Avalanche of fed & local police state crackdown activity in Minnesota! Criminal intelligence data and moar

Stressful day in Minneapolis as feds raided antiwar activists with no actual charges in the offing. The day before the raids I checked out a weird police intelligence workgroup at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and with other threads coming together it was pretty freaky.

But I managed to slap together some videos so please tell yr friends if you like :) For more info on the police intel database stuff please see Rich Neumeister's new blog at http://opensecretsmn.blogspot.com/. Welcome to Internets, Rich!

New MN Police Intel Workgroup, Ramsey Co Sheriff Bob Fletcher RNC data requests, fusion centers
By Dan Feidt -- On the rainy Thursday just before the massive FBI raid against peace activists in Minneapolis, law enforcement officials spent a day at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension headquarters in St Paul presenting many of Minnesota's lesser-known police database systems, taking questions from a formal panel at an open meeting. The "SF 2725 Workgroup," a panel of mostly law enforcement, plus NAACP and ACLU representatives, which is supposed to recommend a new policy on the laws surrounding Minnesota police databases. At this meeting, the workgroup's third, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher discussed handling data practices requests after the 2008 RNC for members of the RNC Welcoming Committee, "well, not all of them" and "a related group" which very likely could be the now-raided Anti-War Committee. http://www.bca.state.mn.us/SF2725/Meeting082510/Recording%2008252010%20M... http://www.bca.state.mn.us/SF2725/Meeting090810/Recording%20090810%20Mee...

Minneapolis Activist Raid Press Conference 9/24/10 FBI Antiwar Crackdown
The social justice community in Minneapolis continued to respond Friday afternoon to the raids of several of its members homes, which started before 7am this morning. Since then, a dozen activists have been served with grand jury subpoenas, including many in Minneapolis, according to Fight Back News. It is believed the federal grand jury is centered in Chicago, and is investigating alleged ties to "foreign terrorist organizations"--a charge which activists have immediately dismissed as illegitimate and unjustified. The Star Tribune reported earlier today that according to an FBI spokesperson, a total of six homes were raided in Minneapolis and two in Chicago. This statement is unconfirmed by activists, who have identified at least four of the homes in Minneapolis--one above Hard Times Cafe in Cedar-Riverside, one north of Powderhorn Park, one on Park Avenue near Lake Street and one in Stevens Square. Antiwar leaders have said that other members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization were targeted with raids, surveillance and subpoenas in Michigan, North Carolina and potentially California. http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/sep/updated-info-least-four-minneapolis-hou... http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/sep/breaking-news-least-four-houses-minneap... http://rnc8.org

FBI Raids Spark Antiwar Protest-Minneapolis Community Organizing Meeting Not Bullied-9.24.2010

Sept 24 2010 - Emergency Meeting - Walker Church, Minneapolis MN -After a wave of FBI raids against local peace activists, an emergency community meeting unties 200 voices of opposition. Rallies planned at federal buildings across America against Feds' peace movement crackdown more - http://tc.indymedia.org
Later at the rally on Monday, attorney Bruce Nestor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRMl13-aQQU
and Sheriff Fletcher's spy guys photographed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bAeVIsqsWI

Protest at FBI Raids Antiwar Crackdown 9.27.2010 Subpoena WAMM Sarah Martin, Raid SDS Tracy Molm
Sarah Martin from WAMM subpoenaed by FBI Monday-Protest rally at FBI Building in Minneapolis. Tracy Molm describes in context of state repression around the world. More: http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/sep/roundup-dont-fck-our-activists-communit... http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/sep/updates-least-four-minneapolis-houses-r... Sheriff Fletcher sends spies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHGGI7Mr5T0 Community meeting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bAeVIsqsWI&feature=player_embedded

Rally Minneapolis FBI Protest-Material Terrorism Bruce Nestor NLG-Bad Law
Rally against FBI raid at Minneapolis Field Office downtown-segment - Bruce Nestor from National Lawyers Guild on the domestic crackdown, and NLG workshops dealing with this law -- Nestor says it makes it illegal for Jimmy Carter to have done election work in Lebanon because that involves talking to Hezbollah -- both political party & federally designated terrorist organization. More http://tc.indymedia.org Meanwhile Bob Fletcher's deputies crossed into Hennepin County from Ramsey to photograph everyone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHGGI7Mr5T0

Clyde Bellecourt Protest at FBI Raids Antiwar Crackdown on "New Indians" 9.27.2010
Protest at Minneapolis FBI office Sept 27 2010 after raids on antiwar activists- Clyde Bellcourt describes many now targeted by government as "new Indians". Flipcam ran out of power
More: http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/sep/roundup-dont-fck-our-activists-communit...
http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/sep/updates-least-four-minneapolis-houses-r...
Sheriff Fletcher sends spies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHGGI7Mr5T0
Community meeting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bAeVIsqsWI&feature=player_embedded

More info -- this was just distributed today:

1. Monday, October 4 – National Call in Day
Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General: 202-353-1555
President Obama: 202-456-1111
Demand :
**End repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists!
**Return all materials seized in the raid!
**Stop the Grand Jury Subpoenas of activists!

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547865940&success=1#!/event.php?eid=122363951151785&ref=ts

2. Tuesday, October 5 – Protest
4:30 p.m.
Outside FBI headquarters
111 Washington Ave S
(Corner of Marquette and Washington Aves)
Minneapolis
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547865940&success=1#!/event.php?eid=112692518792473&ref=ts
**or check in your city for plan protests

3. Sign the online petition:
http://www.iacenter.org/stopfbi

5. Download this leaflet and help get the story out!
http://stopfbi.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/fbi1.pdf
6. For more info and to read solidarity statements from around the world:
Committee To Stop FBI Repression: www.stopfbi.net Email: stopfbi@gmail.com

Background:
Many members of groups belonging to the Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout were targeted by the FBI.

Thousands have come together in response to the FBI raids on seven homes and an anti-war office on Friday, September 24, 2010. Across the country organizations and individuals are standing together to protest the United States government’s attempt to silence and criminalize anti-war and international solidarity activists.

Jess Sundin said, “These raids and subpoenas are an attack on anti-war and other progressive movements. It is an attack on our freedom to speak, our freedom to assemble with like-minded people, and our freedom to tell the government that their actions and policies are wrong. It is an attempt to clear the way for more wars and occupations of other countries by the U.S. military.”

Protests against the intimidation and harassment have taken place or are planned for 39 cities across the country. From Minneapolis and Chicago, to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Kalamazoo, MI and Dallas, Texas. The response has been tremendous an continues to grow.

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Check it out: StopFBI.net Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547865940&success=1#!/pages/Committee-to-Stop-FBI-Repression/157815534236433?ref=ts

All right I'll leave it there for now. Freaky times!!

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