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from The RT News

A homeless man sleeps in a park in Washington, DC (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)

A homeless man sleeps in a park in Washington, DC (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)

TAGS: HealthCrisisUSAEmploymentCulture,Economy

Residents of the Washington DC metropolitan area make on average the largest annual income of any region in America. The nation’s capital also boasts a homeless population that is unmatched by many locales from coast-to-coast.

As wintery weather begins to leave a frost on the banks of the Potomac, the thousands of impoverished citizens in the District of Columbia are trying to find a roof to stay warm in while snow begins to bluster. For many, however, they will be out of luck this season.

Earlier this month, David A Berns of DC’s Committee on Human Services told those in attendance at a roundtable hearing that the recession had ravaged economic conditions for DC residents. Although the District boasts the highest average annual income in the country, the official tally of homeless persons on the streets of the city is at 6,546. With more and more people unable to make ends meet, they are leaving their homes and hitting the sidewalks and parks of Pennsylvania Avenue and the shelters that pepper the city’s turf. Those same dire economic circumstances has caused a cut in funding as well, and as more Washingtonians are forced onto the streets and rely on the aid of others, that helping hand is shriveling up as the city goes broke itself.

“New information from just the last few days may require the District to rethink both its Winter Plan and the allocation of resources within the shelter program,” Bern testified on October 20. Typically the city’s Interagency Council on Homelessness develops its Winter Plan before each cold-season to figure out how to best help those that would otherwise go without a roof overhead. With more men and women being left out in the cold and funds trying up, this winter might prove to be a disastrous one for the city’s homeless.

This past week, Washington DC already experienced its first snowfall of the year. Officially, the city cites its cold weather season as stretching until March 31. Until then the District will extend a series of initiatives to help aid the homeless, but many are likely to suffer.

The city believes that of the 6,546 homeless people residing in DC, 858 families help make up that figure, which also includes more than 1,600 children. This year’s Winter Plan originally yielded an estimate that the city would need accommodations for 366 needy families, but as Street Sense reports this week, DC currently comes up short by 57 spaces. Between April and November, 1,007 families requested bedding from the city’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, though only 37 families have so far been placed into housing.

As RT reported last week, the 5.6 million residents in the metro DC region combined bring in around $221.4 billion each year; however, 11 percent of DC-proper qualifies as “very poor,” meaning a family of four makes under $11,000 annually.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the average fair market monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the District is $1,506. The average homeless adult, however, only makes a fraction of that at $600 monthly. To The Washington Post last week, Rafael Cruz, 50, said he can earn a few hundred dollars a week during odd jobs, but even finding a $500 apartment is not within reach. As a result, he has lived on the streets of DC for four years now.

“If Barack Obama did what he was supposed to do, we wouldn’t be in this shape,” Cruz told the Post from the Occupy DC encampment, where he is among other homeless welcomed in by protesters from around the country. “He put the money for schools and jobs and he put it in Wall Street. … I’m waiting for a tent because I want to go protest.”

Only a few miles down Route 1, the city of Baltimore, MD recently lost bedding for around 100 of the city’s homeless. As RT reported earlier, around 700 adult women are homeless in Baltimore, but 24-hour shelters are few and far between — and the new $8 million shelter the city just unveiled closes the door once it reaches capacity, only to send men to overflow shelters and the women back onto the streets.

In the District, 2011 saw an increase of 7 percent in the number of families gone homeless since the year prior.

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Big Sis Brings ‘See Something, Say Something’ To Hotel Rooms

Homeland Security PSA says paying for hotel room with cash is “suspicious activity”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
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Guests checking in at big hotels like the Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn will now be met with the face of Janet Napolitano when they turn on their televisions, as Homeland Security’s ‘See Something, Say Something’ snitch campaign continues to expand.

“The Department of Homeland Security is turning to television and public service announcements to urge U.S. hotel guests to fight terrorism,” reports UPI, adding that PSAs encouraging Americans to “report suspicious activity” which are already playing in hundreds of Wal-Mart stores across the country will be expanded to 5,400 hotels serviced by the television provider LodgeNet.

