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Tyrone Robinson
2010-09-25 22:52:22 EST
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/09/24/national/a094233D48.DTL

FBI serves terrorism warrants in Minn., Chicago

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press Writer

Friday, September 24, 2010

The FBI said it searched eight addresses in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of
a terrorism investigation Friday. Warrants suggest agents were looking for
connections between local anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia
and the Middle East.

FBI spokesman Steve Warfield told The Associated Press agents served six
warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago.

"These were search warrants only," Warfield said. "We're not anticipating any
arrests at this time. They're seeking evidence relating to activities
concerning the material support of terrorism."

The homes of longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin
and Meredith Aby were among those searched, they said. All three were
subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago: Aby on Oct. 5,
Sundin on Oct. 12 and Kelly on Oct. 19.

"The FBI is harassing anti-war organizers and leaders, folks who opposed U.S.
intervention in the Middle East and Latin America," Kelly said before agents
confiscated his cell phone.

Sundin said she believes the searches are connected with the Minnesota
Anti-War Committee's opposition to U.S. military aid to Colombia and Israel,
as well as its opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's kind of outrageous that citizens of the United States could be targeted
like this," Sundin said.

In Chicago, the home of activists Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner,
was searched by more than a dozen agents who carried out boxes full of their
possessions — including their cell phones — and loaded them into a white van,
the couple's attorney said.

Stepping outside his house briefly as FBI agents searched inside, Iosbaker was
clearly shaken when he told The Associated Press: "I have done nothing wrong."

Their attorney, Melinda Power, said the warrant cited possible support, in her
words, "for unnamed terrorist organizations." Iosbaker and Weiner were
summoned to testify before a grand jury on Oct. 5.

"These are people committed to social justice," Power said. "That is not a
crime in this country."

As news of the raid spread around the neighborhood, friends and fellow
activists gathered outside the house and several sang John Lennon's, "Give
Peace a Chance."

"These people have been activists all their lives," said Bob Hearst, who said
he was a family friend. "I can't imagine why the FBI would have any interest
in them."

Warfield said he couldn't comment on whose homes were searched or give details
on why because it was an ongoing investigation. "There's no imminent threat to
the community," he said.

The Minneapolis searches were first reported by the Star Tribune.

The warrant for Kelly's home, provided by his attorney, sought evidence on
travel he did as part of his work for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization
and information on any travel to Colombia, the Palestinian territories,
Jordan, Syria or Israel. The warrant for Sundin's home was similar but
included a slightly different list of targeted groups.

Kelly's warrant also said agents sought information on contact with the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine and Hezbollah. The U.S. government considers those three groups
terrorist organizations.

"It appears to be a fishing expedition," said Kelly's attorney, Ted Dooley.
"It seems like they're casting a huge seine or net into the political sea and
see what they can drag up on shore and dry out. There's no rhyme or reason to
it in a free society."

The federal law cited in the search warrant prohibits "providing material
support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations."

"I'm having a hard time paying my rent," Kelly said. "There is no material
support."

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a free-speech challenge to the law
from humanitarian aid groups that said some provisions put them at risk of
being prosecuted for talking to terrorist organizations about nonviolent
activities.

Two groups use the name Freedom Road Socialist Organization, one based in
Chicago and one in New York. They split several years ago, and the New York
group said it was not targeted.The website for the Chicago group, which
describes itself as a "revolutionary socialist and Marxist-Leninist
organization," shows Kelly and Sundin have been affiliated with it. Kelly
edits FightBack!, a Minneapolis-based website and newspaper for the group.

Kelly's subpoena also commanded him to bring records he might have relating to
the Middle East and Colombia, along with "all records of any payment provided
directly or indirectly to Hatam Abudayyeh."

The subpoena did not further identify Abudayyeh, but FightBack has interviewed
and carried articles by a Hatam Abudayyeh who's the executive director of the
Chicago-based Arab American Action Network. Abudayyeh did not immediately
return a phone message left at his office.

Kelly said he went to Lebanon two years ago for a Palestinian solidarity
conference, and he's been on Colombian radio by phone from the U.S.

Sundin said she visited Colombia 10 years ago for a conference organized by a
social movement there in opposition to U.S. military aid.

