By RANDY FURST, Star Tribune
Last update: September 24, 2010 – 11:08 AM
The homes of several leaders of the Twin Cities antiwar movement were raided Friday by the FBI in what an agency spokesman described as an “investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”
Search warrants were executed on six addresses in Minneapolis and at two in Chicago, said FBI spokesman Steve Warfield.
Among the homes raided were the apartments of Jessica Sundin, who was a principal leader of the mass march of 10,000 on the opening day of the Republican National Convention two years ago, and Mick Kelly, who was prominent in that protest and among those who announced plans to march on the Democratic National Convention in Minneapolis, if the city is selected to host it in 2012.
Ted Dooley, an attorney, said he had reviewed the search warrant issued in the raid on Kelly’s apartment. “It’s a probe into the political beliefs of American citizens and to any organization anywhere that opposes the American iimperial design,” he said.
Steve Warfield, an FBI agent, declined to respond to Dooley’s comment. He said in a statement Friday, “We are doing six federal search warrants in Minneapolis that are related to an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism. We are doing two search warrants in Chicago as well.”
He said the raids were conducted at about 7 a.m., but he declined to say who or what addresses were being raided.
Mick Kelly, who lives on the 1800 block of Riverside Av. in Minneapolis, said in a telephone interview that the FBI kicked down his door, handed him a search warrant and began inspecting his files. He said eight FBI agents were involved in the raid.
Moderator’s note: This comes after the FBI recently admitted to presenting false information to Congress on anti-war protesters in Pittsburgh that they deemed to be potential terrorism suspects. Their credibility, along with that of the Department of Homeland Security, has been shredded in the entire state of Pennsylvania, where the public outcry against fracking and natural gas drilling is deafening.