Seattle FBI now targeting climate activistsJuly 4, 2013
In the past 48 hours at least six Seattle climate activists have been approached by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at their home or school. In light of recent revelations about the extent of state surveillance by federal agencies we feel it is important to share this information with the broader activist community in Seattle and nationwide.
Please show solidarity with the Seattle activists facing this investigation by sharing this statement. We will provide updates if the situation escalates.
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Seattle FBI now targeting climate activists
July 4, 2013

In the past 48 hours at least six Seattle climate activists have been approached by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at their home or school. In light of recent revelations about the extent of state surveillance by federal agencies we feel it is important to share this information with the broader activist community in Seattle and nationwide.

Please show solidarity with the Seattle activists facing this investigation by sharing this statement. We will provide updates if the situation escalates.

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The People’s Record coming to Portland the 20th, leaving the 23rd!
Need recommendations for groups, activists, community leaders etc who would make good interviews that we can reach out to ASAP.
Also need housing offer. We may or may not having something worked out…waiting to hear back. If not, then we have a pretty narrow period of time to find housing for the nights of the 20th, 21st and 22nd. If you can house us for any/all nights, please don’t hesitate to reach out. There are two of us, friendly, easy-going, not-too-weird! Pets are fine, 420 friendly, etc. Really, we’re not fussy at all. The closer to transit the better.
Also looking for recommendations for Seattle interviews!
Email: thepeoplesrec@gmail.com

The People’s Record coming to Portland the 20th, leaving the 23rd!

Need recommendations for groups, activists, community leaders etc who would make good interviews that we can reach out to ASAP.

Also need housing offer. We may or may not having something worked out…waiting to hear back. If not, then we have a pretty narrow period of time to find housing for the nights of the 20th, 21st and 22nd. If you can house us for any/all nights, please don’t hesitate to reach out. There are two of us, friendly, easy-going, not-too-weird! Pets are fine, 420 friendly, etc. Really, we’re not fussy at all. The closer to transit the better.

Also looking for recommendations for Seattle interviews!

Email: thepeoplesrec@gmail.com

22 arrested, demanding Obama keep his promises on climate
June 18, 2013

Twenty-two environmental activists who staged a sit-in to protest the expansion of the Keystone XL Pipeline that would bring crude oil from Canada to the United States were arrested as part of a planned protest this morning outside the State Department offices in the Loop, police said.

About 8:30 a.m., a group of about 30 demonstrators from various environment groups gathered at the Metcalfe Federal Building at 77 W. Jackson Blvd., which also houses the State Department, police said. Chicago police said 12 women and 10 men were arrested and cited with criminal trespass for blocking the entryway to the building. No one was hurt and the protest was peaceful, police said.

President Barack Obama is under pressure from environmental groups to veto the northern section of the proposed $5.3 billion pipeline, which would take crude from the Alberta tar sands in Western Canada to refineries in Texas.

Obama is expected to make a decision on the pipeline late this year. The southern half of the pipeline, from Texas to Oklahoma, is more than halfway built. The northern section needs State Department approval because it crosses an international border.

Environmentalists say the pipeline will speed up development of the oil sands, where extracting crude from the oil-rich bitumen uses much more energy than does regular oil production.

One of those arrested was 33-year-old Elijah Zarlin, a senior campaign manager for CREDO, one of the groups that organized today’s event. When asked what is wrong with the proposed pipeline, he said: “Everything.”

But Zarlin, of Oakland, Calif., said his group’s biggest issue is that the pipeline will lead to the production of tar sands, which he calls “one of the biggest pools of carbon on the planet,” and will essentially lead to “environmental devastation.”

Spillage of diluted bitumin, which Zarlin described as a “toxic substance” is also a concern, he said. 
“This was the first action, our pledge of resistance against Keystone XL,” Zarlin said. “So far over 62,000 people have pledged to commit peaceful and dignified civil disobedience as we did today.”

Zarlin, who said he worked on Obama’s campaign in 2008 at their Chicago headquarters, was cited with trespassing and is scheduled to appear in court in Chicago in next month.

