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Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project: A Supremely Bad Supreme Court Decision

Revolution Newspaper:

Attorneys and the activists who were subpoenaed by a federal grand jury after the FBI raids in late September have pointed out that they "fear that the government may be seeking to use the recent Supreme Court decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project to attack conduct that clearly falls under the realm of freedom of speech and that we never imagined could be construed as 'material support for terrorism.'" ("Grand Juries," by Committee to Stop FBI Repression.)


FBI Raids on Antiwar Activists – In the Age of Obama: Criminalizing Political Opposition to U.S. Aggression

In late September, FBI agents carried out coordinated early morning raids on the office of the Anti-War Committee in Minneapolis and on seven homes in Minneapolis and Chicago. At some homes, the FBI had guns drawn. The raids were aimed at people active in the antiwar movement; the Colombian and Palestinian solidarity movements; and Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). The home of the executive director of a Chicago social service agency, Arab American Action Network, was raided.

The warrants authorizing the raid claimed that the Joint Terrorism Task Force (which includes the FBI) was seeking evidence in an ongoing investigation into "material support of terrorism."


Gregory Koger Released on Appeal Bond - Support Still Needed

Jazz for JusticeFrom the Ad Hoc Committee for Reason--

We have exciting news!  The Appellate Court of Illinois has granted Gregory's motion for bond pending appeal, and Gregory was released this evening! In accepting the motion, the Court acknowledges the fact that Gregory is not a flight risk, that he is not a 'danger to the community,' and furthermore that his appeal raises substantial questions of law or fact "likely to result in reversal or a new trial."


Call for the 15th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation October 22, 2010: UNITE TO FIGHT!

October 22nd LogoHundreds of people from around the country marched in Detroit to express their pain and outrage at the police shooting of seven-year old Aiyana Jones, killed during a police raid while she was sleeping in her home.  Hundreds more will march on the Department of Justice in Washington DC on September 25th for the Redeem Aiyana’s Dream March, coordinated on the same day with the Mothers Taking a Stand Against Police Brutality and Gun Violence rally taking place in Oakland, CA for Aiyana Jones and Oscar Grant.


Congress Defends Murder of American Peace Activist and Other War Crimes

by: Stephen Zunes 

Despite revelations from a detailed investigation by a special commission of the United Nations Human Rights Council confirming that Israel committed war crimes, the overwhelming majority of both Republican and Democratic members of Congress remain on record defending the Israeli attack as legitimate self-defense. This is particularly striking given evidence presented in the report that five of the nine people killed, including a 19-year-old US citizen, were murdered - shot execution-style by Israeli commandos.


Activists Exercise "Right Not to Participate" In "Fishing Expedition"

From revcom.us

At 7 am on Friday, September 24, 2010, scores of FBI agents conducted coordinated raids on homes in Chicago and Minneapolis, as well as the office of the Minnesota Anti-War Committee and one other organization (see "FBI Raids Anti-War Activists' Homes in Midwest," Revolution #213, September 27, 2010). While there were no arrests or charges, activists had their homes and offices ransacked, in some cases for hours, and had their personal and political effects seized by the FBI. In addition, subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury in Chicago were issued to 14 activists. The FBI also attempted to question activists the same day in San Jose, California, Durham, North Carolina, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Latest reports from Minneapolis are that FBI agents went to several more activists' homes on October 6 and 7.


President Barack “Midnight Raid” Obama: End Your Wars at Home and Abroad

By Glen Ford

Last week’s FBI raids likely signal that the Obama regime has begun a major campaign to criminalize and crush the Left. Think COINTELPRO, 21st century-style. President Obama, the constitutional rights lawyer who claims the right to kill at will, seeks to strangle the activist opposition to his wars and pro-Wall Street policies. “For targets not marked for oblivion, there awaits a grand jury with boundless powers to ensnare anyone.”


Progressive Dissent Is in the FBI's Crosshairs

By Lydia Howell

Is free speech worth the constitutional paper it’s written on?

After the September 26 FBI raids on peace activists’ homes in Minneapolis, Chicago and North Carolina, it appears to depend on who’s speaking and what they’re saying.


Anti-War Activists: "We Have Nothing to Say to a Grand Jury"

We received the following statement from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression:

Tom Burke
Committee To Stop FBI Repression

Chicago, October 5th, 2010, five anti-war and international solidarity activists from Chicago and Minneapolis announced they are invoking their 5th amendment right to not testify in front of a Grand Jury investigation.


Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back

GPS deviceBy Kim Zetter

A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do.

It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back, the student told Wired.com in an interview Wednesday.


Reality And Morality: Standing Up To Repressive Forces While Standing Up For Humanity

By Jill McLaughlin
My decision to help Otto was because I saw no alternative. I could foresee many sleepless nights and an unhappy life if I refused. And that was not the kind of failure I wanted for myself. Permanent remorse about failing to do your human duty, in my opinion, can be worse than losing your life.
- Miep Gies on why she took on the responsibility of helping the family of Anne Frank


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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.