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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Antiwar Movement is fighting back on FBI raids

From the Kasama Project
(I hate to keep reposting their stuff, but they have had extensive coverage of this news item.)

FBI Raid & the Antiwar Movement: Turning Attack Around

by Mike Ely

Several people have responded to the FBI raids by citing Mao:
“To be attacked by the enemy is not a bad thing but a good thing.”
Is this true (in this context, at this moment)? I suspect not.
Look at Mao’s remarks in context:
“It is good if we are attacked by the enemy, since it proves that we have drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves. It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly black and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work. “
Note the last part. It is true (in Mao’s stage of his actual armed struggle) that:
“…we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work. “
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I received the following message from Students for a Democratic Society member, Grace Kelley:
Hi everybody, it’s been a crazy morning here. Wouldn’t ya know that the FBI decided to stop into town, and brought the SWAT team with them. They’ve been kicking down a few doors around the city, and around the country including University of MN SDS member Tracy Molm. The FBI are apparently looking for evidence linking activists to “material support of terrorism” specifically liberation struggles in Colombia and Palestine. Several activists have had papers, CDs, and cell phones stolen among other items; as well as being issued subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury.
These raids are just an ongoing policy of criminalizing dissent against anyone who is willing to resist this government of occupation. We have seen these types of acts before. In Minneapolis alone we have witnessed the arrests of activists organizing against the 2008 Republican National Convention, who were charged with “conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism.” Three of whom recently had their charges dropped, proving that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Taskforce had brought these charges with the intent of silencing activists. We have also recently seen a similar case against Scott DeMuth, who was charged with violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) and subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. Scott refused to testify before the heinous system of injustice, and his alleged crimes were later proved to be unsubstantiated. This case is no different, and we can desperately use your support. Please organize any actions you can in your city to protest this McCarthyesque witch hunt against activists. A national response could prove extremely powerful to shed light on these injustices.
In love and solidarity,
Grace Kelley UMN SDS .

Twin Cities Community Meeting Against the Raids

We are not Carlos the Jackal!

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