[Ppnews] Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists Denounce FBI Infiltration

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Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists Denounce FBI Infiltration.

By Committee to Stop FBI Repression  Posted by Kevin Gosztola
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Anti-War-and-International-by-Committee-to-Stop-110112-973.html

The anti-war and international solidarity activists who are being 
called before a grand jury in Chicago have learned that beginning a 
few months before the protests against the Republican National 
Convention in the 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota, a law enforcement 
officer infiltrated the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee (AWC). The 
infiltrator went by the name Karen Sullivan, joined the AWC in April 
2008, and about a year later she joined the Freedom Road Socialist 
Organization.

Misty Rowan, of the Anti-War Committee, said, "The AWC played an 
important role in organizing the permitted march on the Republican 
National Convention on September 1, 2008, and also organized a rally 
and march on the fourth day of the convention. We can only assume 
that this First Amendment protected organizing was the reason that 
this agent, Karen Sullivan, infiltrated the AWC. It is the same kind 
of infiltration criticized in the October 2010 inspector general 
report and highlighted in the recent release of documents from the 
Richmond, Virginia, police, where any sort of assembly is defined as 
a disturbance and threat."

Jess Sundin, of the Anti-War Committee, said; "This professional liar 
posed as a fellow activist for two and a half years, and acted as if 
she was our friend. She spent time around my child, and even attended 
a small BBQ to celebrate my release from the hospital after I 
survived a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in April of last year. This 
event had no investigative value. By attending personal events like 
this, she showed how unprincipled she was."

In the summer of 2009, the agent signed up to go on a solidarity trip 
to Palestine. Three members of the delegation were denied entry at 
the Tel Aviv airport and eventually sent back to the U.S., Sarah 
Martin, Katrina Plotz and the agent. We have now learned that on the 
word of this agent, these political activists were prevented from 
witnessing first-hand what is paid for with U.S. tax dollars in 
Israel and the Occupied Territories.

In conversations between our attorneys and the prosecutor's office in 
Chicago, we have had confirmation that Karen Sullivan was in fact a 
law enforcement officer working undercover.

It now appears that the investigation of the U.S. Attorney is focused 
on small donations to the daycare and women's center projects of the 
Union of Palestinian Women's Committees, an NGO registered with the 
Palestinian Authority with local offices in towns across the the West 
Bank and Gaza. The Union is a progressive women's organization that 
strives to build respect for women's rights.

Steff Yorek, of Freedom Road Socialist Organization said, "We are 
appalled that we were infiltrated by police agents, targeted for our 
political organizing and views. This violates our rights to freedom 
of association and speech."

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is planning a National Day of 
Protest for January 25, in cities across the country. This protest is 
in solidarity with people refusing to testify at the secret grand 
jury in Chicago on that day.




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