"I certainly never thought that I would have to come back to be arrested in order to send him the message that he needs to make good on the commitments he made … on climate change."

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Bahrain revokes citizenship of opposition membersNovember 7, 2012
The government of Bahrain revoked the citizenship of 31 activists for threats to state security, the interior ministry said. The announcement coincided with the arrests of four suspects connected to Monday bombings in which two people died.
The four arrested include prominent opposition figures: Dr Saaed Shehabi, London-based Bahraini political activist and member of the Bahrain Freedom Movement, former MP Jalal Fairooz and Hasan Mushaima, the head of the Haq Movement – a high-profile Bahraini opposition group.Their citizenship was revoked for violating Article 10 of the country’s Citizenship Act, which allows for the revocation of rights if the individual damages or threatens the state’s security.
Bahrain also announced on Tuesday that it detained four suspects in connection to the five bombings that killed two people in the capital of Manama. The Bahraini chief of public security accused Shiite Hezbollah militants from Lebanon of perpetrating the attacks.
“Their terrorist practices prove that they have been trained outside the kingdom,” Bahrain News Agency quoted Information Minister Samira Ibrahim bin Rajab as saying. “The hallmarks of Hezbollah are crystal clear.”
The minister said the opposition groups are using tactics espoused by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and blamed pro-Iran TV stations for supporting the uprising in Bahrain.
Bahrain accused Shiite Iran of instigating turmoil on a number of occasions, a charge that Tehran denies. Hezbollah also denies involvement in the country, but has criticized Bahrain’s ruling Sunni monarchy for its handling of the crisis.
Bahrain is home to the US fifth fleet. The US-allied, Sunni-dominated government has struggled to suppress the pro-democracy and largely Shiite opposition movement.
Saudi Arabia, the most powerful country in the Gulf Cooperation Council and Tehran’s main rival, strongly supported the king of Bahrain against the popular uprising, going as far as deploying Saudi security forces in the country.
Since the uprising began in February 2011, Bahraini police have responded with brutal force, and have been accused of carrying out midnight house raids in Shia neighborhoods, denying prisoners medical care and beating detainees at checkpoints.
Some 3,000 people have been arrested, and at least five people have died from torture while in custody. By April 2012, more than 80 people had died during the uprising.
Last month, a Bahraini blogger received six months in prison for allegedly insulting the ruling monarchy, and four more were arrested for insulting the king on Twitter.
In October, a Bahraini court rejected a request from human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to suspend his three-year sentence for “participation in illegal demonstrations.”
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Bahrain revokes citizenship of opposition members
November 7, 2012

The government of Bahrain revoked the citizenship of 31 activists for threats to state security, the interior ministry said. The announcement coincided with the arrests of four suspects connected to Monday bombings in which two people died.

The four arrested include prominent opposition figures: Dr Saaed Shehabi, London-based Bahraini political activist and member of the Bahrain Freedom Movement, former MP Jalal Fairooz and Hasan Mushaima, the head of the Haq Movement – a high-profile Bahraini opposition group.Their citizenship was revoked for violating Article 10 of the country’s Citizenship Act, which allows for the revocation of rights if the individual damages or threatens the state’s security.

Bahrain also announced on Tuesday that it detained four suspects in connection to the five bombings that killed two people in the capital of Manama. The Bahraini chief of public security accused Shiite Hezbollah militants from Lebanon of perpetrating the attacks.

“Their terrorist practices prove that they have been trained outside the kingdom,” Bahrain News Agency quoted Information Minister Samira Ibrahim bin Rajab as saying. “The hallmarks of Hezbollah are crystal clear.”

The minister said the opposition groups are using tactics espoused by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and blamed pro-Iran TV stations for supporting the uprising in Bahrain.

Bahrain accused Shiite Iran of instigating turmoil on a number of occasions, a charge that Tehran denies. Hezbollah also denies involvement in the country, but has criticized Bahrain’s ruling Sunni monarchy for its handling of the crisis.

Bahrain is home to the US fifth fleet. The US-allied, Sunni-dominated government has struggled to suppress the pro-democracy and largely Shiite opposition movement.

