Police State Repression

FBI RAIDS ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS HOMES IN MIDWEST

This article originally appeared on the site of Revolution newspaper

At 7 am on Friday, September 24, 2010, scores of FBI agents raided two homes in Chicago and the Anti-War Committee Office and five residences in Minneapolis. Altogether subpoenas to testify before a Federal Grand Jury in Chicago were issued to eleven activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. According to on-line accounts, the FBI also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.
 
The FBI spokesman in Minneapolis was quoted in the Chicago Tribune, "The warrants are seeking evidence in support of an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism." This was a charge which activists immediately dismissed as illegitimate and unjustified. No arrests have been made and the FBI admitted that there was no "imminent danger" to the public. The warrants and subpoenas raise travel to a host of countries and unspecified relation to U.S .government's designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO's), specifically the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

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Protest Friday's FBI Raids on Activist Homes & Offices

By Debra Sweet

Political Repression Alert

It's outrageous that the Obama administation is carrying forward the political repression of the Bush regime, and is searching, raiding homes, issuing subpoenaes, arresting, prosecuting, and imprisoning political activsts for speech and activities aimed at exposing and stopping unjust and immoral actions of the government.  As we've covered in this newsletter, in many ways the Obama administration is doing even worse on civil liberties than the Bush regime did.

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Free Gregory Koger!

Judge Slams Videographer with 300 Days in Jail

 
This article originally appeared on the site of Revolution newspaper
 
On September 8, more than 40 people came to the Cook County Courthouse in Skokie, IL, to support Gregory Koger at his sentencing hearing. Gregory was arrested in November 2009 at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC) when he was videotaping a short statement by Sunsara Taylor.
 
Gregory was videotaping Sunsara Taylor's statement for her protection—that is, so there would be an accurate record of what she had said. And for that "crime," the police grabbed, beat and maced him, leaving him with lacerations and contusions.

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Innocent Videographer Sentenced to 300 Days in Cook County Jail

GregoryWe received this statement from the Ad Hoc Committee for Reason and Dropping the Charges:

Today, September 8, 2010, in Skokie IL, the judge sentenced Gregory Koger to 300 days in Cook County jail.  She did this in the face of 7 character witnesses (including a college professor, a former assistant state's attorney, a Catholic priest, a University of Chicago student Gregory mentored, and his employer, an attorney) and 25 written personal testimonials from a wide array of people, including former Ethical Humanist Society members.  These were all moving tributes to Gregory's character, his transformation from a troubled youth, his morality and his devotion to bettering humanity.   These statements painted a picture of a human being who had touched many lives and inspired people. They and the almost 1,000 signatories and comments on a petition called on the judge to not give Gregory jail time.

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Republic of Fear

By Bill Quigley

Since September 11, 2001, fear has been the main engine of change in the United  States.  Who would have thought that across the US, where people boast that it  is the home of the free and the land of the brave, people would gladly surrender  their freedom and liberty because they so fear terrorism?

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Show Me Your Papers, New York!

By Margaret Kimberley

The biggest risk created by bus travel used to be nothing worse than having a talkative, strange person in the next seat. Today a bus passenger in western New York might be awakened in the wee hours by a Border Patrol agent, flashlight in hand, who asks, “Where were you born?” If the passenger in question is white, that will probably be the end of the conversation, if not a search, an arrest or a deportation may take place.

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Free Gregory Koger! Videotaping is not a crime - Gregory should do no time!

Gregory KogerSign this petition for Gregory Koger, scheduled to be sentenced on September 8th.

After 9 months of vengeful and unrelenting pursuit of a conviction by the Cook County (Illinois) State’s Attorney and the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC), videographer Gregory Koger was found guilty on August 26th of trespass, resisting a police officer, and battery for the “crime” of videotaping a brief but newsworthy statement by Sunsara Taylor at the EHSC.

Gregory was maced and brutalized during the arrest, and this was acknowledged by police at trial, yet he was the one charged and now found guilty. 

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Civil Rights Groups Challenge Targeted Killing By U.S.

Targeted AssasinationPress release from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights:

NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) today filed a lawsuit challenging the government's asserted authority to carry out “targeted killings” of U.S. citizens located far from any armed conflict zone.

The authority contemplated by the Obama administration is far broader than what the Constitution and international law allow, the groups charge.
 

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Free Gregory Koger - Not Only is he Innocent, Gregory is Righteous!

 by Sunsara Taylor 

There is no justice in the outrageous conviction of Gregory Koger on charges of trespass, resisting arrest, and battery for the “crime” of videotaping a statement I gave at the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago after they dis-invited me from a long scheduled presentation I was to give on November 1st, 2009.

Gregory Koger is not only innocent of all charges he has now been convicted of, he is a righteous and beautiful human being who all people seeking to live an ethical life should support as well as learn deeply from.
 

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Outrageous Verdict! Videographer Found Guilty, Taken Directly to Jail

From Friends and Supporters of Gregory Kroger

After 9 months of vengeful and unrelenting pursuit of a conviction by the Cook County (Illinois) State’s Attorney and the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC), videographer Gregory Koger was found guilty today of trespass, resisting a police officer, and battery for the “crime” of videotaping a brief but newsworthy statement by Sunsara Taylor at the EHSC.
 
Gregory was maced and brutalized during the arrest, and this was acknowledged by police at trial, yet he was the one charged and now found guilty. 
 

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Criminalizing Dissent: When Courage Is the Moral Imperative

 By Jill McLaughlin

When I think of the Supreme Court ruling that came down on June 21st in the Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, case No. 08-1498, Tom Morello’s song The Iron Wheel comes to mind. 

 
Sometimes they'll tell you to just sit still
When you know that it's time to run
Sometimes they'll tell you it's all over
When you're sure that it's just begun

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