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FBI Raiding Antiwar Activists in Terror Investigation

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Details from the Minneapolis St. Paul Pioneer Press:

The FBI raided the homes of six political activists in Minneapolis this morning in connection to a terrorism investigation.

The warrants were "seeking evidence related to an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism," said FBI Special Agent Steve Warfield, spokesman in the Minneapolis office. "There is no imminent threat to the community and we're not planning any arrests at this time."

One of the warrants was executed at the home of Mick Kelly, an anti-war organizer, according to his attorney Ted Dooley.

"I have no idea what all this is about," Dooley said. "Mr. Kelly is an activist, he's a socialist or perhaps a communist and has been forever. He never hides his political views. They're fishing. They're casting big nets into the sea of political activism."

Before agents confiscated his cell phone, Kelly told the Associated Press: "The FBI is harassing anti-war organizers and leaders, folks who opposed U.S. intervention in the Middle East and Latin America," Kelly said before agents confiscated his cell phone.

Warrants were also signed to search the homes of Jessica Sundin on Park Avenue and Meredith Aby in South Minneapolis, Dooley said.

Those three organized a demonstration during the 2008 GOP National convention in St. Paul, and had announced plans to do the same if the 2012 Demoocratic National Convention ends up in Minneapolis.

The warrant for Kelly's home said that the items to be seized were evidence concerning the violation of a federal law that prohibits "providing, attempting, conspiring to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations," Dooley said.

It allowed for the following to be seized: "documents, files, books, photographs, videos, souvenirs, war relics, notebooks, address books, diaries, journals, maps, or other evidence, including evidence in electronic form relating to Kelly's travels to and from and presence and activities in Minnesota and other foreign countries, to which Kelly has traveled as part of his work for FRSO (Freedom Road Socialist Organization)," Dooley said.

Also, the warrant was seeking information about Kelly's "ability to pay for his own travel within the United States or to Palestine or Columbia from the year 2000 until today. And this has to do with any contact with FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and Hezbollah, all of which are FTOs (Foreign Terrorist Organizations)," Dooley said…the agents were also "looking for everything related to Kelly's potential co-conspirators, including Kelly's personal contacts in the United States and abroad, which means absolutely everybody that Kelly's ever been in contact with, anywhere. I'd say it's kind of unconstitutional and hideous, myself. It's very broad. It's disgusting."

The warrants were executed about 7 a.m., with six carried out in Minneapolis and two in Chicago, Warfield said.

A SWAT team, accompanied by the FBI, knocked on Kelly's door about 7 a.m. and Kelly's partner answered, Dooley said.

"They said they had a search warrant," he said. "She asked to see it, she couldn't read it through the peephole, so they busted down the door. The door flew across the room and broke a fish tank. There are now eight FBI agents in the apartment, going through every piece of paper in there, and all the books."

As an Antiwar.com roundup of links on the raids notes:

Officials said they were related to a Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation. The JTTF in Minneapolis has a long history of heavy-handed investigations against protest groups, including an attempt in 2008 to infiltrate a vegan potluck.

My latest Reason blogging on JTTF shenanigans, out of Chicago. From our May issue, Jacob Sullum on the dubious merits of the sort of "material support" laws behind these raids.

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  1. I read this story this morning. As someone living in this city, and somewhat familier with the activities of Mick Kelly, I suggest you wait for this story to develop a wee bit longer before you chose sides.

    1. This article doesn’t seem to choose sides. What it does is point out that the JTTF has an extremely dubious track record, and that a crime of “providing material support to terrorism” is dubious at best. Both of those things are fairly undeniably true.

      1. The ultimate irony is that they are researching his ability to fund his extensive travel throughout the US and foreign countries. It sounds like, if anything, he is the one having material support provided to him… Not like it surprises me, he’s a fucking Commie, his entire worldview is premised on other people providing him with material support.

        1. Commie, socialist, whatever. I don’t care.

          I completely support his right to protest without hassle.

          I agree with the quote: I’d say it’s kind of unconstitutional and hideous, myself. It’s very broad. It’s disgusting.”

    2. You have credible evidence that Mick Kelly has supported terrorist groups?

      Links make you credible.

      It’s a bullshit law anyway. It is overbroad, unconstitutional and, I believe, passed by this congress and signed by this president.