Aby said she went to Palestine in 2002 and Colombia in 2004 and 2006 to meet
with activists. She said anyone who's an activist in those counties gets
labeled as a terrorist.

Both Sundin and Kelly were organizers of a mass march on the first day of the
Republican National Convention in St. Paul two years ago, and recently
appeared at a news conference to announce plans for another protest if
Minneapolis is selected to hold the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Police estimated the peaceful march in 2008 drew 10,000 protesters; organizers
put the figure at 30,000. Other protests were marked by destructive acts by
anarchists. More than 800 people were arrested during the four days of the
convention, including Sundin and Kelly.

Other Minnesota anti-war activists whose homes were searched included Anh
Pham, Sarah Martin and Tracy Molm, Dooley said. He said he didn't know whose
homes were searched in Chicago.

The FBI's spokesman in Chicago, Ross Rice, would only say two searches were
conducted Friday in Chicago and there were no arrests.

Asked about the reports, the U.S. Attorney's office spokesman in Chicago,
Randy Samborn, confirmed warrants were served in the city "in connection with
a law enforcement investigation." He also declined to provide details.

___

Associated Press Writers Michael Tarm in Chicago and Martiga Lohn in
Minneapolis contributed to this report.

Mr.B1ack
2010-09-26 02:23:08 EST
Geez ... pure undiluted fascist behavior.

Does anyone think there's ANYTHING truely "liberal"
about Barack Obama anymore ???


DogDiesel
2010-09-26 02:28:54 EST

"Mr.B1ack" <bw@barrk.net> wrote in message
news:fkpt96la75fgferqn17ktqg0afao5nrtlo@4ax.com...
> Geez ... pure undiluted fascist behavior.
>
> Does anyone think there's ANYTHING truely "liberal"
> about Barack Obama anymore ???


Hes a closet Nazi. Whos getting desperate. His true colors are coming out.
They are one and the same.



Keith
2010-09-26 02:48:48 EST
On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:52:22 -0600, Tyrone Robinson <double-r@soledad.com>
wrote in
[ alt.politics.obama ]:

> "These people have been activists all their lives," said Bob Hearst, who said
> he was a family friend. "I can't imagine why the FBI would have any interest
> in them."


Don't worry US anti-terrorism laws are so vague that prosecutors will
find something to pin on the suspects and a jury will happily find them
guilty when the government says the phrase, "middle east terrorists" in
it's opening statement to the jury.
--
Best Regards, Keith
http://home.comcast.net/~kilowattradio/

Butteye Jest
2010-09-26 05:10:57 EST
In article <i7mp7b$981$1@dogdiesel.eternal-september.org>,
"DogDiesel" <nospam@nospam.none> wrote:

> "Mr.B1ack" <bw@barrk.net> wrote in message
> news:fkpt96la75fgferqn17ktqg0afao5nrtlo@4ax.com...
> > Geez ... pure undiluted fascist behavior.
> >
> > Does anyone think there's ANYTHING truely "liberal"
> > about Barack Obama anymore ???
>
>
> Hes a closet Nazi. Whos getting desperate. His true colors are coming out.
> They are one and the same.


I haven't seen any truth out of right-wing scum.
If they are'nt misrepresenting the opposition, their lying about
everything.

--
Ole Butteye

Dakota
2010-09-26 05:12:24 EST
On Sun 9/26/10 1:48, Keith wrote:
> On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:52:22 -0600, Tyrone Robinson<double-r@soledad.com>
> wrote in
> [ alt.politics.obama ]:
>
>> "These people have been activists all their lives," said Bob Hearst, who said
>> he was a family friend. "I can't imagine why the FBI would have any interest
>> in them."
>
>
> Don't worry US anti-terrorism laws are so vague that prosecutors will
> find something to pin on the suspects and a jury will happily find them
> guilty when the government says the phrase, "middle east terrorists" in
> it's opening statement to the jury.

The USA Patriot Act should be repealed.

Nathan Bedford Forrest
2010-09-26 09:40:23 EST




They sound like odumbo's kind of people.

Odumbo LOVES community organizers with terrorist ties.
Just look at bill ayers and his beatnik wife.













