a chapter, "Civil Liberties and Effective Investigation." And
unfortunately, these warnings have just been largely - of myself and many
others - have been largely ignored. Even the 9/11 Commission focused -
three of their recommendations, out of forty-one, were on creating a
privacy and civil liberties oversight board. And Bush pulled the rug from
under that board early on. And Obama, two years later, has never appointed
any people, any of the five seats to that board, which is just incredible
in light of what's gone on, even including the revelations of torture and
warrantless monitoring.

What people need to do is to basically ask for more than just an IG
investigation. They need to ask for Congress to actually take on something
like a new Church Committee. And that's actually been asked for. Barbara
Lee, I think, actually had a proposal a year ago for something like that.
So we should all contact our elected representatives and ask for Congress
to take on greater oversight of this - what's going on.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, we will certainly continue to follow this case as it
unfolds. I want to thank you, Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent,
whistleblower, named Time Person of the Year in 2002. Jess Sundin and Joe
Iosbaker, thanks so much for being with us. I know this is a very
difficult time for you. Both of their homes were raided, computers, notes,
other things taken. That happened on Friday morning. And, of course, we'll
continue to follow both these cases.

Comment On This ZNet Article  See All Comments (1)
By Samson, at Sep 28, 2010 09:22 AM

Even amongst the outrage, there's this strange tone that focus' on the FBI
alone, and only blames Obama for not naming seats to some strange board
that was probably never worth anything.

What's not said is that the is OBAMA's FBI that's kicking in doors.

You don't see anyone in the Obama administration saying this is wrong or
that it has to stop.  If this wasn't done on direct orders from the White
House, then it's certainly not generating any orders to stop this.

This is what the left gets from all of its years of sleeping with the
Democrats.  A black eye as they turn around and beat us.


That's more effective than protests.  Although, if the protests had enough
sense to concentrate on that message then they are useful.  There's one
way to get a politician's attention.  Threaten their jobs.  Don't vote for

If Obama is sitting on election night seeing horrible numbers for
Democrats across the country, then he'll know his job is in danger two
years from now.  If this is part of an open and loud response from the
majority of Americans who both want these wars to end and constitutional
protections restored and respected, then there will be no mistaking the


[Amen. As someone has recently said, You don't change the status quo by
voting for the status quo. -ed]


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