Saudi Arabia, the most powerful country in the Gulf Cooperation Council and Tehran’s main rival, strongly supported the king of Bahrain against the popular uprising, going as far as deploying Saudi security forces in the country.

Since the uprising began in February 2011, Bahraini police have responded with brutal force, and have been accused of carrying out midnight house raids in Shia neighborhoods, denying prisoners medical care and beating detainees at checkpoints.

Some 3,000 people have been arrested, and at least five people have died from torture while in custody. By April 2012, more than 80 people had died during the uprising.

Last month, a Bahraini blogger received six months in prison for allegedly insulting the ruling monarchy, and four more were arrested for insulting the king on Twitter.

In October, a Bahraini court rejected a request from human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to suspend his three-year sentence for “participation in illegal demonstrations.”

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West Virginia anti-mining activist reports police brutality after arrest
August 3, 2012
Environmental activists on Thursday demanded that West Virginia officials investigate allegations that state troopers beat a queer anti-mountaintop coal mining activist over the weekend.
CREDO Action and Energy Action Coalition urged Attorney General Darrell McGraw and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Booth Goodwin to investigate Dustin Steele’s claims that officers dragged him across a sidewalk and asphalt at the Hobet mine in Lincoln County on July 28. Steele, 21, further alleges that an unspecified number of state troopers punched and kicked him while in custody.
Officers arrested Steele and 19 others with the group Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival after they blocked access to the mine and charged them with trespassing and obstructing an officer. RAMPS further alleges that troopers dragged a second protester by her pigtails.
Steele, a West Virginia native who has protested mountaintop coal mines for nearly a decade, told the Blade that more than 50 protesters had gathered at the mine south of Charleston in the state’s southern coalfields. Steele said roughly 30 protesters left Hobet once the officers arrived, but RAMPS maintained they forced them to walk four hours until they reached their vans parked along a nearby state highway.
A video on the group’s website shows what appears to be mine supporters holding pro-coal signs, shouting obscenities and even threatening the protesters as they walked down the access road. RAMPS claims that miners used their vehicles to prevent them from driving away from the area.
“Twenty of us chose to stay on the property and protest this form of coal mining by being arrested on the mine site,” said Steele.
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On a related note: I’ve just come back to tumblr after a week of having no internet connection (Gracie has been manning the blog by herself). With no internet, I entertained myself with cable news. It is much worse than I remembered. The stories they choose to cover are such nonsense. A few days ago I sent Gracie this text:

I’m actually flipping between all of them - HLN, CNN, FOXNews, MSNBC, CNBC (that’s the order they appear in here). Stories on loop for the day: Bloomberg advises breast-milk over formula, Romney aid says the word “asshole” to a reporter, Janet Jackson did NOT infact slap Blanket after all, and Samsung & Google fight over patents or copyrights or something.

I forgot how nonsensical TV “news” is. And what’s worse - every. single. commercial break on CNN has at least two commercials for “clean coal” or “BP - we’re still here!" or "natural gas solutions" - yuck.
-Robert

West Virginia anti-mining activist reports police brutality after arrest

August 3, 2012

Environmental activists on Thursday demanded that West Virginia officials investigate allegations that state troopers beat a queer anti-mountaintop coal mining activist over the weekend.

CREDO Action and Energy Action Coalition urged Attorney General Darrell McGraw and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Booth Goodwin to investigate Dustin Steele’s claims that officers dragged him across a sidewalk and asphalt at the Hobet mine in Lincoln County on July 28. Steele, 21, further alleges that an unspecified number of state troopers punched and kicked him while in custody.

Officers arrested Steele and 19 others with the group Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival after they blocked access to the mine and charged them with trespassing and obstructing an officer. RAMPS further alleges that troopers dragged a second protester by her pigtails.

Steele, a West Virginia native who has protested mountaintop coal mines for nearly a decade, told the Blade that more than 50 protesters had gathered at the mine south of Charleston in the state’s southern coalfields. Steele said roughly 30 protesters left Hobet once the officers arrived, but RAMPS maintained they forced them to walk four hours until they reached their vans parked along a nearby state highway.