Indeed, as of Tuesday the messages were already playing as soon as guests turned on their television.

Informing the “millions of guests that stay at hotels and motels each year is a significant step in engaging the full range of partners in our homeland security efforts,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

As we have documented, the promotional videos that have accompanied the launch of the ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign characterize “suspicious activity” as a whole range of mundane behaviors, including opposing surveillance, using a video camera, talking to police officers, wearing hoodies, driving vans, writing on a piece of paper, and using a cell phone recording application.

Another primary indicator of suspicious activity is also being a white middle class American citizen, if the DHS promo clips are to be believed.

One PSA specifically targeted at hotel employees and hotel guests (watch it below), characterizes paying for a room with cash as a suspicious activity that potentially indicates terrorism. In the clip, the man paying for the reservation presents and ID but his lack of a credit card causes the receptionist to report the man to her boss.

Not using a credit card to settle a hotel bill “is suspicious behavior,” according to the voiceover in the clip.

As we have documented, every historical example of such informant programs illustrates that they never lead to a more secure society, but instead breed suspicion, distrust, fear and resentment amongst the population. The only “benefit” that such programs have ever achieved is allowing the state to more easily identify and persecute political dissidents while discouraging the wider population from engaging in any criticism against the government.

Catching terrorists is the job of trained professionals, it should not be entrusted to Wal-Mart employees, hotel receptionists or holidaymakers.

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.

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“We Are Confused” – An Open Letter To Citizens Of Oakland From The Oakland Police Association (And Response)

from The Daily Bail

Letter from the Oakland Police:

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1 November 2011 – Oakland, Ca.

We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.

As your police officers, we are confused.

On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.

Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.

To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the “Stop Work” strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.

That’s hundreds of City workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against “the establishment.”

But aren’t the Mayor and her Administration part of the establishment they are paying City employees to protest? Is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?

It is all very confusing to us.

Meanwhile, a message has been sent to all police officers: Everyone, including those who have the day off, must show up for work on Wednesday. This is also being paid for by Oakland taxpayers. Last week’s events alone cost Oakland taxpayers over $1 million.

The Mayor and her Administration are beefing up police presence for Wednesday’s work strike they are encouraging and even “staffing,” spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for additional police presence – at a time when the Mayor is also asking Oakland residents to vote on an $80 parcel tax to bail out the City’s failing finances.

All of these mixed messages are confusing.

We love Oakland and just want to do our jobs to protect Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to join us in demanding that our City officials, including Mayor Quan, make sound decisions and take responsibility for these decisions. Oakland is struggling – we need real leaders NOW who will step up and lead – not send mixed messages. Thank you for listening.

Response to the Oakland Police from an anonymous commenter:

Let me make it crystal clear.  The people and vets are absolutely livid because your actions were not the actions of law abiding civilian law enforcement.  Your people acted like ruthless mercenaries playing Rainbow 6 on civilians with less-than-lethal rounds at a standoff distance that you know damn well is easily deadly.  Your tactics were dangerous, and completely against any recommended use of those non-lethals you were deploying.  If CS gas was absolutely necessary, you had no business delivering it in 40mm launchers, it should have been under-hand thrown, and kicked down the line… then flash bangs!  What the f**k!!  Seriously?!  It was completely clear on the video your last priority was public safety.  There were no paramedics standing by to take away anyone injured, and I didn’t see any one of your cops so much have a twitch of compassion when several non-combatants were injured on the ground.  None of you are f**king spec-ops operators, and I guarantee anyone in the military who is/was and heard you trying to portray yourself as super soldier wouldn’t do you the favor of pissing on you if you were on fire.

You know what, f**k all of you motherf**kers that took part in that operation.  The only problem is that this mayor doesn’t have any metaphorical balls.  Because if I were mayor, I’d cut the real balls off of every officer that fired a shot on that line, fire them, prosecute them and make them say a public apology on TV to the citizens of Oakland, starting with the chief of police.

You give good cops a bad name and put the public in danger.

Protecting the citizens… bullshit.

Dear Oakland Police – You Have No Power! 

“You have no power. Your uniform has the power. Take your uniform off. Where is the power?”

