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View Diary: UPDATED- Where's the Change? FBI Raids Peace Activists, Confiscates MLK Photo (747 comments)

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  •  From the Star-Tribune story: (5+ / 0-)

    The warrant for the raid on Kelly's apartment, in the 1800 block of Riverside Avenue, sought notebooks, address books, photos and maps of Kelly's travels to the Palestinian territories, Colombia and in the United States on behalf of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. It also sought materials on his personal finances and those of the group, on Kelly's "potential co-conspirators" and recruitment efforts for the group.

    The warrant also sought any information about efforts to support FARC, a guerrilla organization in Colombia, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Hezbollah, the political and paramilitary organization based in Lebanon.

    This doesn't sound like a baseless occasion for hippy-punching.  They've all admitted to being overseas in Columbia, Palestine and Lebanon.  What if they met with members of those organizations while they were there?  What if they didn't realize it and honestly think that they're innocent?  What if the FBI has proof that they did?  What if the FBI is wrong?  What if these people are actively funneling money to those groups?

    We don't know.

    I personally don't believe that they've done anything wrong or that looking through their logs of those trips is productive or necessary, but then again I'm not charged with defending this country and its interests.  burrow owl said downthread that:

    Looks like there'll be a grand jury hearing
    on 10/5, so we'll have a better idea of the grounds for the warrant then.

    I'm not going to jump to any conclusions here - not about these activists or the FBI.

    The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.

    by KroneckerD on Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 02:33:21 PM PDT

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