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National Day of Protest Jan. 25 Against FBI Infiltration and Intimidation of Activist Communities

In the fall of 2010, the FBI raided a number of homes and an office across various midwestern cities in the United States. These raids were the result of infiltrations into communities of peace activists by agents of the FBI, and have resulted in 23 subpoenas and a variety of other threats from the federal government, a result of the activists’ choice to peaceably assemble, speak and petition for the redress of grievances. If that sort of activity sounds familiar, that’s because it is not criminalized but rather endorsed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is essential that the conduct of political dissent be defended, whether or not we agree with a particular cause, because the erosion of the rights of dissent for one activist community will lead to the erosion of political protest rights for everyone.

If you agree that dissent is essential to keep the heart of American democracy beating, and if you feel that the FBI in particular and the U.S. government generally stop infiltrating and intimidating peaceful, law-abiding activists, then you are invited to gather in one of dozens of communities across the country on a day of protest called for January 25 2010 by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression.

As of tonight, protests are planned in these cities: Tuscaloosa, AL | Tucson, AZ | Los Angeles, CA | San Francisco, CA | San Jose, CA | Hartford, CT | New Haven, CT | Washington, DC | Gainesville, FL | Tallahassee, FL | Atlanta, GA | Chicago, IL | Louisville, KY | Boston, MA | Ann Arbor, MI | Detroit, MI | Duluth, MN | Asheville, NC | Albany, NY | New York, NY | Dallas, TX | Provo, UT | Seattle, WA | Milwaukee, WI. Chances are, in other words, that there will be a demonstration near you.

9 thoughts on “National Day of Protest Jan. 25 Against FBI Infiltration and Intimidation of Activist Communities”

  1. Tom says:

    How much surveillance will be on the protesters? Will they be added to the list of “subversive elements”? Will rogue or regular police use “excessive force” on them or will they be “renditioned” or simply disappeared when arrested? Maybe the Homeland Security crowd will plan on trying out some of their new weapons in crowd control. Finally, like protesting the war(s), how much will it change the way these goons use their power to “protect” us?

    i’m all for protesting, writing letters and signing petitions (and do so whenever the chance arises), but it sure hasn’t changed much since we voted in the hope and change chump. He’s just replaced one Wall Street guy for another, continues the wars while making speeches to stop violence, and his policies are more conservative than those of Bush jr. on the homeland/military front.

    Best of luck! (Philly doesn’t even HAVE a protest planned.)

  2. Jon says:

    I would argue that the first amendment right is a claim that might not be stretched to cover the activities of organizations that seek to over through the government of the United States. As such Marxist, Socialist and Communist organization are counter to the purpose of the US Constitution and would then be targets of lawful government counter intelligence activities. Community activist generally follow the pattern of Saul Alinsky and Rules for Radicals and are dedicated to a vast restructuring of our current form of government, A Democratic Republic.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Try actually reading the Constitution, then repeating what you just wrote with a straight face.

      1. Jon says:

        You’re saying that the founders would have countenanced Marxism or communism and protected those form of government? If you are I would say you are totally wrong contrary to what your liberal college professor told you. The founders were completely familiar with those forms of government, under different names and utterly rejected them and saw them as harmful to the public good. Their intent was to strike a balance between anarchy and total government control and they were well aware of all the failed forms of past government.

        (Eccl 1:3-18 NIV) What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? {4} Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. {5} The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. {6} The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. {7} All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. {8} All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. {9} What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun…

        oh yeah the constitution is a ” living Document” too..right Jim?!

        1. Jim Cook says:

          I’m saying that the founders explicitly countenanced political assembly speech, debate, dissent and advocacy. Marxist, Socialist and Communist organizations in the United States have for many decades engaged in these activities in law-abiding fashion. Their civic actions are thoroughly and explicitly protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, and the Constitution is the supreme law of this county, not Ecclesiastes. If constitutional protections only extend to Ideas Jon Likes, then the Constitution isn’t worth a bucket of cold spit.

          P.S. The people at the Constitutional convention could not possibly have been aware of Marxism, Socialism or Communism as “failed forms of past government,” since these varying political ideologies arose during the course of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, not the late 18th Century.

          P.S.S. You want to throw around pointless jabs about my “liberal college professor”? I can throw some pointless jabs about your Human Events Politically Incorrect Guides bookshelf. Then we can move on to comments about one another’s mommies if you’d like. I’d just like to have a roadmap for this conversation so I know what to expect.

          1. jon says:

            My mother is dead Jim. So that attack is gone for you.
            The names weren’t there but the practices were well worn prior to the formation of the Constitution. The Founding Fathers were students of ancient history are well as contemporary theory on political science. When the Pilgrims came to this country, they almost starved to death the first 5 or 6 years because the enterprise was organized as a commune in much the same ways the ancient Israelites had done. There was no personal initiative for people. It wasn’t until after the first winter and the contract was rewritten to allow for the allotment of private land plots that they began to prosper.

            From Wikipedia:
            Due to the aristocratic backgrounds of many of the new colonists, a historic drought and the communal nature of their work load, progress through the first few years was inconsistent, at best. By 1613, six years after Jamestown’s founding, the organizers and shareholders of the Virginia Land Company were desperate to increase the efficiency and profitability of the struggling colony. Without stockholder consent, Governor Dale assigned 3-acre (12,000 m2) plots to its “ancient planters” and smaller plots to the “settlement’s” later arrivals. Measurable economic progress was made, and the settlers began expanding their planting to land belonging to local native tribes.

            What to expect? Knowing that would make this boring!

          2. jon says:

            I would also point out that communism is dedicated to the over through of the US government. That might be something to consider.


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