The “FBI SWAT teams br[oke] down doors at 7 am Friday (Sept 24) morning and raid[ed] the homes of several anti-war leaders and activists in Minneapolis, Chicago and possibly a couple other Midwest cities. Members of the FBI’s ‘Joint Terrorism Task Force’ spent a few hours at each Minneapolis residence, seizing personal photographs and papers, computers and cell phones as well as serving Federal Grand Jury subpoenas on the various activists.”
A summary, overall: “You can almost argue that a protest against the ‘war on terror’ is a terrorist act.” One quote. One mentality. One goal (regardless of history/law). COINTELPRO activities against “subversives” did not end with the Church Committee – and, FISA was only updated as a means of Retroactively providing Immunity to felonious crimes which took place on a national scale (as directed from the Oval Office). “Directives” to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” remain – some hidden, some clear, yet obviously unabated.
During the Orwellian labeling, fear, and panic incitements of the Bush administration, All of us understood an overt message: You Are Under Suspicion/We Are Watching You. ‘All of us’ included the millions who spoke out or dissented, peacefully and patriotically, against . . . the highest levels of Executive abuses. Those oppressive and regressive measures which [purposely] made average activists feel as if they could be arrested at any time, solely because the President viewed their protests (clarified in the Constitution/Bill of Rights) as ‘unpatriotic’ expressions possibly worthy of an ‘Enemy Combatant’ designation, served, without a doubt, to enhance certain senses: Our guaranteed Freedoms and Rights are only illusionary and/or temporary (depending on who is in power/what agenda currently prevails).
HUAC, in the present (through modern scales): “The war on dissent, rather than terrorism, continue[s] full steam.” Is it disloyal to be ashamed, and outspoken, when our country is guilty of the following? : Secret Evidence. Secret Accusers. Secret Locations. Secret (Tortured Confession) Methods. Secret Sentences. Secrets of the State.
Is it reasonable to be covertly, as well as openly, harassed into a voiceless (submissive) acceptance of the latter? If so, to what country are we referring?