On the 24th of September, antiwar and other progressive activists protested in front of the FBI’s headquarters against raids on activist homes and grand juries, demanding nothing less than a complete end to house raids and grand juries targetting peaceful protests.
Protesters called out the FBI for the return to most of the illegal COOINTELPRO practices that were banned after the 1976 Church Committee report on illegal domestic spying during the Nixon years.
The Summer 2010 raids on antiwar activists in the Midwest have not been forgotten. Neither has the courage of every single person subpeonaed to the grand jury in the related case, not one of whom would testify. The witch-hunt is essentially dead in the water due to their courage, but the FBI still refuses to close the case.
The more recent Seattle grand jury, the courage of Matt Duran sitting in jail for refusng to snitch, and the blizzard of punishing retaliatory strikes against corporate America and law enforcement may be more on people’s minds at this point. Still, the 2010 raids and resulting witch-hunt aimed originally at activists who had visited Palestine has not been forgotten. It’s time for the FBI to abandon this witch-hunt!