FBI Targets Midwest Area Activists

… but hey, what’s not to like? After all, they had warrants. And all they took in the featured raid in the linked article were “address books, family calendars, artwork and personal letters” … probably times 23, as that is how many people were eventually subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald… yes, that Patrick Fitzgerald… to appear before his grand jury. (All 23 invoked their right not to testify.)


What is all this about? In its classic one-sentence paragraphs, that fine birdcage liner, the WaPo (link above), explains it to us:

Investigators, according to search warrants, documents and interviews, are examining possible “material support” for Colombian and Palestinian groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorists.

The apparent targets, all vocal and visible critics of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South America, deny any ties to terrorism. They say the government, using its post-9/11 focus on terrorism as a pretext, is targeting them for their political views.

They are “public non-violent activists with long, distinguished careers in public service, including teachers, union organizers and antiwar and community leaders,” said Michael Deutsch, a Chicago lawyer and part of a legal team defending those who believe they are being targeted by the investigation.

The message is clear: Cross the Obama administration, and they will see to it that you are prosecuted for doing so.

You Obama supporters out there… are you still hoping for change?

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