On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:52:22 -0600, Tyrone Robinson
<double-r@soledad.com> wrote:

>http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/09/24/national/a094233D48.DTL
>
>FBI serves terrorism warrants in Minn., Chicago
>
>By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press Writer
>
>Friday, September 24, 2010
>
>The FBI said it searched eight addresses in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of
>a terrorism investigation Friday. Warrants suggest agents were looking for
>connections between local anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia
>and the Middle East.
>
>FBI spokesman Steve Warfield told The Associated Press agents served six
>warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago.
>
>"These were search warrants only," Warfield said. "We're not anticipating any
>arrests at this time. They're seeking evidence relating to activities
>concerning the material support of terrorism."
>
>The homes of longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin
>and Meredith Aby were among those searched, they said. All three were
>subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago: Aby on Oct. 5,
>Sundin on Oct. 12 and Kelly on Oct. 19.
>
>"The FBI is harassing anti-war organizers and leaders, folks who opposed U.S.
>intervention in the Middle East and Latin America," Kelly said before agents
>confiscated his cell phone.
>
>Sundin said she believes the searches are connected with the Minnesota
>Anti-War Committee's opposition to U.S. military aid to Colombia and Israel,
>as well as its opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
>
>"It's kind of outrageous that citizens of the United States could be targeted
>like this," Sundin said.
>
>In Chicago, the home of activists Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner,
>was searched by more than a dozen agents who carried out boxes full of their
>possessions — including their cell phones — and loaded them into a white van,
>the couple's attorney said.
>
>Stepping outside his house briefly as FBI agents searched inside, Iosbaker was
>clearly shaken when he told The Associated Press: "I have done nothing wrong."
>
>Their attorney, Melinda Power, said the warrant cited possible support, in her
>words, "for unnamed terrorist organizations." Iosbaker and Weiner were
>summoned to testify before a grand jury on Oct. 5.
>
>"These are people committed to social justice," Power said. "That is not a
>crime in this country."
>
>As news of the raid spread around the neighborhood, friends and fellow
>activists gathered outside the house and several sang John Lennon's, "Give
>Peace a Chance."
>
>"These people have been activists all their lives," said Bob Hearst, who said
>he was a family friend. "I can't imagine why the FBI would have any interest
>in them."
>
>Warfield said he couldn't comment on whose homes were searched or give details
>on why because it was an ongoing investigation. "There's no imminent threat to
>the community," he said.
>
>The Minneapolis searches were first reported by the Star Tribune.
>
>The warrant for Kelly's home, provided by his attorney, sought evidence on
>travel he did as part of his work for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization
>and information on any travel to Colombia, the Palestinian territories,
>Jordan, Syria or Israel. The warrant for Sundin's home was similar but
>included a slightly different list of targeted groups.
>
>Kelly's warrant also said agents sought information on contact with the
>Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Popular Front for the Liberation
>of Palestine and Hezbollah. The U.S. government considers those three groups
>terrorist organizations.
>
>"It appears to be a fishing expedition," said Kelly's attorney, Ted Dooley.
>"It seems like they're casting a huge seine or net into the political sea and
>see what they can drag up on shore and dry out. There's no rhyme or reason to
>it in a free society."
>
>The federal law cited in the search warrant prohibits "providing material
>support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations."
>
>"I'm having a hard time paying my rent," Kelly said. "There is no material
>support."
>
>In June, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a free-speech challenge to the law
>from humanitarian aid groups that said some provisions put them at risk of
>being prosecuted for talking to terrorist organizations about nonviolent
>activities.
>
>Two groups use the name Freedom Road Socialist Organization, one based in
>Chicago and one in New York. They split several years ago, and the New York
>group said it was not targeted.The website for the Chicago group, which
>describes itself as a "revolutionary socialist and Marxist-Leninist
>organization," shows Kelly and Sundin have been affiliated with it. Kelly
>edits FightBack!, a Minneapolis-based website and newspaper for the group.
>
>Kelly's subpoena also commanded him to bring records he might have relating to
>the Middle East and Colombia, along with "all records of any payment provided
>directly or indirectly to Hatam Abudayyeh."
>
>The subpoena did not further identify Abudayyeh, but FightBack has interviewed
>and carried articles by a Hatam Abudayyeh who's the executive director of the
>Chicago-based Arab American Action Network. Abudayyeh did not immediately
>return a phone message left at his office.
>
>Kelly said he went to Lebanon two years ago for a Palestinian solidarity
>conference, and he's been on Colombian radio by phone from the U.S.
>
>Sundin said she visited Colombia 10 years ago for a conference organized by a
>social movement there in opposition to U.S. military aid.
>
>Aby said she went to Palestine in 2002 and Colombia in 2004 and 2006 to meet
>with activists. She said anyone who's an activist in those counties gets
>labeled as a terrorist.
>
>Both Sundin and Kelly were organizers of a mass march on the first day of the
>Republican National Convention in St. Paul two years ago, and recently
>appeared at a news conference to announce plans for another protest if
>Minneapolis is selected to hold the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
>
>Police estimated the peaceful march in 2008 drew 10,000 protesters; organizers
>put the figure at 30,000. Other protests were marked by destructive acts by
>anarchists. More than 800 people were arrested during the four days of the
>convention, including Sundin and Kelly.
>
>Other Minnesota anti-war activists whose homes were searched included Anh
>Pham, Sarah Martin and Tracy Molm, Dooley said. He said he didn't know whose
>homes were searched in Chicago.
>
>The FBI's spokesman in Chicago, Ross Rice, would only say two searches were
>conducted Friday in Chicago and there were no arrests.
>
>Asked about the reports, the U.S. Attorney's office spokesman in Chicago,
>Randy Samborn, confirmed warrants were served in the city "in connection with
>a law enforcement investigation." He also declined to provide details.
>
>___
>
>Associated Press Writers Michael Tarm in Chicago and Martiga Lohn in
>Minneapolis contributed to this report.