“You are being employed to animate that uniform which is an extension of the state and that’s all you are. Therefore you are expendable.”

“While you give your soul away, while you give your mind away, while you give your morals and decency away, advancing this fascist dictatorship you will be ok with the facsists you are serving.”

“But your children and your grandchildren have to live in the world you are creating. One day you are going to have to understand that, and I don’t envy you the moment when it dawns on you, because it’s going to be horrific, the world you’ve actually created.”

“The people in uniform, the dark suits that administer the system, while not being the originators of it, they have to start breaking ranks. Ok? Get some backbone, open your mind, look at what’s going on.”

“Get some frickin’ backbone before you administer, impose, and enforce a world that will be grotesque for your children and grandchildren, in fact not even that, for yourself.”

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Israel tests nuclear-capable missile 

from The RT News

A picture taken near Israel coastal Palmachim military base shows the launching of a rocket-propulsion system on November 2, 2011 (AFP Photo / Ilan Assayag)

A picture taken near Israel coastal Palmachim military base shows the launching of a rocket-propulsion system on November 2, 2011 (AFP Photo / Ilan Assayag)

TAGS: ArmsMilitaryMiddle EastIranIsrael

Israel’s military has test-fired a missile which is reportedly capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to any part of the Middle East and probably as far as Europe. It comes amid speculation that Tel Aviv is planning a military strike on Iran.

The test on Wednesday was reported with little detail by Israel’s Defense Ministry.

“Israel today carried out the test-firing of a rocket propulsion system from the Palmachim base,” a ministerial statement said. “This had been long-planned by the defense establishment and was carried out as scheduled.”

The plume left by the missile went almost straight upwards and could be seen from most parts of central Israel, reports Reuters citing eyewitness accounts.

Both local and international media believe that the missile tested was the long-range ballistic missile Jericho III. The specifications of the weapon are classified, but estimates by military experts believe it to be a three-stage solid propellant missile with a payload of more than 1,000 kilograms, which is enough to carry a nuclear warhead. It may have range of more than 11,000 kilometers and could carry a payload MIRVed warheads of smaller yield.

The news comes amid a flurry of media reports in Israel, which say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the cabinet are contemplating an attack on Iran. The reports have not been officially commented on. Some analysts believe that the government is playing a strongman card to appeal to voters after Israel’s failure to prevent Palestine’s admission to UNESCO.

Israel and its allies are calling to put pressure on Iran over its alleged intention to produce a nuclear weapon. Tehran denies the allegations. In the past Israeli air forces have attacked sites which were believe to be nuclear facilities, in Iraq in 1981 and in Syria in 2007.

The Jewish State itself has neither confirmed nor denied having a nuclear arsenal, but is widely believed to have such weapons in its possession.

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‘Palestinians are changing the rules of the game’

Palestine has received recognition by a UN body – its cultural arm has accepted it as a fully-fledged member. But this decision comes at a price, with the US cutting its part of the UNESCO funding.

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$1 million for the catch – Saudi royal boosts bounty on Israeli soldier

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Coins as payment: ‘Money’s money’

By Shellie Bailey-Shah KATU Problem Solver

Story Updated: Nov 1, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland woman says a grocery store wouldn’t let her pay for her family’s food because she was paying for it with loose change.
“Jean” was too embarrassed to show her face or use her real name, but she wanted people to hear her story.
“We had nothing to feed our children with,” she said. “So we broke out the change.”
Jean said she brought $32 in quarters to Save-a-Lot in Southeast Portland. After she grabbed her groceries, she waited until the checkout line cleared so she could pay.

“And when I went up, I told them, you know ‘I have change. Sorry, it’s hard times right now.’ And they go, ‘well we can only accept $5,'” Jean said.
“It’s money,” she added. “Money’s money.”

But the clerk wouldn’t budge, Jean said. “I was mortified. Mortified.”
Jean said she went to Fred Meyer, but the store manager insisted she use the change machine where you’re charged a fee of nearly 10 percent. Jean said she couldn’t afford to lose the money and started crying in front of another customer.

