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Is Permanently Detaining Foreign Nationals Without Any Due Process The New Norm?

...the new Guantanamo policy is virtually identical to the Bush administration’s discredited policy of secret review by mysterious people in a hidden location with no rules of evidence or meaningful standards of review.

By Lt. Col. Barry Wingard

Long ago, individuals from around the world came to America to escape kings and monarchs that had the power to treat people with utter distain, sending their children to wars on a whim, and imprisoning people without charge or judicial review, sometimes for life.  For many, the behavior of these rulers became so intolerable that abandoning one’s home, friends, and family became preferable to continued suffering in lands where individual libery counted for nothing.

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Stop FBI Repression

A two-year secret federal investigation of the U.S. anti-war movement has been conducted by the Obama administration, apparently with a federal grand jury in Chicago hearing evidence from Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, looking into “possible links between U.S. anti-war groups and foreign terrorist organizations,” according to the Chicago Tribune.  Fitzgerald issued subpoenas beginning in September 2010, delivered via FBI raids to their homes, for activists to appear before the grand jury.  With all the records sealed by court order, it is impossible to know about the scope and intent of the probe.  23 anti-war activists have now been targeted by the FBI, many through September raids that confiscated a wide range of personal material.  Activists who have been summoned to testify before grand juries have righteously refused.

We cannot allow these repressive attacks to deter us from righteously opposing and resisting the crimes of our government. We must have courage.  The movement as a whole must unite in support of targeted activists and refuse to cooperate with these repressive police operations. If you, as an activist with World Can't Wait, are contacted by government agents, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (866) 973-4463. Our efforts are completely protected under the Constitution, and efforts to intimidate us aren't legitimate.

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Debra Sweet: Why I Oppose a Grand Jury Investigation of Anti-War Activists

Lynne Stewart: Subpoenas

Download Flier: Bush, Now Obama: “Anti-War Protests are a Form of Terrorism”

Know Your Rights!

STOP FBI REPRESSION

If An Agent Knocks

Booklet from the Center for Constitutional Rights
Available in English, Spanish, Urdu, and Arabic

Don't Talk

Article from Revolution newspaper: history of political repression in the US, myths and facts for activists

Smart Cellphones and Dumb Laws: Will Your Cellphone Make You a Criminal?

Smart PhonesThe Rising Wave of Repression Against Documenting Dissent and Police Misconduct

Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7pm
In CHICAGO at Tom Robinson Gallery (2416 North Avenue)

Forum with Gregory Koger, Chris Drew and their attorneys Jed Stone and Mark Weinberg. Both Gregory and Chris have been arrested for recording public acts of political dissent.

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Subpoenas

By Lynne StewartLynne Stewart

The following statement is from Lynne Stewart, the People's Lawyer currently imprisoned at Carswell Federal Prison.

I began my career as a political movement lawyer. The government was rounding up the last of the die hard militants, many of whom had been underground, and prosecuting them as a part of the panther movement.
 
They also subpoenaed anyone with any tangential relationship to those who had been arrested. I am talking about their daters, their lovers, their teachers, their religious leaders, their estranged relatives, those who had attended meetings, rallies, etc.

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Debra Sweet: Why I Oppose a Grand Jury Investigation of Anti-War Activists

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Three of the anti-war activists targeted by the FBI

By Debra Sweet

A contradiction to ponder:

  1. A three-year investigation by the Department of Justice into the CIA operatives who carried out waterboarding, filmed the acts on 2 men, and then destroyed the tapes, ended this past November – with the government deciding not to prosecute anyone. Jason Leopold, in Special Prosecutor Declines to File Criminal Charges Over Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes wrote:It is widely believed that the videotapes were destroyed to cover up torture. It is also believed that the tapes were destroyed because Democratic members of Congress who were briefed about the tapes began asking questions about whether the interrogations were illegal, according to Jane Mayer, author of the book, “The Dark Side” and a reporter for The New Yorker magazine.
  2. A two-year secret federal investigation of the U.S. anti-war movement has been conducted by the Obama administration, apparently with a federal grand jury in Chicago hearing evidence from Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, looking into “possible links between U.S. anti-war groups and foreign terrorist organizations,” according to the Chicago Tribune.  Fitzgerald issued subpoenas beginning in September 2010, delivered via FBI raids to their homes, for activists to appear before the grand jury.  With all the records sealed by court order, it is impossible to know about the scope and intent of the probe.

