Couple months ago, the feds stormed an intentional community in Dallas, TX. SWAT teams, fully loaded guns and drones flying above. The warrant was citation for an unpaid parking ticket, and assumed drug trafficking. No drugs or paraphernalia was ever found. Main reason for suspicion was based on word choice on their website… this is the future if we allow government to take internet freedom away from us.
The SWAT team sounded like a bunch of yahoo’s.
You know they prefer to hire police with low IQ… keeps them obedient.
Too bad the people who are supposed to protect citizens are actually too dumb to have civil non-violent conversations instead of shoving a gun in the face of people on their own property.
This is messed up and only going to happen more often as people continue to share anti-corporatism over the internet. Don’t believe me? I know for sure of one that happened a couple years ago in Oregon. A group of three young activists were raided, arrested, and held in solitary confinement for reading material found. That’s right, BOOKS. Jailed for books.. Here is a blurb about that case for anyone interested in more details. From change.org:
On July 25, the homes of Leah-Lynne Plante, Katherine “KteeO” Oleinic, and Matt Duran were raided by federal agents. The agents knocked down their doors, handcuffed the three targets and their roommates, and searched their homes.
What were these three suspected of? Arms smuggling? Child Pornography? No. Actually, nothing. That’s right, these three young people were not accused of any crime. These aggressive, invasive searches were the government’s way of subpoenaing them to testify before a grand jury as possible witnesses to acts of vandalism that took place nearly 200 miles from their home.
Here are Leah’s own words about the experience:
“On the morning of July 25th, 2012, my life was turned upside down in a matter of hours. FBI agents from around Washington and Oregon and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents from Washington busted down the front door of my house with a battering ram, handcuffed my house mates and me at gunpoint, and held us hostage in our backyard while they read us a search warrant and ransacked our home… As if they had taken pointers from Orwell’s 1984, they took books, artwork and other various literature as “evidence” as well as many other personal belongings…”
But the nightmare didn’t end there. The three were each separately called before a grand jury and stripped of their right to remain silent. When they refused to testify, all three were thrown in prison for contempt of court. Leah and Matt were sent directly to solitary confinement, and Leah was told she would be kept there for eighteen months. Most prison experts consider solitary confinement of more then a few days to be torture. Matt was moved to the general prison after three weeks, and Leah was released after seven days, but K’teeO and Matt remain in prison since September. Sign here to ask for their release and for charges to be dropped against all three: http://www.change.org/petitions/young-activists-raided-jailed-for-their-political-beliefs.
Why were these three young people singled out and treated so harshly for possibly having evidence about broken windows in another state? The search warrant authorized agents to search their homes for “anarchist literature and books, flags, and flag-making material.”In other words, these young people were invaded, jailed, and threatened with torture because of their political beliefs.
I don’t know Leah, K’teeO, and Matt, but I feel as if I do. I know a number of young idealist activists who are trying to make the world a better place, and these three remind me of my friends. You probably know people like them too.
If people who want change have their homes broken into by the police and are then jailed and sometimes tortured when they refuse to incriminate other activists, there is no hope for the rest of us. Don’t let America become a totalitarian state. Please sign my petition to end these three people’s suffering and to restore American freedom: http://www.change.org/petitions/young-activists-raided-jailed-for-their-political-beliefs.