On Sept. 24, the FBI raided six homes of anti-war activists in Minneapolis and two homes in Chicago. “The warrants are seeking evidence in support of an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism,” said Steve Warfield, spokesman for the FBI in Minneapolis.
The residence of two anti-war protesters, Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner, a married couple and parents of two, was raided. Their attorney stated that, twenty FBI agents came to the couple’s door as they were getting ready for work, “they took 30 boxes of mostly personal belongings. I saw baby cards and postcards from old girlfriends.” Iosbaker told the media that, “We have done nothing wrong! We are targeted because of our opposition to criminal wars.”
All of the activists have denied contributing money to terrorist groups and the FBI did not arrest or file any charges. However, many of the activists have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in Chicago. Are the raids a way to intimidate and harass nonviolent activists who disagree with U.S. foreign policy?
The U.S. government should be beefing up security measures against real terrorist threats. For example, just two days ago, authorities intercepted a United Parcel Service jet transporting two packages heading for the U.S. carrying what appeared to be explosives shipped from Yemen. It is believed that the explosive device, found on the FedEx Corp. cargo plane, are linked to Al Qaeda.
We have the right to free speech and freedom of assembly. The U.S. government should focus on real terrorist organizations, like Al Qaeda.