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Supreme Court ruling makes ‘it a crime to work for peace and human rights’: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

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  • Coleen Rowley: Important! June 2010 Supreme Court ruling is major legal factor that contributes to making fishing expeditions [like last Friday's (Sep 25) FBI raids against Minneapolis and Chicago peace activists] possible.
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  • Illinois, Minnesota Anti-War Activists Accuse FBI Of Intimidation
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Raw Story

Group: Former President Carter could be prosecuted for monitoring fair elections in Lebanon.

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The US Supreme Court endorsed Monday (Sep 27) a broad reading of the law criminalizing "material support" to terrorism, a statute that critics argue targets legitimate free speech.

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In a six to three vote, the highest US court sided with the government and found that an NGO could face prosecution for providing non-terror-related support, including rights training, to US-designated terror groups.

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Rowley: Important! June 2010 Supreme Ct ruling is major legal factor that contributes to making fishing expedition possible, Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest
The Patriot Act was broadly interpreted (I and other civil liberties legal associations would say misinterpreted) in this June Supreme Court ruling (as the Supreme Court is now stacked with Federalist Society members who believe in a “war powers” unitary executive).  When this decision came down in June of this year, Prof David Cole warned of this exact outcome.  Jimmy Carter or Greg Mortenson could be next.   More people need to speak out and write.

Illinois, Minnesota Anti-War Activists Accuse FBI Of Intimidation, Karen Hawkins, Associated Press/Huffington Post

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  • Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they've been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. funding of conflicts abroad. They denied any wrongdoing.
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  • Inspector General Criticism Doesn't Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists
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  • Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists
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Illinois, Minnesota Anti-War Activists Accuse FBI Of Intimidation

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  • Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they've been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. funding of conflicts abroad. They denied any wrongdoing.
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  • Inspector General Criticism Doesn't Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists
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  • Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists
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Karen Hawkins, Associated Press/Huffington Post

Two anti-war activists said Saturday (Sep 25) that a 12-hour search of their Chicago home by the FBI was an attempt to intimidate them and silence the peace movement.

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Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they've been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. funding of conflicts abroad. They denied any wrongdoing.

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

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Inspector General Criticism Doesn't Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists, Coleen Rowley, Huffington Post
The war on dissent, rather than terrorism, continued full steam with FBI SWAT teams breaking down doors at 7 am Friday (Sept 24) morning and raiding 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. 

Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

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  • FBI cites terror link in raids of local activists
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  • The FBI confiscates picture of Martin Luther King!!
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Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists

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  • FBI cites terror link in raids of local activists
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  • The FBI confiscates picture of Martin Luther King!!
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Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

The FBI seems to be busy intimidating peace-loving, nonviolent antiwar activists who, for patriotic reasons, oppose the illegal US-led wars and the blatant American empire-building and greed for oil that underlies the wars.

Please read the Star and Tribune's report on the FBI's harrassment efforts and then take appropriate action.

One wonders if there is a certain amount of cowardice among our "national security" organizations that seem to prefer easy and safe missions such as targeting mellow pot smokers or harrassing nonviolent antiwar activists or spying on peaceful people who travel to oppressed third world countries rather than going after dangerous violent lawbreakers who might have guns to defend themselves!

It looks like peace and justice activists including those going on fact-finding and solidarity missions to Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas, the Philippines, East Timor, Palestine, etc etc are now fair game for legal (though hardly ethical) gestapo-type surveillence and terrorist tactics. Anybody doing their patriotic duty by opposing the US's blatant empire-building may be in deep trouble with those charged to protect, rather than harass, US citizens.

One wonders where our "To Protect and Serve" local police departments on this issue. Can we count on our local law enforcers to really protect their peace-loving citizens and refuse to obey illegal, unconstitutional, unethical and unjust orders that come from the FBI or the extrajudicial waterboarding and torturing that the CIA is infamous for?

I think everybody would like to hear from the local "authorities" not to mention the Dept of Justice on this issue.

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[TCPCMn] Press Conference re FBI raids, TCPCMn@yahoogroups.com

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Chante Wolf

Press Conference to Denounce FBI Raids on Anti-war and Solidarity Activists Homes in Minneapolis and around Country

Subpoenas, Searches, and FBI visits carried out in cities across the country.

