[Ppnews] New CA Grand Jury Subpoenas Activist

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Thu May 10 10:25:17 EDT 2012

Grand Juries as a Political Weapon

 From José Palafox in California

May 9, 2012

Folks, please read and repost, it's very important:


On Friday May 4th, I was approached by two FBI 
agents at the BART Station at 19th and Broadway 
in Oakland. They asked my name, identified 
themselves as Carrie and Matt from the FBI, and 
served me a subpoena to testify before a federal 
Grand Jury. They informed me that I had been 
served and left without asking me any other questions.

 From the face of the Grand Jury Subpoena, it 
appears related to an animal rights action that 
took place in Santa Cruz in August of 2008. I 
know nothing about the Santa Cruz action but 
believe this is a political prosecution and part 
of a government attempt to gather information on 
activists, specifically involved in the animal rights movement.

I will be getting a lawyer and plan to exercise 
my rights to the fullest extent. If anyone else 
receives a similar subpoena or a visit from the 
FBI, you can contact the National Lawyers Guild for advice on you rights.

This is the second time I have come into contact 
with the FBI. A couple of years ago, I had to 
deal with the Oakland Police Department regarding 
a private criminal matter, unrelated to activism, 
and without my knowledge was interviewed by an 
FBI agent. He began to ask me questions about my 
activism and political affiliations. I asked what 
agency he was from and I immediately stopped 
answering any questions. Probably unrelated but you never know.

I feel that it is important to let folks know 
about this political repression and to let people 
know that I will be needing support. However, the 
lawyer I did briefly speak with advised me not to 
answer any questions about the facts the case. I 
can talk about what the government’s allegations 
are and what is happening with court appearances 
but I can’t answer questions about the facts so please don’t ask.

in solidarity, Jose Palafox, 5/9/12

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