  2. “violation of a federal law that prohibits “providing, attempting, conspiring to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations,”

    Luckily, the US government isn’t a foreign organization, otherwise every taxpayer would be in trouble.

  3. First they came for the communists…

    Then max stopped posting on H&R.

    1. Collateral damage benefit.

    2. Now, any of you idiots who voted for the Zero because you thought he’d stop arresting limp noodles like yourself for protesting the war, put your nose right up to my butt cheeks while I let one rip. Ha ha ha! Boy, do I love watching you rubes cry and scream about this idiot YOU put into office.

  4. Ahem . . . That’s actually the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

    1. People so often discount St. Paul vis-a-vis Minneapolis. But St. Paul has one thing that Minneapolis will never have. A really great view of the Minneapolis Skyline.

      1. Shoot, I get fidgety when I have to cross the Mighty Mississippi to the St. Paul side when I go carp fishing.

        My sister who is a St. Paulite feels the same way about crossing the river to visit my house.

        My pet theory on why there wasn’t more political fallout over the 35W bridge collapsing is both sides thought that anyone crossing the river “was just asking for it.”

        1. I’ve only been here eight months, and I’m already all chauvinistic about how St. Paul is better than Minneapolis. I’m aware that it doesn’t really matter, but I still get a visceral reaction when someone puts down St. Paul. The human brain is a funny thing.

  5. Hope! Change!

    Vote Dem! The GOP is a bunch of authoritarian thugs who will try to deny you the right to protest.

    How does this taste, Obamatrons?

    1. The Dems-Who-Control-The-City are all for these tactics and always have been.

    2. “”How does this taste, Obamatrons?””

      The congitive dissonance is strong. Obama’s fans desire to admit how much he’s like Bush is about equal to Bush’s fans desire to admit how much Bush is like Obama.

    3. With all the nuts they’ve been sucking, you seriously don’t want to know.

  6. Vote Dem! The GOP is a bunch of authoritarian thugs who will try to deny you the right to protest.

    The Supreme Court case that makes giving money to designated terrorist-affiliated groups a SWAT-worthy offense was won?though not won in the crazily repressive First Amendment-gutting fashion she argued for, on behalf of an administration that shall not be named?by a certain sports-minded not-lesbian who’s since gone on to nationwide fame.

    Was it…

    A) Sarah Palin
    B) Sarah Palin’s vagina
    C) The Israeli Palinborg that replaced Sarah Palin (except for the vagina) in 2008

    or

    D) George Bush?

    1. Israeli Palinborg

      1. Sounds Swedish.

  7. They had to break down the door. For all they knew, the “partner” was stalling them while the war relics, notebooks, souvenirs, and books were being flushed down the toilet.

    1. Dave’s not here!

  8. The JTTF in Minneapolis has a long history of heavy-handed investigations against protest groups, including an attempt in 2008 to infiltrate a vegan potluck.

    Who would have thought that those vegan potluck reunions would gather dangerous and deranged radicals?

    1. You can’t spin around and projectile vomit your sausage-and-egg breakfast without spraying a vegan in this city.

    2. I remember thinking that the bean salad was a little too crunchy.

    3. Who would have thought that those vegan potluck reunions would gather dangerous and deranged radicals?

      Have you ever been around vegans when they gather in numbers?

      1. Obviously you haven’t. Otherwise, you would realize they are great people, unlike yourself and your completely uncivil comments.

  9. Fucking commies. Let’s burn down their mosque.

    1. Let’s burn down their mosque “public school” building.

      Count me in for the weenie roast! I always hated those indoctrination centers of theirs.

      1. I think the FBI should raid your home as well as Mr Whipple for inciting violence. Neither of your two comments are protected free speech.

  10. “They said they had a search warrant,” he said. “She asked to see it, she couldn’t read it through the peephole, so they busted down the door. The door flew across the room and broke a fish tank.”

    So I’m guessing they didn’t have a dog to shot and the SWAT team had to improvise.

    1. Damn it, Astrid, I was going to make the crack about shooting the dog. 😉

    2. “The goldfish was out of control, the officers on the scene made the correct decision in full accordance with department policy.”

      1. Ok. You laugh about it being a goldfish. But, what if it had been a tank of pirhanas? Would you then put the safety of the hard-working officers about that of a fish?

    3. You win. I’m still laughing ten minutes later.

      … Hobbit

  11. Kelly should just pretend the State owns all his shit. It might make him feel better to think about the government breaking down its own door.

