Protests hit FBI/grand jury harassment
Published Dec 9, 2010 10:13 PM
About 100 protesters came together outside U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s
office here Dec. 2, in response to news that three Twin Cities anti-war and
social justice activists will be getting new orders to appear before a federal
grand jury in Chicago. The orders to appear carry the possibility of the
activists facing jail time for contempt if they refuse to participate in the
politically motivated grand jury proceedings. Those proceedings could put them
and their political allies throughout the United States and in other countries
at risk of further governmental harassment and violence.
Milwaukee Activist Defense Network and
Students for a Democratic
on Dec. 3.
Photo: FightBack News!/Staff
This protest is one of many happening this week, which the Committee to Stop
FBI Repression has designated as a week of action in solidarity with the
targeted social justice activists.
Speaking to the crowd, Deb Konechne of the Minnesota Committee Against FBI
Repression reported on a meeting held with Klobuchar’s staff before the
protest: “We went to Senator Klobuchar’s office to demand that she
pressure President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Holder to stop the
witch-hunt against anti-war activists and they are refusing to do anything. We
are going to turn up the heat.”
The three activists who will be receiving new orders to appear before the grand
jury in Chicago are Sarah Martin, a member of Women Against Military Madness;
Tracy Molm, an organizer with Students for a Democratic Society; and Anh Pham,
an anti-war and immigrant rights activist.
Those three are among 14 people who received subpoenas in September during FBI
raids on homes and offices in several cities, mostly in the Midwest.
All those who received subpoenas in September stated that they would plead the
Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify. The original subpoenas were put on hold
after the activists refused to cooperate with the witch-hunt, but the federal
attorney running the investigation is now saying that Martin, Molm and Pham
will have to appear in front of the grand jury. The FBI claimed the raids and
subpoenas are part of an investigation into groups allegedly providing
“material support to terrorists.”
“The use of these subpoenas represents a new stage of the FBI campaign of
interference and harassment against the anti-war movement. This investigation
is a direct threat against civil liberties and can only take away our right to
speak out against U.S. wars and interventions around the world,” said
Mick Kelly noted, “The FBI and grand jury investigation of anti-war
activists is a major threat to anyone who opposes the policies of the U.S.
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