A video on the group’s website shows what appears to be mine supporters holding pro-coal signs, shouting obscenities and even threatening the protesters as they walked down the access road. RAMPS claims that miners used their vehicles to prevent them from driving away from the area.

“Twenty of us chose to stay on the property and protest this form of coal mining by being arrested on the mine site,” said Steele.

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On a related note: I’ve just come back to tumblr after a week of having no internet connection (Gracie has been manning the blog by herself). With no internet, I entertained myself with cable news. It is much worse than I remembered. The stories they choose to cover are such nonsense. A few days ago I sent Gracie this text:

I’m actually flipping between all of them - HLN, CNN, FOXNews, MSNBC, CNBC (that’s the order they appear in here). Stories on loop for the day: Bloomberg advises breast-milk over formula, Romney aid says the word “asshole” to a reporter, Janet Jackson did NOT infact slap Blanket after all, and Samsung & Google fight over patents or copyrights or something.

I forgot how nonsensical TV “news” is. And what’s worse - every. single. commercial break on CNN has at least two commercials for “clean coal” or “BP - we’re still here!" or "natural gas solutions" - yuck.

-Robert

I realized I should probably clarify:
July 17, 2012
You probably know this, but just in case the point of the image wasn’t clear from the picture alone, Al Jazeera is better than the New York Times not because the title was more well-written or funny or anything like that. Rather, the point of the image is that the New York Times is a biased, problematic tool for the corporate media to represent and propagate a neoliberal perspective on important world events.
So we see something like the protests that have broken out in response to the self-immolation in Israel and read the titles from two publications covering it and the stories are two entirely different stories, representing incompatible accounts of what is happening in the world. I think that disparity is rooted in the fact that the New York Times is consistently biased and partial toward the ruling class.
The pun in the Al Jazeera title is pretty bad but I think it’s cool that they’re actually covering the news and what is happening in the world and not intentionally downplaying the growing unrest in Israel. Russia Today is the only international news provider that I prefer to Al Jazeera.
-R.Cunningham
EDIT: Reading the responses to this is really interesting. I’m learning lots, thanks tumblr friends! There is obviously no room for unproblematic media within capitalism. Still, Al Jazeera and Russia Today tend to represent facts in a way that seems more consistent with reality, in my humble opinion - at least in terms of international protest news.

I realized I should probably clarify:

July 17, 2012

You probably know this, but just in case the point of the image wasn’t clear from the picture alone, Al Jazeera is better than the New York Times not because the title was more well-written or funny or anything like that. Rather, the point of the image is that the New York Times is a biased, problematic tool for the corporate media to represent and propagate a neoliberal perspective on important world events.

So we see something like the protests that have broken out in response to the self-immolation in Israel and read the titles from two publications covering it and the stories are two entirely different stories, representing incompatible accounts of what is happening in the world. I think that disparity is rooted in the fact that the New York Times is consistently biased and partial toward the ruling class.

The pun in the Al Jazeera title is pretty bad but I think it’s cool that they’re actually covering the news and what is happening in the world and not intentionally downplaying the growing unrest in Israel. Russia Today is the only international news provider that I prefer to Al Jazeera.

-R.Cunningham

EDIT: Reading the responses to this is really interesting. I’m learning lots, thanks tumblr friends! There is obviously no room for unproblematic media within capitalism. Still, Al Jazeera and Russia Today tend to represent facts in a way that seems more consistent with reality, in my humble opinion - at least in terms of international protest news.