    1. No, see, like, these pigs don’t represent us, man. This government is a corporate joke. We need a real government that represents the real interests of the people. Then we can get rid of private property and stop being wage slaves! Just get the right people in charge and, like, throw out the violence and corporate servitude and that stuff.

  12. This might explain why the anti-war movement fizzled after Obama took office..

    Obama simply had his anti-war supporters thrown in jail.

  13. I just had a thought:

    A suspect ought to have the option of having a lawyer present before their property may be searched, to document what has been seized. It would work in a similar way as having a lawyer present for questioning.

    1. Great point.

    2. Interesting idea, and I’d generally be in favor of it, but it’s not that useful in practice.

      The justification behind the most offensive raids – the SWAT “dynamic entry” type raids – is that the cops have to get into your house before you can flush the drugs. Similarly, cops have to get into your house now now now to prevent you from deleting files from your computer.

      If there’s justification for breaking your door down to get to your stash before you can flush it, this attorney-present rule isn’t going to apply.

      1. I thought about that. The obvious solution is the suspects would be detained (in their house) while waiting for a lawyer, and the cops make sure nothing can be tampered with. They just can’t touch anything.

        The cops still get to break down your door and detain you, but can not proceed further if you request a lawyer present.

    3. Stupid point.

      1. Fuck Off.

  14. Minnesota and other foreign countries

    Intentional irony on the lawyer’s part, or a gaffe?

    1. De jure, Minnesota is part of the US.

      In spirit, I’m not so sure.

      1. I lived there. It’s a secret province.

        1. It’s been all downhill since Moosylvania seceded.

  15. They told me that if Glenn Reynolds voted for McCain, federal agents would harass anti-war groups… and he was RIGHT!

  16. I guess it was hippie stompin’ time.

    Is it me or is it ironic that the FBI is raiding anti-war protesters under an anti-war president.

    1. Obama is going to legalize protesting wars in his second term. Give the man some time damn it!

      1. Obama is running out of time, just like the rest of the Democratic party.

    2. When is it not hippie stompin’ time?

      1. While I can not deny the potential entertainment in hippie stomping. I tend to find myself defending them more than stomping them. Even though they annoy the shit out of me.

        1. Even though they annoy the shit out of me

          …and they stink of patchouli oil, I hate that fucking shit.

    3. Obama is anti-war in the same way Clinton was anti-blowjob.

    4. Obama’s an anti-war president? He sure hides it well.

      1. He said he was. That was the basis for the comment. I think he was full of shit, but then again I think anyone who provides no value added service and takes a government paycheck is full of shit. (both elected and civil service)

        1. Curious, do firefighters perform a value added service? How about judges and prison guards?

          1. You will need a better argument than that. I’m far from a purist, and your line of argument is a joke from the start.

            I’m not wasting my time beyond the time I’ve already wasted with it.

  17. Hope ‘n Change, hmm.

    Let me be clear, this is new, see. So it’s change.

    Now shut up and do what you’re told.

  18. This guy is just a harmless activist for socialism, like Che Guevara.

    Let me know when they shoot a dog so I can actually feel sympathetic.

    1. Let me know when he starts waging guerrilla warfare and executing people, so you can actually have a point.

      1. On the other hand:

        ‘The investigation “concerns material support of terrorism but there is no imminent threat to the (U.S.) community,” FBI spokesman Steve Warfield said.’

        Unless your community is raided unconstitutionally by FBI terrorists!

        1. You argument would be better served if you sounded even a little bit sane.

          1. By your own illogical, irrelevant, uncivil words, you prove yourself to be the one not sane.

  19. But they had a warrant, describing in great detail the scope of their fishing expedition.

    That’s what makes America exceptional.

    I bet Kristol and Krauthammer will be all over this outrage.

  20. Freedom Road Socialist Organization

    Oh, the irony.

  21. The irony is the terrorism is being conducted by our own federal, state and local governments, which by the way, have become dangerously fascist, as evidenced by the abridgment of yet another US citizen’s constitutional rights.

    Mick Kelly is a true American Hero. Hats off to him for fighting the good fight.