“He was disgusted by what they were saying too, and he said ‘I’ll take your change, I’ll buy your change from you.’ And the manager decided OK, go to the change machine and we’ll pay the fee,” Jean said.

Jean said she didn’t want to use gas money to go to her bank because it was far away.
Tuesday, both Fred Meyer and Save-a-Lot responded to calls from KATU News.

“We apologize for the inconvenience the customer experienced at the store,” said Fred Meyer Public Affairs Director Melinda Merrill. “Receiving change for a payment is a rare occurrence. Fred Meyer stores do accept change as payment and we will work with our store directors and management teams to ensure they know this.”
Save-a-Lot External Communications Manager Chon Tomlin also apologized Tuesday.

“We deeply apologize for the misunderstanding that occurred recently at our SE Foster location. As a corporate policy, we accept all forms of payment, except for American Express. There is no maximum limit on cash payments, specifically those involving coins of any type,” Tomlin said.

When the KATU Problem Solvers called around to other grocery stores in our area and said they were from KATU, all of the store managers said loose change was acceptable as payment. But when they called back as customers, they got a different story:

QFC would only accept $5 or $6 in loose change.

Albertsons said they would only accept $5.

WinCo and Safeway didn’t have a cutoff, but said they tell customers to use the change machine.

Only Whole Foods and New Seasons were open to accepting change, no matter what the amount.

The KATU Problem Solvers checked with the Oregon Attorney General, who said while there is a federal law saying coins are legal tender, there is not a law that mandates private businesses accept them as payment.

“If the government issues you the money, they should take it,” said Jean.

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Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Organizing to stop FBI repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists

Timeline of events

2010

September 24: Over 70 FBI agents simultaneously raid homes and serve subpoenas to prominent antiwar and international solidarity activists in Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, and Grand Rapids, MI.

  • FBI agents seize documents, computers, cell phones, passports, family photos and children’s artwork.

  • FBI agents also visit and attempt to question activists in Milwaukee, WI, Durham, NC, and San Jose, CA.

  • Fourteen subpoenas to a federal grand jury in Chicago are issued, ordering the subpoenaed activists to appear before the grand jury on October 5, 12 and 19, 2010.

  • Search warrants and subpoenas indicate that the FBI is looking for evidence related to the “material support of terrorism”.

September 28: The San Francisco Labor Council becomes the first labor organization to issue a strong condemnation of the FBI raids. Eventually, dozens of trade union locals, labor councils, and other organizations of labor – collectively representing over 800,000 workers – will issue statements and take action.

September 24 – October 1: Thousands of Americans take to the streets and hold protests in front of FBI and federal buildings to protest the raids. Over sixty cities across the country hold demonstrations. The International Action Center initiates a national petition to Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama, quickly generating thousands of signatures. Hundreds of antiwar, civil liberties, student, religious, and international solidarity organizations begin to issue statements of solidarity and organize actions in support of those being targeted by the FBI.

October 1: The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 5 issues statement condemning the FBI raids on anti-war activists and union members at its state convention. Council 5 is the union of 46,000 public sector workers in Minnesota. Many of the people subpoenaed from Minnesota are members of AFSCME Local 3800.

October 5, 12, 19: Each of the fourteen subpoenaed activists declines to appear before the grand jury, pleading his or her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The U.S. Attorney’s office temporarily suspends the activists’ subpoenas.

October 8: FBI agents continued their campaign against anti-war activists in the Twin Cities. Jenny Eisert, a member of the Anti-War Committee said, “FBI agents came to my work and wanted to talk to me about activists in the anti-war movement. I was called away from my desk and when I refused to talk to them, they tried to turn me against my friends and fellow activists.”

October 18: Sixty-two members of the Minnesota State Legislature, including members of the leadership of the State House and Senate, sign a “Dear Colleague” letter (based on this resolution) addressing President Obama, U.S. Senators Klobuchar and Franken, and Minnesota’s U.S. House delegation, supporting their constituents targeted by the FBI raids.  Also on October 18, 68 organizations and dozens of public figures demand an end to FBI investigations and Grand Jury subpoenas on community activists,via a jointly signed letter. Signatories include the American Friends Service Committee (Western Region), National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and American-Arab anti-Discrimination Committee, as well as four San Francisco Supervisors, and Rashida Tlaib of the Michigan House of Representatives.