Press Conference:  September 24, 2010    4 pm

Location:  2911 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

Anti-war activists and supporters will gather at 4pm at one of the homes raided to speak out against the outrageous FBI raids that took place this morning in Minneapolis and around the U.S.

Activists will denounce the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists in several states across the country.  The FBI began turning over six houses in Chicago and Minneapolis this morning, Friday, October 24, 2010, at 7:00 am central time.  The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to about a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan.  They also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

"This is a blatant attempt by the FBI to silence activists who struggle for peace and justice.  Standing in solidarity with people fighting against US imperialism is not a crime!" stated Meredith Aby of the Anti-War Committee, one of the activist's whose home was raided.

"The government hopes to use a grand jury to frame up activists. The goal of these raids is to harass and try to intimidate the movement against U.S. wars and occupations, and those who oppose U.S. support for repressive regimes," said Colombia solidarity activist Tom Burke, one of those handed a subpoena by the FBI in Michigan. "They are designed to suppress dissent and free speech, to divide the peace movement, and to pave the way for more U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and Latin America."

This suppression of democratic rights is aimed towards those who dedicate much of their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war.  The activists are involved with well-known anti-war groups including many of the leaders of the huge protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN in September 2008.  The FBI agents emphasized that the grand jury was going to investigate the activists for possible terrorism charges.  This is a U.S. government attempt to silence those who support resistance to oppression in the Middle East and Latin America.

Press Conference is organized by the Anti-War Committee, and supporting organizations WAMM, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Welfare Rights Committee.

Press Contacts:

Jess Sundin, 612-865-8234;  Mick Kelly 612-296-5649;  Deb Konechne 612-816-4321

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Summary: Holding Political Leadership Accountable Before the Law: Week of September 26

"In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy." Justice Louis Brandeis

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  • New York Times demands criminal investigation of Bush officials
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  • Other Countries Probing Bush-era Torture — Why Aren't We?
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Nate Beeler

New York Times demands criminal investigation of Bush officials, IndictBushNow.org
Medical experiments conducted on torture victims

Other Countries Probing Bush-era Torture — Why Aren't We? Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers, in Common Dreams
"That's part of why we're so concerned. The Obama administration, rather than investigate the abuses of the last eight years, has increasingly become an obstacle to accountability."

A step backwards on privacy, Anthony D. Romero, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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  • The Obama administration is proposing its own changes to Electronic Communications Privacy Act ECPA aimed at weakening—not strengthening—your personal on-line privacy.
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  • The administration's plan would allow government officials to obtain more of your personal information using warrantless National Security Letters, without going to court and without any suspicion of wrongdoing.
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Court Dismisses a Case Asserting Torture by C.I.A., Charlie Savage, New York Times | NY

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  • The Obama national security team has also authorized the C.I.A. to try to kill a United States citizen suspected of terrorism ties, blocked efforts by detainees in Afghanistan to bring habeas corpus lawsuits challenging the basis for their imprisonment without trial, and continued the C.I.A.’s so-called extraordinary rendition program of prisoner transfers — though the administration has forbidden torture and says it seeks assurances from other countries that detainees will not be mistreated.
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  • Torture Is a Crime, Not a Secret
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VA to execute first woman in nearly a century


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The U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Bob McDonnell declined to intervene. All her legal appeals have been exhausted, her attorney said.

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Steve Szkotak, Associated Press

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File - This 2007 file photo provided by newsPRos shows Teresa Lewis, 41, is scheduled to die by injection Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 for trading sex and money in the hired killings of her husband and stepson in October 2002. Virginia's governor has rejected a request to reconsider clemency for Lewis, leaving only the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the state's first execution of a woman in nearly a century. (AP Photo/newsPRos, File)

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Virginia was moving forward Thursday (Sep 23) with its first execution of a woman in nearly a century amid appeals from the European Union and repercussions that reached as far away as Iran.

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Teresa Lewis, 41, was scheduled to die by injection at 9 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt for the October 2002 hired killings of her husband and stepson. To procure the hit men, prosecutors said, she used sex, cash and a promised cut of the insurance benefits the killings would reap her.

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