Thursday, September 13, 2012

US v Durkan

Red-baiting political dissidents in the US is nothing new; in 2008, when the FBI raided peace activists in advance of the Republican and Democratic Party conventions -- in order to prevent Quakers and anarchists from protesting US foreign policy -- the people whose homes were ransacked while they were carted off in handcuffs had done nothing criminal. Today, in the aftermath of the 2012 national conventions farce, yet more innocent citizens are being harassed by FBI agents acting out their Orwellian fantasy.

In Seattle today, U.S. Attorney Jenny Anne Durkan is convening a grand jury to intimidate anarchist Leah-Lynne Plante into admitting some imagined crime against the state, while her friends who were with her when FBI thugs with assault weapons battered down her door are wondering just what it is about the U.S. Government that makes it see terrorists behind every peace button or black flag. As the National Lawyers Guild notes in this article, anarchism is the perfectly legal belief that society would be better off with no government, laws, police or any other authority.

When armed thugs break down your door for expressing this belief, it's not hard to imagine that others may soon come to the same conclusion.

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