[Ppnews] New bill slams FBI raids of Minneapolis activists

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New bill slams FBI raids of Minneapolis activists

By <http://blogs.citypages.com/author.php?author_id=1812>Nick Pinto, 
Tue., Oct. 19 2010 @ 11:46AM
http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/10/new_bill_slams.php

The Bureau is taking heat for its raids on Minnesota activists.
 From the moment FBI agents and local police 
<http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/09/fbi_searches_si.php>raided 
their homes last month looking for evidence of ties to overseas 
terrorist groups, Twin Cities peace activists have been calling the 
actions part of a government intimidation campaign.

They have 
<http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/10/activists_raide_1.php>refused 
to testify in the Chicago grand jury for which they received 
subpoenas, and have kept the spotlight on their case with a series of 
rallies and protests.

Now they're getting politicians into the act. This week a 
<http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS86/2/HF0006.0.pdf>resolution 
was brought forward in the Minnesota Legislature's special session 
condemning the raids and subpoenas. Rep. Karen Clark and Sen. Linda 
Berglin sponsored the bill, which has been referred to the Rules Committee.

The resolution calls the raids "arbitrary and capricious" and 
compares them to the Palmer Raids of the 1920s, Joe McCarthy's 
un-American activities hearings, and the FBI's COINTELPRO harassment 
program of the 1960s and '70s.

The activists and their supporters are also 
<http://www.wkbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13347070>asking Sen. Amy 
Klobuchar to introduce a similar resolution at the federal level.

"There's no question that keeping this in the public eye is a big 
part of our strategy," said Jess Sundin, one of the Minnesota 
activists who received a subpoena. "We've been getting a lot of 
support so far."

Sundin and the others under investigation are still waiting to see if 
they will receive a second-round of subpoenas. If they refuse to 
testify a second time -- which they have pledged to do -- they will 
face jail time.




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