    1. I am against Feds breaking down doors and killing goldfish and all, but Mick Kelly is not an American hero.

      Mick Kelly is a communist who has an essay defending the Chinese military suppression at Tienanment posted @ http://www.frso.org

      Freedom Road Socialist Organization(Fight Back) is a composed of leftovers from the Maoist grouplets that so undermined the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War. FRSO (Fightback) is tied in with the Neo-Stalinist network organized by the Belgian Workers Party.

      1. Has Mick Kelly been arrested and convicted for terrorism or aiding terrorists? No?

        Then shut your piehole, Chicken Little Balls.

        I’m more worried about the Neocon-Fascist Republicans who lied us into two budget busting, unwinnable illegal wars. So forget about that mythical Socialist boogeymen hiding under your bed.

        You smear Kelly with ridiculous charges, with zero proof, that have nothing to do with his antiwar activities. Whatever he may or may not have done in the past, it is nothing compared to the ONE MILLION innocent Iraqis slaughtered by the U.S. for their oil!

        Congratulations to Mick Kelly, American Hero, for resisting U.S. Government terrorists.

        1. Wow, you know these guys are crazy when the cognitive dissonance is so strong. It’s like he doesn’t even read anything besides “Mick Kelly is not an American hero” and then makes up the rest of what you said.

          No one here thinks the FBI raid is justified, and no one here has evidence that that he aided terrorists, but he definitely supports authoritarian, tyrannical regimes.

          The Republicans and the Iraq War are complete non-sequiturs in this discussion. They have nothing to do with the merits of Mick Kelly.

        2. A+ parody!

        3. You smear Kelly with ridiculous charges, with zero proof, that have nothing to do with his antiwar activities.

          He doesn’t have an essay defending the chinese slaughter of civilians at Tianammen posted at posted @ http://www.frso.org.

          Whatever he may or may not have done in the past, it is nothing compared to the ONE MILLION innocent Iraqis slaughtered by the U.S. for their oil!

          Aside from the credibility of the number here, you do realize that most of the dead were killed by insurgents right?

          1. Er … he doesn’t ??? ….

          2. You do realize you are wrong. US Military terrorists and not insurgents killed most of the innocent Iraqi civilians. Besides that, we have polluted the entire country with carcinogenic depleted uranium WMDs. Birth defects and still born births have been on the rise since we illegally invaded Iraq.

            Wikileaks.org is about to release the Iraqi Diaries, which will contain far more damning evidence than the Afghanistan Diaries, against the war criminals within the US Military and Government.

            Once our horrific crimes against humanity become better known, tax payers will demand we stop using tax dollars for US Government sponsored terrorism. This is the beginning of the end to the ONE TRILLION DOLLAR war mongering budget.

            1. If you are a parody, you’re a damn fine one. My hearty endorsement of your contionued activites.

              1. Still waiting for you to post anything that is relevant to the topic instead of uncivil, illogical blather.

  22. Mick_Kelly_American_Hero

    Wow, you know these guys are crazy when the cognitive dissonance is so strong. It’s like you don’t even read anything besides “Mick Kelly is an American hero” and then makes up the rest of the illogical BS of what you said.

    The Republicans and the Iraq War are not non-sequiturs in this discussion. They have everything to do with the merits of Mick Kelly (American Hero) because Mick Kelly (American Hero) is protesting their immoral, illegal, imperialist, genocidal, ecocidal war OF terror to steal Iraqi oil. But the terrorist U.S. Government cannot tolerate First Amendment dissension against their blood lust war mongering and war profiteering. Thus the reason for the terrorist FBI raid.

    First they came for the war protesters…

    1. OK, can someone tell me if this is a parody?

      Moving on:

      It’s like you don’t even read anything besides “Mick Kelly is an American hero” and then makes up the rest of the illogical BS of what you said.

      No, see you don’t get to copy that since I actually responded directly to your statements, jackass. Once again you fail at reading comprehension.

      The Republicans and the Iraq War are not non-sequiturs in this discussion. They have everything to do with the merits of Mick Kelly (American Hero) because Mick Kelly (American Hero) is protesting their immoral, illegal, imperialist, genocidal, ecocidal war OF terror to steal Iraqi oil.

      OK, that doesn’t show that its not a non-sequitur, you just repeated his views. His views have nothing to do with whether or not he actually aided terrorists. If I’m accused of robbing a bank, does it matter whether or not I believe in legalizing drugs? No it doesn’t. My views on such matters are a non-sequitur in questioning whether or not I robbed a bank.

