"In late September the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and anti-war offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Following the raids the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several anti-war and community organizations. In carrying out these repressive actions, the Justice department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project which decided that non-violent First Amendment speech and advocacy “coordinated with” or “under the direction of” a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as “terrorist” was a crime.
The search warrants and grand jury subpoenas make it quite clear that the federal prosecutors are intent on accusing public non-violent political organizers, many affiliated with Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), of providing “material support,” through their public advocacy, for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Secretary of State has determined that both the PLFP and the FARC “threaten US national security, foreign policy or economic interests,” a finding not reviewable by the Courts, and listed both groups as foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).
PFLP and FARC are vicious terrorist organizations who not only advocate violence but practice it so there is no doubt that SCOTUS was correct in outlawing any support for them. If the alleged peace-lovers above really were peace-lovers they would have nothing to do with such organizations. There have always been some types of speech that are not protected (e.g. libel, sedition) and support for terrorism is well within that tradition.
The complainants above say that they were just trying to convert FARC, PFLP etc. to peaceful behavior but nobody would seriously think that possible. It's just a front and they were correctly and properly targeted by the FBI
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