Below is Sherwood Ross’ piece about the FBI’s early-morning raids, three days ago, on the homes of anti-war activists in Minneapolis and Chicago.
Ross mentions the ACLU’s review of Team Obama’s first 18 months in power. Published last July, that dismal survey is as relevant as ever; so here’s the URL. Please read that piece as well as Ross’s piece, and pass them on.
p.s. OpEd News, which published Ross’s article (and what has also posted quite a number of my writings), needs desperately to raise $1450 this month. Please see if you can do something, anything, to help them out:
National Security, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Under the Obama Administration
An 18-Month Review
In the eighteen months since the issuance of those executive orders, the administration’s record on issues related to civil liberties and national security has been, at best, mixed. Indeed, on a range of issues including accountability for torture, detention of terrorism suspects, and use of lethal force against civilians, there is a very real danger that the Obama administration will enshrine permanently within the law policies and practices that were widely considered extreme and unlawful during the Bush administration. There is a real danger, in other words, that the Obama administration will preside over the creation of a “new normal.”
More Americans Losing Their Liberties Every Day
by Sherwood Ross
You might give the FBI the benefit of the doubt that it had some incriminating evidence when it raided the homes of eight antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago September 24th except for the fact that its past record in such cases is stinko. The F.B.I. broke down Mick Kelly’s door around 7 a.m., and it wasn’t to get an early cup of coffee from a man employed as a food service worker at the University of Minnesota. The agents were probing to see if the occupants of any of the homes they burst into were supporting “terror organizations.” Uncle Sam here might be a trifle jealous of private citizens’ backing violent entities when it has always assumed it had a superpower’s exclusive franchise to fund violence. The Midwest raids are correctly seen as “a U.S. government attempt to silence those who support resistance to oppression and violence in the Middle East and Latin America,” by the International Action Center of New York, an anti-militarist group. Kelly, after all, was a key figure in organizing the successful 2008 anti-war street protests that embarrassed the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. In today’s America, standing up for peace automatically makes you a terror suspect.