Mass. forum opposes FBI repression
Published Dec 22, 2010 11:30 PM
The house was packed on Dec. 17 in Cambridge, Mass., as a wide spectrum of
organizations and activists came out to a forum on the growing menace of FBI
repression. The program was organized by the new Boston chapter of the United
National Antiwar Committee, along with 17 Boston-area anti-war and social
justice organizations, including the International Action Center.
The program featured Meredith Aby, one of several anti-war and international
solidarity activists from the Minneapolis area whose home was raided by the FBI
on Sept. 24. Aby was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury that was
supposedly investigating “material aid to terrorism” charges.
(Details can be found at stopfbi.net.) The program was part of a four-stop New
England tour for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, including two forums in
Western Massachusetts and one in Connecticut.
Also speaking on Dec. 17 was Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, who has been
falsely convicted in a targeted attack by the FBI and a campaign by the U.S.
Attorney’s Office to smear and take down progressive African-American
elected officials. A petition demanding no jail time for Chuck was circulated
and can be signed online at iacboston.org.
Kathy Manley and Lynne Jackson of Project Salam spoke of the hundreds of cases
of Muslims who have been victims of “preemptive prosecution,”
convicted on secret evidence and secret charges and given long prison
sentences. Their prosecution has been based on the FBI conclusion that the
individuals had the “mindset” or “ideology” to commit
or aid terrorism. Information on these cases can be found at
Laila Murad described the case of Tarek Mehanna, a respected leader in the
Muslim community in Sudbury, Mass., who, after refusing to talk to the FBI
about his friends and neighbors, is being locked down in solitary confinement
23 hours a day. His support committee can be contacted at
Nancy Murray of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts described
the refocus of law enforcement away from solving crimes and toward using
massive databases to data-mine in order to “predict” who will
commit crimes and then arresting them. She also reminded the audience that they
should not allow the FBI into their homes without a warrant or speak to them
without a lawyer.
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