[Ppnews] US Attorneys Office Confirms Investigation Is Ongoing into Anti-war Activists
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Thu Feb 2 10:17:45 EST 2012
U.S. Attorneys Office Confirms Investigation Is
Ongoing into Anti-war Activists
The Northern Illinois Assistant U.S. Attorney
Barry Jonas stated that the investigation is
continuing into the case of the anti-war and
international solidarity activists hit with FBI
raids and grand jury repression. Barry Jonas is
known for his leading role in prosecuting the
leaders of the Holy Land Foundation while he was
trial attorney for the Department of Justice Counter-terrorism Section.
This confirms what the U.S. Attorneys office
related some months ago - they are preparing
multiple indictments of multiple activists. The
FBI raided seven homes and the government
subpoenaed 23 international solidarity activists
to a Chicago grand jury over a year ago. The
anti-war activists refused to appear at the
secretive grand jury and launched a campaign
against political repression. The U.S. government
is threatening to imprison anti-war activists on
the grounds of material support for terrorism.
The confirmation of the ongoing investigation
came during a January 24, 2012 phone call between
Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas and attorney
Bruch Nestor, who represents some of the political activists.
Nestor initially contacted Minneapolis Assistant
U.S. Attorney Andrew Winter to view some of the
sealed documents in the case. The grand jury
proceedings against the anti-war activists are
secret. The vast majority of documents relating
to their case are under seal, meaning the
targeted activists or their attorneys cannot view
them. Assistant U.S. Attorney Winter helped to
oversee the Sept. 24, 2010 raids and in recent
months represented the government on the issue of
returning property seized in the raids. Winter
told Nestor to contact Chicago Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas.
Jonas told Nestor the documents would remain
secret "pending completion of the investigation."
Barry Jonas is responsible for railroading the
Holy Land leaders. Jonas views solidarity with
Palestine as a crime deserving long-term
imprisonment. He is willing to pull every dirty
trick available to him to obtain convictions. The
Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development
was once the largest Muslim charity in the U.S.
Its efforts were geared towards providing
humanitarian aid to help the people of Palestine
and other countries. In 2001 its offices were
raided. Three years later, five people associated
with the charity were indicted. The first trial
ended with a hung jury. The second trial ended
with convictions. The five defendants received
sentences that range from 15 to 65 years in prison.
The Holy Land trial included secret witnesses -
the defense never got to find out who the
witnesses were - the use of hearsay evidence, and
the introduction of evidence that had nothing to
do with the defendants in the case, such as
showing a video from Palestine of protesters
burning an American flag, as a means to prejudice the jury.
As lead prosecutor, Barry Jonas played a key role
in all this. He is now working under Chicago U.S.
Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who runs the federal
grand jury attacking anti-war and international solidarity activists.
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression urges all
supporters of peace with justice to sign the
pledge to take action
in the event that international solidarity activists are indicted.
In a closely related case, the FBI directed the
LA Sheriff to raid the home of
Chicano leader Carlos Montes. Carlos Montes is
now facing trial and imprisonment on six felony
charges relating back to a student protest that
happened 42 years ago. See
Copyright © 2012 Committee to Stop FBI Repression, All rights reserved.
Thanks for your ongoing interest in the fight
against FBI repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists!
Our mailing address is:
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
PO Box 14183
Minneapolis, MN 55414
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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