|The Atlanta International Action Center urges you to attend a protest/press conference TUESDAY, SEPT. 28 at NOON at the Richard Russell Building, 75 Spring St, 30303 – downtown at the corner of Spring and MLK, 2 blocks from the 5 Points MARTA station.Please bring signs and banners demanding :
**Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists.
**Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.
**End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.
And if you are unable to come, please
Under the pretext of investigating “terrorism,” the government’s agents seized computers, cellphones, political leaflets and other printed materials. The people targeted are well-known leaders of anti-war, solidarity and student organizations such as the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee, Students for a Democratic Society and Freedom Road Socialist Organization. The FBI has contacted people in California, N. Carolina and Wisconsin as part of the same “investigation.”
While no one has been arrested as of yet, a dozen or so activists have been issued subpoenas ordering them to testify before a grand jury in Chicago.
Perhaps Blake says it best:
Once meek, and in a perilous path,
The just man kept his course along
The vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow.
And on the barren heath
Sing the honey bees.
Then the perilous path was planted:
And a river, and a spring
On every cliff and tomb;
And on the bleached bones
Red clay brought forth.
I read the above and expect any day to come home and find our house ransacked, just because we dared voice certain opinions about depleted uranium, for instance. Is this reasonable? Probably not – but such FBI bullying tactics work pretty well.
For anyone with even less stomach lining than me might read the above story, and decide to never blog or voice any sort of opinion in the first place.
I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the point of the FBI’s little stunt.