Rep. Kucinich writes letter to Attorney General Holder regarding FBI repression of anti-war and solidarity activists

Published on July 25, 2011 by The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is pleased to circulate the following letter

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Free Speech Down the Rabbit Hole

We are living in a time in which things are increasingly upside down.

On June 21, the Supreme Court ruled in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Centerthat promoting nonviolent political activity and the rule of international law could get you jailed for “giving material aid to terrorism.”

Yet it is U.S. Government policy to pay warlords and Taliban warriors as “subcontractors for security” in Afghanistan. The court said nothing about that policy. Rather, it voted to restrict the activities of people seeking roads to peace.

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Justice Department Prepares for Ominous Expansion of “Anti-Terrorism” Law Targeting Activists

In late September, the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and antiwar offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Following the raids, the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several antiwar and community organizations. In carrying out these repressive actions, the Justice Department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project, which decided that nonviolent First Amendment speech and advocacy “coordinated with” or “under the direction of” a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as “terrorist” was a crime.

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