While The People’s Record was in Chicago for Socialism2012, a “No more Fukushimas” rally in Tokyo drew 200,000+ into the streets.
July 04, 2012
On Friday, June 29, more than two hundred thousand people inundated the streets around the Prime Minister’s office and residence, the Parliament building and other facilities.
Around 5:40 PM, the “protest on the sidewalk” spilled into the streets. Around 6:50 PM, all the six traffic lanes of the street from the crossing in front of the Prime Minister’s Office through the Ministry of Finance were completely occupied by workers and people, young and old, who held makeshift placards. Other streets nearby were also full of protesters. It was a Tahrir Squar in Tokyo.
The huge crowd of people began to move toward the PM’s Office, chanting “Saikado hantai” (“Stop Restart”). The panic-stricken police moved dozens of armored police vehicles and built a wall with them and stopped the march of protesters at the last minute.
Prior to this action the women from Fukushima and the rest of Japan held a rally inside the Upper House Building and in front of the main gate of the Parliament. Around 5:45 PM, they joined the protest in front of the PM’s Office and led chants and speeches. NAZEN contingents also led chants.
The delegation of Ethecon from Germany emphasized, “We have to strengthen solidarity and unity in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia in order to abolish nuclear plants.” The protesters cheered and chanted loud with them.
A historical upsurge of tens of millions of workers and people has begun.
We have to organize an anti-nuke movement in labor unions and workplaces, passing resolutions and begin mobilizing as many workers as possible to get to the Yoyogi Park rally on July 16.
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While The People’s Record was in Chicago for Socialism2012, a “No more Fukushimas” rally in Tokyo drew 200,000+ into the streets.

July 04, 2012

On Friday, June 29, more than two hundred thousand people inundated the streets around the Prime Minister’s office and residence, the Parliament building and other facilities.

Around 5:40 PM, the “protest on the sidewalk” spilled into the streets. Around 6:50 PM, all the six traffic lanes of the street from the crossing in front of the Prime Minister’s Office through the Ministry of Finance were completely occupied by workers and people, young and old, who held makeshift placards. Other streets nearby were also full of protesters. It was a Tahrir Squar in Tokyo.

The huge crowd of people began to move toward the PM’s Office, chanting “Saikado hantai” (“Stop Restart”). The panic-stricken police moved dozens of armored police vehicles and built a wall with them and stopped the march of protesters at the last minute.

Prior to this action the women from Fukushima and the rest of Japan held a rally inside the Upper House Building and in front of the main gate of the Parliament. Around 5:45 PM, they joined the protest in front of the PM’s Office and led chants and speeches. NAZEN contingents also led chants.

The delegation of Ethecon from Germany emphasized, “We have to strengthen solidarity and unity in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia in order to abolish nuclear plants.” The protesters cheered and chanted loud with them.

A historical upsurge of tens of millions of workers and people has begun.

We have to organize an anti-nuke movement in labor unions and workplaces, passing resolutions and begin mobilizing as many workers as possible to get to the Yoyogi Park rally on July 16.

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June 26, 2012
Six environmental activists were arrested on Monday at Oregon’s state capitol, two of them for climbing up flagpoles, while protesting a plan they said would sharply increase clear-cut logging of old-growth timber in a state forest.
Four protesters were cited for “unlawfully occupying the entrance to two state office suites” after locking themselves together at the offices of Oregon’s secretary of state, Kate Brown, and state Treasurer Ted Wheeler, state police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings said.
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June 26, 2012

Six environmental activists were arrested on Monday at Oregon’s state capitol, two of them for climbing up flagpoles, while protesting a plan they said would sharply increase clear-cut logging of old-growth timber in a state forest.

Four protesters were cited for “unlawfully occupying the entrance to two state office suites” after locking themselves together at the offices of Oregon’s secretary of state, Kate Brown, and state Treasurer Ted Wheeler, state police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings said.

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Bahrain Opposition Leaders Targeted and Injured by Oppressive Regime

June 23, 2012

Bahraini riot police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets Friday, injuring the head of the Shiite majority’s main political bloc while trying to break up protests in the country’s capital, the opposition said.

Al Wefaq’s secretary-general Sheik Ali Salman told The Associated Press he was hit in the shoulder and back by either a tear gas canister or stun grenade during demonstrations in Manama, which are common following Friday prayers. He had red welts on his skin but seemed otherwise in good health. Al Wefaq had earlier said that rubber bullets had caused the injury.

He said he was leading about 40 protesters on the way to a march when they encountered police who ordered them to disperse and then started firing into the crowd.

Hassan al-Marzooq, another opposition leader, was hit in the neck by a rubber bullet, an Al Wefaq statement said. He has since been taken to a private hospital in the capital for treatment.

