Re: FBI Raids on Anti-War Activists

Coleen Rowley, former FBI Special Agent:

The “FBI SWAT teams br[oke] down doors at 7 am Friday (Sept 24) morning and raid[ed] the homes of several anti-war leaders and activists in Minneapolis, Chicago and possibly a couple other Midwest cities.  Members of the FBI’s ‘Joint Terrorism Task Force’ spent a few hours at each Minneapolis residence, seizing personal photographs and papers, computers and cell phones as well as serving Federal Grand Jury subpoenas on the various activists.”

A summary, overall: “You can almost argue that a protest against the ‘war on terror’ is a terrorist act.”  One quote.  One mentality.  One goal (regardless of history/law).  COINTELPRO activities against “subversives” did not end with the Church Committee – and, FISA was only updated as a means of Retroactively providing Immunity to felonious crimes which took place on a national scale (as directed from the Oval Office).  “Directives” to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” remain – some hidden, some clear, yet obviously unabated.

Homegrown Terrorists”:

During the Orwellian labeling, fear, and panic incitements of the Bush administration, All of us understood an overt message: You Are Under Suspicion/We Are Watching You.  ‘All of us’ included the millions who spoke out or dissented, peacefully and patriotically, against . . . the highest levels of Executive abuses.  Those oppressive and regressive measures which [purposely] made average activists feel as if they could be arrested at any time, solely because the President viewed their protests (clarified in the Constitution/Bill of Rights) as ‘unpatriotic’ expressions possibly worthy of an ‘Enemy Combatant’ designation, served, without a doubt, to enhance certain senses: Our guaranteed Freedoms and Rights are only illusionary and/or temporary (depending on who is in power/what agenda currently prevails).

HUAC, in the present (through modern scales): “The war on dissent, rather than terrorism, continue[s] full steam.”  Is it disloyal to be ashamed, and outspoken, when our country is guilty of the following? : Secret Evidence.  Secret Accusers.  Secret Locations.  Secret (Tortured Confession) Methods.  Secret Sentences.  Secrets of the State.

Is it reasonable to be covertly, as well as openly, harassed into a voiceless (submissive) acceptance of the latter?  If so, to what country are we referring?

National Lawyers Guild Hotline

Winston Smith Rectifies Enemy Belligerents

Enhanced (Definitions of) Interrogations (Torture)

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19 Responses to Re: FBI Raids on Anti-War Activists

  1. I am so glad to see someone acknowledge that Cointelpro didn’t end in the 1970s, only to start up again with the Patriot Act. We had major problems with Cointelpro in Seattle in the 1980s. In 1981 the FBI collaborated with Marcos agents to assassinate Filipino cannery workers and union organizers Domingo and Viernes. Then they broke up CISPES twice. When it shut down a second time in 1986, I became involved in a campaign to create an African American Museum – which is when my problems really started. I write about all this in my recent memoir THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN REFUGEE ( I currently live in exile in New Zealand.

  2. seaclearly says:

    Re: Obama’s Blame Game
    “[I]f people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place…. The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.”

    “[I]f [Obama] now want[s] to [ridicule the Public Option supporters], that tells [us] [he wasn’t] serious [or believable] in the first place.”

    “[I]f [Obama] [continues] to [be just as oppressive toward Civil Liberties as Bush II], that tells [us] [he wasn’t] serious [or truthful] in the first place.”

    “[I]f [Obama] [proceeds] to [escalate the State Secrets veil, even beyond Cheney], that tells [us] [he wasn’t] serious [or trustworthy] in the first place.”

    “The idea that we’ve got [so much] enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are [outraged and] complaining [about a Deficit Commission hellbent on cutting Social Security], is just [rational].”

    “The idea that we’ve got [so much] enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are [up in arms] complaining [about us selling out Net Neutrality like everything else], is just [expected].”

    “The idea that we . . . got a [president who only used] enthusiasm [as a PR ploy with] the Democratic base, that [he obviously] sit[s] on [his] hands [without] complaining [about the status quo], is [distinctly] irresponsible [– and wholly revealing].”

  3. seaclearly says:

    Dear Madam Speaker:

    Consistent with Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), I have sent to the Federal Register the enclosed notice, stating that the emergency declared with respect to the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, is to continue in effect for an additional year.

    The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2010, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.


  4. seaclearly says:

    Surveillance, America’s Pastime

    “[T]he group conducting the training (part of a radical environmental network) was nonviolent, but should be considered dangerous anyway.” “To spell it out: this counterterrorist monitoring institute was providing public-relations alerts for private energy companies at tax-payer expense.”

  5. seaclearly says:

    Unionists Speak Out Against FBI Attacks on Civil Liberties

  6. seaclearly says:

    Re: When Banks Are the Robbers by Amy Goodman

    “[W]holesale [nationwide] fraud against homeowners and the courts” is revealed. “[A]ttorneys general from all 50 states announced a bipartisan joint investigation into foreclosure fraud.” “Foreclosure proceedings” are “suspended.” “Then the Obama administration signaled that it was not supporting a foreclosure moratorium.” “Foreclosure operations” resume.

    Exactly what would have happened under Bush II.

    “When President Obama was running for president, he said one of the first things he’ll do is put a moratorium on foreclosures” and champion “bankruptcy reform.” Once in office: ‘Well, you know, we don’t want to upset the market.’

    Exactly the kind of 180s which took place after Bush (“I don’t think our troops ought to be used for what’s called nation-building”) II took (emphasis on took) office.

    Senator Obama, during the campaign: “If a mandate was a solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everyone buy a house.” President Obama, after the success of all the secret deals with corporations(?): “[Since] a mandate was a solution, we [can now] try that to solve homelessness by mandating everyone buy a house.”

    Exactly what would have happened under Bush II.

    And yes, Press Secretary Gibbs might be appalled by this truthful commentary, and go on a ridiculing offense. Exactly what Dana Perino, et al, would have done.

  7. seaclearly says:

    Coleen Rowley: The two Uptake videos (of Minneapolis and Chicago protests) are embedded in my piece:

    Who is listening, learning, and changing? : “I’m trying to tell them that it is not good practice to alienate the public and your reliable sources of good information.”!/album.php?fbid=1644084661691&id=1224101604&aid=2083367

    • seaclearly says:

      Edward R. Murrow:
      “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.”

      “We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

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