Anti-War Activists’ Homes Searched in Terrorism Raid
The Associated Press is reporting that the FBI is searching the homes of anti-war activists during terrorism raids:
The home of Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly and Jess Sundin were among those searched, they told the AP.
“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.
Sundin called the suggestion they were connected with terrorism “pretty hilarious and ridiculous.”
Sundin was “a principal leader of the mass antiwar march of 10,000 on the opening day of the Republican National Convention two years ago,” and Kelly has said he would march on the Democratic National Convention if it were held in Minneapolis this year, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
As I wrote earlier this week, fusion centers have a habit of targeting domestic activist groups as terrorist organizations. During the 2008 protests against the RNC in St. Paul, a Minnesota fusion center played a role in coordinating law enforcement’s response to activists, for instance. The FBI is being tight-lipped about why it conducted the raids and what it was looking for, but it doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to guess that information gathered in 2008 could have some connection to today’s action.