      Also, I thought all this blood-war stuff was supposed to disappear now. You do know a Democrat is in the White House right?

      1. Yes, you are a jackass of a parody. Now that’s a non-sequitur.

        A Democrat is in the White House? I thought he was a Blue Dog DINO beholden to his upper 1% plutocratic overlords, who are the same overlords ruling over half the Democratic Party and over the entire Republican Party, especially the billionaire financed astroturf Teabaggers.

        This article is not about whether or not Kelly, as well as the rest of the people harassed in the unconstitutional eight house raid, are terrorists. They most certainly are not. This article is about US Government terrorists criminally waging a war of intimidation and harassment on anyone who would dare question their immoral, illegal, imperialist, genocidal, ecocidal war OF terror to steal Middle East natural resources.

        Again clearly the terrorists are our own government, not those protesting the war machine, and certainly not those in the Middle East fighting for their freedom from the brutality of US imperialism.

        1. A Democrat is in the White House? I thought he was a Blue Dog DINO beholden to his upper 1% plutocratic overlords

          Yeah….you don’t seem smart if you think these are somehow mutually exclusive.

  23. I wonder why the fedgov feels the need to stomp on antiwar activists. After their Dear Leader was elected, most of the “antiwar” activists went home since they were actually just anti-Bush.

    It makes me wonder if this is preemptive; what is Obama planning?

  24. Traditionally the US government has given a free pass to supporters of terrorism abroad as long as they limited their activities to propaganda and fund raising. This has been particularly true of leftists groups.

    Following Clinton’s crackdown on IRA fund raising and the subsequuent realization during the war on terror of the key role these kinds of clowns perform those rules have changed.

    People like Kelly have alot to answer for and it is high time the US stop allowing these jerks a free pass.

    1. Actually, the “jerks” and “clowns” are the US Government. They are the ones who were getting a free pass.

      But not anymore. People like Mick Kelly and Julian Assange of Wikileaks are the real heroes and defenders of freedom who are fighting the good fight to end US imperialism, genocide, torture and terrorism.

      Open your eyes and smell the Fascism!

      1. Watching your evil overlord reward you treasonous slime as you deserve good and hard is going to be most entertaining. You pacifascist hypocrites have never prevented so much as a single conflict with all your crying about how awful war is, and now you’re finding out how much worse “peace” as administrated by your Dear Leader is going to be for you.

        Mick Kelly, Julian Assange, and all the rest of you Commie pacifascists deserve to be beaten, tortured, executed, and stripped of all your earthly possessions, just as the terrorist regimes you constantly support in your treasonous rants against the USA did to their subjects while you vermin were as quiet as mice. You should be grateful you’re getting off so lightly… if you do end up getting off so lightly.

        (If the Muslims ever get Shariah Law instituted here the way they’ve been working overtime to do right under your noses, you’ll get some real first-hand experience with what REAL imperialism, genocide, torture, and terrorism are like.)

        1. Calling Julian Assange or Mick Kelly a “Commie” just proves your ignorance. Chicken Little Balls, you better check under your bed every night for scary boogieman Muslims!

          Read the First Amendment, we have what is called “separation of church and state” in the US. That means no Sharia Law as well as no Christian Law.

          Besides, virtually every single Congressperson and federal judge is a Christian. So please explain how they are going to let Sharia Law become the law of the land when they won’t even let Christian Law become the law of the land. Oh, that’s right, the First Amendment won’t let them do either.

          Hate filled idiots like you who embrace killing, torture and terrorism, as well as making several illegal threats of violence on this blog, are the ones who belong behind bars.

          Freedom fighters in third world countries don’t “hate our freedoms”. They hate our freedom to wage immoral, illegal, imperialist wars of aggression, genocide, ecocide, torture and terrorism against third world countries for the purpose of stealing their natural resources and enslaving their people.

  25. I think those raids were probably unjustified, but you have to admit…an anti-war activist group would be a great cover for terrorists. (kind of like a monument to Islamic tolerance would be a great cover for Islamic propaganda)

    1. Paranoia makes you look fat in that dress.

  26. Ahh, the best and funniest spoof trolls are the ones that are so similar to real people that you can’t … quite … tell.

    1. Ahhh, that certainly does explain your comments.

      But when will you post even one civil, relevant, on topic comment that does not make you out to be what you call a “spoof troll”?

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