Oct 11, 2010
The FBI raided homes of anti-war activists in cities in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and North Carolina. It used, as a pretext, a recent Supreme Court ruling, supported by the Obama administration, that widened the definition of “providing material support for terrorism” to include writing and speaking in support of groups the government considers “terrorist.”
In Minneapolis and Chicago alone, FBI agents served subpoenas to 14 activists to appear before a grand jury to face possible indictment. So far the list of groups targeted includes the Minnesota Anti-War Committee, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Students for a Democratic Society, the Palestine Solidarity Group, and the Colombian Action Network.
What these groups have done from the beginning is to oppose the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to expose the effects of the wars on U.S. soldiers and the populations of those countries, to oppose incursions by the U.S. into Pakistan, and Yemen, and to expose the U.S. support for oppressive regimes in Israel and Central and South America.
The raids are intended to silence anyone who might oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, incursions by the U.S. into Pakistan, Yemen and a number of countries in Central and South America.
Labeling anti-war activists as “terrorists,” with the threat of long prison sentences and harsh “interrogation” methods is aimed at shutting up all criticism of the wars!