USA – FBI gegen Kriegsgegner

Am letzten Freitag kam es vor allem im Mittleren Westen zu Durchsuchungen bei bekannten Kriegsgegnern und Aktivisten.

The FBI’s search warrants indicate agents were looking for connections between local antiwar activists and groups in Colombia and the Middle East. Eight people were issued subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago. Most of the people whose homes were searched or who were issued subpoenas had helped organize or attended protests at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, two years ago.

The federal law cited in the search warrants prohibits, quote, „providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations.“ In June, the Supreme Court rejected a free speech challenge to the material support law from humanitarian aid groups that said some of its provisions put them at risk of being prosecuted for talking to terrorist organizations about nonviolent activities. Some of groups listed by name in the warrants are Hezbollah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The warrants also authorized agents to to seize items such as electronics, photographs, videos, address books and letters.

Friday’s raids come on the heels of a Justice Department probe that found the FBI improperly monitored activist groups and individuals from 2001 to 2006.

Im oben verlinkten Artikel ist ein Video der Sendung „Democracy now“ und netterweise auch ein Script – hochinteressante Lektüre.

Was das ganze soll, ist vorläufig noch etwas rätselhaft. Einerseits scheint man Proteste gegen den Convent der Republikaner bereits im Vorfeld ersticken zu wollen, andererseits nach Beweisen zu angeln, um missliebige Aktivisten durch die Anwendung von Anti-Terror-Gesetzen mundtot zu machen:

Officials seem to be fishing for evidence that they can somehow used to tie the domestic antiwar movement to some foreign terrorist group and charge its members with providing “material aid to terrorism.” Yet whether they can manufacture this evidence or not, the tactics used in the search seem certain to have a deleterious effect on the ablity to speak out against the administration going forward.

Eine Verwaltung, eine Regierung, die es nötig haben, ihre Gegner auf diese Weise zu schikanieren, muss sich sehr unsicher fühlen. Was wäre, wenn mehr Amerikaner Wahrheiten erführen, die man ihnen sorgfältig zu verschweigen sucht?