FBI: PEACE ACTIVISM MAY NOW BE CRIMINAL
(National Prayer Network) -- by Rev. Ted Pike and Harmony Daws --
Fourteen anti-war activists in Chicago recently felt the cold fingers of government control on Sept. 24 when they were subpoenaed and their homes invaded and property seized by the FBI. These “peace and justice activists, mothers and grandmothers” are under grand jury investigation for allegedly giving “material support” to a foreign terrorist organization.
What does that mean? Daniel Kaplan, an intern in the American Friends Service Committee Middle East Program in Chicago, says,
Over the course of this fall, being on the side of peace and justice has gradually meant living in a state of fear. Since September, the FBI has subpoenaed and raided the homes of 19 activists seeking and end to violence in Palestine and Columbia. The rash of raids stems from a [US Supreme] court ruling this summer that redefines the charge of "material support to terrorism." Before, material support meant supplying support in the form of finances, weaponry, intelligence, or combat training to political bodies defined by the state department as "terrorist organizations."According to the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, the 14 activists’ personal belongings—including cell phones, papers and computers—are still under FBI confiscation. The federal law that criminalizes aid and comfort to a terrorist organization was upheld by the Supreme Court in June. “The court ruled 6-3… that the government may prohibit all forms of aid to designated terrorist groups, even if the support consists of training and advice about entirely peaceful and legal activities.” (Emphasis ours)
Now "material support to terrorism" includes vocal support for such organizations or even advocating open communication with them. For activists in my community, this means that anyone who advocates negotiations with the government in Gaza could be charged with "material support to terrorism," because Gaza is currently governed by Hamas.
Essentially, it is now a crime to promote direct reconciliation between Palestinian/Gaza organizations and Israel/the United States. The government has criminalized opinions that are not in line with our government's foreign policy…
This means that no longer can Charlie Rose interview on PBS a member of Hamas (as he did this year). No longer can American peace activists, such as former President Jimmy Carter, send messages to Hamas urging compromise and reconciliation. Nor can an American Christian in the Mideast attempt to evangelize or even talk to a member of Hamas. It is now criminal to reason with a large number of the earth’s inhabitants who desperately need Christian faith and reason.
After the Supreme Court ruling, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League heralded the decision as a victory against terrorism. Actually, ADL was elated because it opened bolder possibilities for itself, as Israel’s PR representative, to broaden the definition of terrorism to include those who ideologically oppose America’s “ally in the war on terror.” Because moral and verbal opposition to Israel can be more damaging than financial or military contributions, ADL wants to make criticism of the Jewish state an act of sedition, punishable as a speech crime.
ADL, as well as its sister Jewish attack group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, offers multiple “anti-hate” programs to police and FBI. It schools them in ADL’s definitions and ideological responses to “hate criminals” and “domestic terrorists.” ADL has already described millions of anti-Obama critics as paranoid “conspirators.” (See, ADL Blasts 'Paranoid' Right: Are Millions of Anti-Obama Protestors 'Conspirators?') In its MIAC directive to Missouri State Police, ADL and SPLC described millions more as “potential domestic terrorists.” (See, Alex Jones’ “Secret State Police Report: Ron Paul, Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin, Libertarians are Terrorists”) Just this month, SPLC smeared 18 Christian/conservative leadership organizations as hard-core “hate groups.” (See, SPLC Attacks 18 "Hateful" Christian Groups) How long will it be before the FBI considers “home-grown” terrorists as including Christian conservative “haters” – even criminalizing those who communicate with them?
ADL has enormous power within government agencies such as the US Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI. During the Clinton administration, Att. Gen. Janet Reno instructed FBI head Bill Sessions to forge an unbreakable bond of cooperation and information sharing with ADL. According to ADL, their “Hate Crime Working Group Model” has been installed in every state attorney general’s office. Hate crime working groups collect “statistics” and educate law enforcers and society. An example of this is the Judao-protective Knoxville “trunk” which contains a noose, a Star of David and symbols of the Holocaust as part of its show-and-tell tool kit. Fifty-six European nations have modeled their response to hate crimes on ADL’s working groups, definitions and curricula for legal response.
ADL’s site quotes FBI director Louis J. Freeh in 2000,
Let me again thank the Leadership ("ADL") . . . for giving the FBI the kind support and insight and direction in some cases that have enabled us not only to do our job with respect to counter-terrorism, but to really bring home to the United States the dedication to the principles of the ADL, which resonate not just in civil rights cases, but also in human rights cases, and how important that guidance and inspiration have been to use now for many, many years.Even if Obama is lukewarm toward support of Israel, ADL is so entrenched within the FBI, Justice Department and police that arrests of peace activists who criticize Israel, or communicate with its enemies, are unsurprising. Stated simply, as it now subpoenas critics of Israel, the FBI is actually facilitating ADL’s pro-Israel directives. Aggressively mixing synagogue with state, ADL makes use of federal and state agencies to pursue its anti-free-speech agenda. We can be sure that, as more proscribed “terrorist” groups are added to the State Department list, ADL’s Department of Global Anti-Semitism in the US State Department will continue to play a pivotal role in deciding who is on that list. (See, The Real Motive Behind the "Department of Global Anti-Semitism")...MORE...LINK