[Ppnews] FBI Admits Utah Grand Jury May Lead to ALF “Sympathy Attacks”

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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 
<http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705290644,00.html>FBI is 
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."

Write him:

Jordan Halliday #324013
c/o Salt Lake County Metro Jail
3415 S. 900 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84119

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