[Ppnews] FBI Admits Utah Grand Jury May Lead to ALF Sympathy Attacks
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Tue Mar 17 10:59:14 EDT 2009
Admits Utah Grand Jury May Lead to ALF "Sympathy Attacks"
Posted: 16 Mar 2009 06:30 AM PDT
An animal rights activist in Utah, Jordan Halliday, has been jailed
for refusing to testify about his political beliefs and associations
before a grand jury. [Here's some
on the Utah grand jury]. In response, the FBI is going into Orwellian
overdrive. Here are two ways the public statements by the FBI and
prosecutors about this "animal rights terrorism" case just don't add up:
* Feds says Halliday is "making a mockery of the rule of law" as
they use a draconian, secret court. Halliday was found in contempt of
court for refusing to testify before a grand jury, a secret
proceeding where witnesses are not allowed to have attorneys present.
His attorney asserted Halliday's First Amendment right to free
association, and suggested that the government has used illegal
surveillance tactics. It is the FBI and prosecutors, not Halliday,
who are making a mockery of the law.
* Feds say they're preventing crime, and admit they're inspiring
animal rights activists were arrested as "terrorists" for allegedly
raiding fur farms, and the Feds says this grand jury will bring
additional criminals to justice. Yet the
already warning of "sympathy attacks" by groups like the Animal
Liberation Front. In other words, the FBI acknowledges that going
after lawful, above-ground activists, and jailing them for refusing
to participate in political witch hunts, will actually inspire more
illegal activity. If FBI agents know that targeting above-ground
activists leads to underground crimes, yet they continue to do so, it
shows that the real target isn't the ALF: it's First Amendment activity.
When Halliday's attorney was asked if jail time will change his
decision to not cooperate, he replied: "I understand it's not going
to change anything. He's adamant about his position."
Jordan Halliday #324013
c/o Salt Lake County Metro Jail
3415 S. 900 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
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