[Ppnews] New bill slams FBI raids of Minneapolis activists
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Tue Oct 19 14:49:25 EDT 2010
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
The Bureau is taking heat for its raids on Minnesota activists.
From the moment FBI agents and local police
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.
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
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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