FBI raids homes in ter­ror case

The Minneapolis res­i­dences of two an­ti­war lead­ers are among those tar­geted.

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

minneapolis — The FBI searched eight homes in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of a ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tion Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, and two sub­jects said the agency is tar­get­ing an­ti­war move­ment lead­ers.

An FBI spokesman in Minneapolis, Steve Warfield, said agents served six war­rants in that city and two in Chicago.

“These were search war­rants only,” Warfield said. “We’re not an­tic­i­pat­ing any ar­rests at this time. They’re seek­ing ev­i­dence re­lat­ing to ac­tiv­i­ties con­cern­ing the ma­te­rial sup­port of ter­ror­ism.”

The homes of Minneapolis an­ti­war ac­tivists Mick Kelly and Jess Sundin were among those searched, they said.

“The FBI is ha­rass­ing an­ti­war or­ga­niz­ers and lead­ers, folks who op­posed U.S. in­ter­ven­tion in the Mid­dle East and Latin Amer­ica,” Kelly said be­fore agents con­fis­cated his cell­phone.

Sundin said she be­lieves the searches are con­nected to the Min­nesota Anti-War Com­mit­tee’s op­po­si­tion to U.S. mil­i­tary aid to Colom­bia and Is­rael, as well as its op­po­si­tion to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s kind of out­ra­geous that cit­i­zens of the United States could be tar­geted like this,” Sundin said.

Warfield said he couldn’t com­ment on whose homes were searched or give de­tails on why be­cause of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “There’s no im­mi­nent threat to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Sundin and Kelly were or­ga­niz­ers of a mas­sive march on the first day of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in St. Paul, Minn., two years ago and re­cently an­nounced plans for an­other protest if Minneapolis is se­lected to hold the 2012 Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion.

Po­lice es­ti­mated that the peace­ful march in 2008 drew 10,000 pro­test­ers; or­ga­niz­ers put the fig­ure at 30,000.

‘It’s kind of out­ra­geous that cit­i­zens of the United States could be tar­geted like this.’

— Jess Sundin, an­ti­war ac­tivist whose home was searched

Other protests were marked by de­struc­tive acts by an­ar­chists. More than 800 peo­ple were ar­rested dur­ing the four days of the con­ven­tion, in­clud­ing Sundin and Kelly.

The FBI’s spokesman in Chicago, Ross Rice, would say only that two searches were con­ducted Fri­day in Chicago and that there were no ar­rests. He de­clined fur­ther com­ment.

Asked about the re­ports, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice spokesman in Chicago, Randy Sam­born, con­firmed that war­rants were served in the city “in con­nec­tion with a law en­force­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” He also de­clined to pro­vide de­tails.

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