FBI raids homes in terror case
The Minneapolis residences of two antiwar leaders are among those targeted.
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.