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Togo detains 3 protest leaders, 53 others after demonstrations flex their muscles and bring thousands to the streets
June 17, 2012
Authorities in the West African nation of Togo have detained three protest leaders and 53 others over demonstrations in recent days that were dispersed with tear gas, according to officials.
"Following protests organised on June 12, 13 and 14 by the group of associations and political parties named the Let’s Save Togo collective, deliberate violence, destruction and damage were committed against individuals and public and private goods," a statement from prosecutors said.
"A total of 56 people are currently in custody."
The statement said they included three organisers. According to the Let’s Save Togo collective, they were its leader Zeus Ajavon and two other officials from the group.
"Three officials from the collective, including its coordinator Zeus Ajavon, as well as two journalists, were detained on Saturday by the intelligence and investigation services and held at the gendarmerie," a statement from the group said.
It also alleged that the homes of two opposition figures, including former presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre, were surrounded on Saturday as they prepared to attend a rally.
Togolese security forces took over an area where a third day of protests that had drawn thousands was to be held on Thursday after police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators the previous day.
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Togo detains 3 protest leaders, 53 others after demonstrations flex their muscles and bring thousands to the streets

June 17, 2012

Authorities in the West African nation of Togo have detained three protest leaders and 53 others over demonstrations in recent days that were dispersed with tear gas, according to officials.

"Following protests organised on June 12, 13 and 14 by the group of associations and political parties named the Let’s Save Togo collective, deliberate violence, destruction and damage were committed against individuals and public and private goods," a statement from prosecutors said.

"A total of 56 people are currently in custody."

The statement said they included three organisers. According to the Let’s Save Togo collective, they were its leader Zeus Ajavon and two other officials from the group.

"Three officials from the collective, including its coordinator Zeus Ajavon, as well as two journalists, were detained on Saturday by the intelligence and investigation services and held at the gendarmerie," a statement from the group said.

It also alleged that the homes of two opposition figures, including former presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre, were surrounded on Saturday as they prepared to attend a rally.

Togolese security forces took over an area where a third day of protests that had drawn thousands was to be held on Thursday after police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators the previous day.

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Russia terrified of the power of protest - cracks down on protest against crack-downs on protests

June 05, 2012.

Police detained some 20 activists protesting on Tuesday outside Russia’s parliament where deputies debated a Kremlin-backed bill to hike fines for violations during rallies, a proposal the opposition says is aimed at smothering dissent.

The controversial bill proposed by the ruling United Russia party following the biggest protests President Vladimir Putin’s 12-year-rule is all but guaranteed to be passed this week by the State Duma lower house, where United Russia holds a majority.

It would dramatically raise maximum fines to 1 million roubles ($30,000) for organizers and 300,000 roubles ($9,000) for citizens participating in demonstrations at which public order or city rules are deemed to have been violated.

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Has the FBI Launched a War of Entrapment Against the Occupy Movement?

With the high-profile arrest of activists on terrorism charges in Cleveland on May Day and in Chicago during the NATO summit there, evidence is mounting that the FBI is unleashing the same methods of entrapment against the Occupy Wall Street movement that it has used against left movements and Muslim-Americans for the last decade.

In Cleveland the FBI announced on May 1 that “five self-proclaimed anarchists conspired to develop multiple terror plots designed to negatively impact the greater Cleveland metropolitan area.” The FBI claimed the five were nabbed as they attempted to blow up a bridge the night before using “inoperable” explosives supplied to them by an undercover FBI employee.

Then on May 19, the day before thousands marched peacefully in Chicago to protest NATO-led wars, the Illinois State Attorney hit three men with charges of terrorism for allegedly plotting to use “destructive devices” against targets ranging from Chicago police stations to the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Defense attorneys for the Chicago activists claim their clients, like the Cleveland activists, were provided with supplies for making Molotov cocktails by undercover agents in an operation that included the participation of the FBI and Secret Service. This was followed up on May 20 by the arrest of two other men on terrorism charges in Chicago for statements they made, which critics say amount to thought crimes. The Chicago cases are also reportedly the first time the state of Illinois is charging individuals under its post-September 11 terrorism law.

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