October 23: When President Obama came to speak in Minneapolis, activists handed out thousands of leaflets and got hundreds of post cards signed by Obama supporters calling on the FBI to stop attacks on the anti-war and international solidarity movement.

November 2: The U.S. Attorney’s office notified lawyers that three of the original 14 people subpoenaed would have their subpoenas reactivated. Later that week, Anh Pham, Tracy Molm and Sarah Martin were named as the three to be reactivated.

November 6: First national coalition meeting of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression held in New York City. Over 150 people attend very successful meeting, which builds broad coalition support and motivation to stop FBI harassment of the movement and to defend the activists under attack.

November 17: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) writes letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about the FBI raids and subpoenas against anti-war activists.

November 17 – December 2: Three delegations of subpoenaed activists and supporters go to Washington D.C. and meet with dozens of U.S. Congresspeoples’ offices about the case and urge them to speak out and take action to stop the grand jury harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists.

November 19: Open Letter signed by 43 prominent community, civil and human rights organizations to President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr and the U.S. Congress, condeming the FBI and grand jury attacks on anti-war & international solidarity activists.

November 22: Government asks for and is granted renewal of sealing of the applications used to obtain the warrants for the raids on homes and offices on September 24. So the secret investigation continues.

Early November: FBI agents attempt to visit home of a former member of the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee.

December 3: Three new women in Chicago are subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury on January 25, 2011. The three went on a delegation to Palestine together in the summer 2009.  Two are Palestinian-American and the other one Sarah Smith is Jewish.  Smith made this public statement.  This brings the total number of subpoenas to 17.

December 8: Two more anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists in Chicago are subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury on January 25, 2011. This brings the subpoena total to 19.

December 21 (Chicago): FBI delivers four new subpoenas to Palestine solidarity activists in Chicago, including Maureen Murphy, a journalist and organizer with the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago. Murphy released this statement after receiving a subpoena. The subpoenas order them to a January 25, 2011 grand jury date. This brings the total number of activists subpoenaed to 23.

December 21 (Minneapolis): Dozens of activists and progressive organizations in Minnesota get together to request a copy of their FBI files under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to attempt to learn how broad the surveillance and harassment of progressive movements goes.

2011

January 12: At a press conference in Minneapolis, activists announce that a law enforcement officer infiltrated the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee (AWC). The infiltrator went by the name Karen Sullivan, joined the AWC in April 2008, and about a year later she joined the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

January 25: Grand jury hearing date scheduled of the 9 additional people subpoenaed in December. 50 protests in 49 cities take place across the United States and the world. The nine release a statement announcing that they will not appear before the grand jury.

February 12, 19: Regional conferences of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression are held in San Francisco, CA (2/12), Chicago, IL (2/12), New York, NY (2/19), and the Triangle Area, North Carolina (2/19). Hundreds of activists participate in the conferences.

March 4: In the 2010 Annual Report of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), a body of the Organization of American States, the IACHR took note of the FBI and grand jury repression of antiwar and international solidarity activists. The IACHR discusses the FBI raids in a section called “Evaluation of the state of freedom of expression in the hemisphere.” More info & IACHR report here.

March 19: The Committee to Stop FBI Repression joins with and helps build the national day of action of local anti-war protests around the country. CSFR’s flyer Opposing War is Not a Crime is distributed at local protests around the country.

April 5: Rep. David Price (4th District, North Carolina) writes letter of concern to Attorney General Eric Holder about FBI investigation of anti-war activists.

April 9,10: The Committee to Stop FBI Repression participates in and has speakers at the bi-coastal national anti-war protests in New York City and the Bay Area. CSFR’s flyerOpposing War is Not a Crime is distributed at both national protests.