Nathan Bedford Forrest
2010-09-26 09:41:40 EST
On Sun, 26 Sep 2010 04:12:24 -0500, Dakota <markp@NOSPAMmail.com>
wrote:

>On Sun 9/26/10 1:48, Keith wrote:
>> On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:52:22 -0600, Tyrone Robinson<double-r@soledad.com>
>> wrote in
>> [ alt.politics.obama ]:
>>
>>> "These people have been activists all their lives," said Bob Hearst, who said
>>> he was a family friend. "I can't imagine why the FBI would have any interest
>>> in them."
>>
>>
>> Don't worry US anti-terrorism laws are so vague that prosecutors will
>> find something to pin on the suspects and a jury will happily find them
>> guilty when the government says the phrase, "middle east terrorists" in
>> it's opening statement to the jury.
>
>The USA Patriot Act should be repealed.


Liberals would love to repeal patriotism. They want to make
everyone communist.




Phlip
2010-09-26 10:52:22 EST
On Sep 26, 6:40 am, Nathan Bedford Forrest <N...@AOL.COM> wrote:
> They sound like odumbo's kind of people.
>
> Odumbo LOVES community organizers with terrorist ties.
> Just look at bill ayers and his beatnik wife.

Meanwhile, Bush's BF Karl Rove has his signature on early papers
launching Al Taqua, the Muslim Brotherhood Bank that financed the 9/11
terror attacks.

Or, do you, a self-declared white supremacist, suddenly _like_ Muslims
& Arabs now??

Ray Fischer
2010-09-26 13:48:08 EST
Nathan Bedford Forrest <NBF@AOL.COM> wrote:
>On Sun, 26 Sep 2010 04:12:24 -0500, Dakota <markp@NOSPAMmail.com>
>wrote:
>
>>On Sun 9/26/10 1:48, Keith wrote:
>>> On Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:52:22 -0600, Tyrone Robinson<double-r@soledad.com>
>>> wrote in
>>> [ alt.politics.obama ]:
>>>
>>>> "These people have been activists all their lives," said Bob Hearst, who said
>>>> he was a family friend. "I can't imagine why the FBI would have any interest
>>>> in them."
>>>
>>>
>>> Don't worry US anti-terrorism laws are so vague that prosecutors will
>>> find something to pin on the suspects and a jury will happily find them
>>> guilty when the government says the phrase, "middle east terrorists" in
>>> it's opening statement to the jury.
>>
>>The USA Patriot Act should be repealed.
>
>Liberals would love to repeal patriotism.

The counhtry was founded by liberals, rightard.

--
Ray Fischer
r*r@sonic.net

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