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Holder Calls Terrorism Sting Operations ‘Essential’

Police StateBy Malia Wollan and Charlie Savage

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has defended the use of sting operations orchestrated by government informers, telling advocates for the civil rights of American Muslims on Friday night that the tactic is an “essential law enforcement tool in uncovering and preventing terror attacks.”

On Saturday, Muslim community groups said they appreciated Mr. Holder’s effort at outreach, but emphasized their opposition to the tactic he defended. The method involves building cases against Muslims by using undercover agents who suggest violent and nonviolent ways to help the cause of Islam. In recent cases, the suspects are accused of choosing the violent.

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Judge Rules that President’s Decision to Assassinate US Citizens Abroad is “Judicially Unreviewable”

Barack Obama with HUGE American FlagBy Andy Worthington

On Tuesday, in an extremely troubling ruling in the District Court in Washington D.C., Judge John D. Bates dismissed a lawsuit contesting what is described as President Obama’s “targeted killing” policy, but which is, in fact, a program to assassinate US citizens anywhere in the world, without explanation, and without the involvement of Congress or the judiciary.

The case concerns Anwar al-Awlaqi (aka al-Awlaki or al-Aulaqi), an American citizen living in Yemen, who “was placed on kill lists maintained by the CIA and the US military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) earlier this year,” as the Center for Constitutional Rights has explained. Al-Awlaki was also labeled as a “specially designated global terrorist” on July 16, even though, behind the rhetoric, doubts have been expressed about his significance, which make it obvious that there are profound problems in allowing the executive branch to have the unfettered power to decide when American citizens should be designated for assassination.

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Update on Obama's Plan to Assassinate US Citizen Anwar al-Aulaqui

Court Dismisses Targeted Killing Case On Procedural Grounds Without Addressing Merits

Press Release from Center for Constitutional Rights

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Judge Acknowledges ACLU And CCR Case Raises Important Questions About Legality Of Obama Administration’s Claimed  Authority To Kill Americans Outside Combat Zones

December 7, 2010 WASHINGTON – A federal court today acknowledged the serious issues raised by a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s targeted killing policy, but dismissed the case on the grounds that the plaintiff did not have legal standing to challenge the targeting of his son, and that the case raised “political questions” not subject to court review. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in August, charging that the administration's asserted authority to execute U.S. citizens outside combat zones who do not pose an imminent threat violates the U.S. Constitution and international law. The judge did not rule on the merits of the case.

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Week of Action: Stop FBI and Grand Jury Repression

From the Committee to Stop FBI Repression:Stop FBI Repression

Three activists from the Twin Cities, Tracy Molm, Sarah Martin and Anh Pham are being called back before the Grand Jury in Chicago, and we need to build a movement to defend these activists and the others who have been targeted by the FBI.

Three active Twin Cities anti-war and international solidarity activists, Tracy Molm, Anh Pham, and Sarah Martin have received word from the U.S. Attorney’s Office that that they will be called to appear in front of a Chicago Grand Jury.
 

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Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project: A Supremely Bad Supreme Court Decision

Revolution Newspaper:

Attorneys and the activists who were subpoenaed by a federal grand jury after the FBI raids in late September have pointed out that they "fear that the government may be seeking to use the recent Supreme Court decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project to attack conduct that clearly falls under the realm of freedom of speech and that we never imagined could be construed as 'material support for terrorism.'" ("Grand Juries," by Committee to Stop FBI Repression.)

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FBI Raids on Antiwar Activists – In the Age of Obama: Criminalizing Political Opposition to U.S. Aggression

In late September, FBI agents carried out coordinated early morning raids on the office of the Anti-War Committee in Minneapolis and on seven homes in Minneapolis and Chicago. At some homes, the FBI had guns drawn. The raids were aimed at people active in the antiwar movement; the Colombian and Palestinian solidarity movements; and Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). The home of the executive director of a Chicago social service agency, Arab American Action Network, was raided.

The warrants authorizing the raid claimed that the Joint Terrorism Task Force (which includes the FBI) was seeking evidence in an ongoing investigation into "material support of terrorism."

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.