April 14: Congressman David Price of North Carolina’s 4th district writes a letter of concern about the FBI raids on anti-war activists to Attorney General Eric Holder. It is the third such letter by members of Congress, following letters by Rep. Keith Ellison (Minnesota) and Rep. Danny Davis (Illinois). Rep. Price is the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

April 26: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (Illinois) writes letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the September 24 FBI raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists. Rep. Schakowsky also attached a letter provided by Michael Deutsch, an attorney with the People’s Law office and a member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression legal team.

April 28: Representative Jim McDermott of the 7th District in the State of Washingtonwrites letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concern about the targeting of political and anti-war activists, the suppression of 1st amendment protected free speech, and asking for more information on the FBI raids and Grand Jury repression.

May 2 – 4: The CSFR sends a delegation to visit with congressional offices in Washington, D.C. and meets with 25 offices in two days.

May 6: Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois) writes a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concerns about the FBI raids.

May 6: Bank accounts of Hatem Abudayyeh and his wife, Naima at TCF Bank are frozen. A call-in campaign was immediately lauched to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitgerald’s office, which claimed they didn’t initiate the freeze. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which has the power to freeze assets, also said they were not responsible.

May 10: TCF Bank admits they had unilaterally frozen Hatem and Naima Abudayyeh’s bank accounts, and after days of pressure they finally return the Abudayyehs’ money.

May 12: House Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize provisions of the PATRIOT Act. In the debate, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas spoke against the PATRIOT Act. To show that the PATRIOT Act had led to abuses of civil liberties, she pointed to the case of the 23 anti-war, labor and international solidarity activists facing FBI and grand jury repression. Her office requested a personal letter from some of the Midwest activists being subjected to this investigation, and submitted into the Congressional record this letter from Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner.

May 13: Rep. John Lewis (5th District, Georgia) sends a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about the FBI investigation of anti-war activists.

May 17: Carlos Montes’s Los Angeles-area home is raided at 5:00 a.m. by a Los Angeles County Sheriff SWAT team together with FBI agents. His door is broken down, house is ransacked, and his computer, cell phone, computer disks, photos, and 44 years worth of political activist files were taken. He was arrested and FBI agents immediately attempted to question him about the case of anti-war activists in the Midwest who had been raided on 9/24/10, and about Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

May 18: CSFR press conference: activists who had been raided in Minneapolis on September 24, 2010 announce the release of a file of secret FBI documents that the FBI apparently accidentally left behind in the raid on Mick Kelly and Linden Gawboy’s apartment in Minneapolis. Gawboy stumbled across the file on April 30th while cleaning out a file cabinet (during the FBI raid, agents went through large numbers of Kelly’s files, and they likely got their file mixed up in the shuffle of so many papers). The FBI documents reveal the operations plan for the raid, their military hardware and preparations for the raid, the questions they intended to ask the anti-war activists about their political ideas and activities, and more. CSFR statement on the FBI documents.

May 26: Rep. Michael Capuano (8th District, Massachusetts) writes letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about the FBI investigation of anti-war activists.

May 27: During a speaking event in Minneapolis, MN, Attorney General Eric Holder was repeatedly questioned by protesters about the case of FBI repression against anti-war activists, generating national publicity for the case.

June 13: The Washington Post runs a cover story about the case of FBI repression against anti-war activists.

June 16: Carlos Montes has his first court date stemming from the May 17 raid on his home. The Committee to Stop FBI Repression calls a national day of protests coinciding with the court date.

July 6: Carlos Montes appears in Alhambra Court, where he declared himself not guilty of six felonies relating to California’s firearm laws.

July 25: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) writes strong letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about the FBI investigation of anti-war activists.

August 12: Carlos Montes case moved to Los Angeles courthouse. Supporters, family and friends of Carlos pack the court room and picket outside the building. A national call-in day is also mobilized to demand that the charges against Montes be dropped and that repression of anti-war activists be stopped. The first judge assigned to the case was Marylou Villar Longoria. The prosecutor exercised his right to get a different judge, so Judge Rehm will now be presiding. The prosecution agreed to return property seized in the May 17 raid on Montes’ home, including Montes’ computer, cell phone and files documenting current political activism and decades of political activism. The prosecution refused a request from Montes’ attorney Jorge Gonzales for information about communications between the FBI and Sheriff’s Department.

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