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Jamie CRACKED Corne and Her 4-H Revolution Project

A big thanks to our friends over at the Chronicle.su for informing the public on the latest activities and declining sanity of the wannabe alternative media manipulator Jamie Jo Corne.

A few years ago they wrote an excellent article about her sordid past, we then  tagged teamed with them and wrote up on her attempts to use Anonymous to promote her racist populist ideals.

Altogether, this sent crazy Jamie Jo Corne packing and evicted from Anonymous and the Occupy movement.

She then flipped and showed her true colors as a birther-Islamophobe-Tea bagger  on various political forums under the alias “Twisted Gypsy”.

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Simple forum posting isn’t enough for a narcissist– Jamie had to impose herself again into a new movement and she seems to have found a home with a small fringe group of  populist patriot truckers. She has PLANS and a CAPS LOCK KEY and she’s NOT AFRAID TO USE THEM!

We found this recent post on her dismal Presstorm Facebook page and it looks like her crazy has hit a whole new level:

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Livestock in the streets of DC? Really? And then GMO seeds… and then more livestock? Oh, and there will be horses to deliver her “articles of associations”, and then more livestock and seeds! And burning things, she wants to build bonfires of Social Security cards and US currency right on Penn Ave. In the mist of all this she wants to host a BBQ and a “potluck.” At least we know what will happen to the livestock…

If she doesn’t get her temper tantrum “demands”  she is going to stamp her feet and pound her fists and MAGICALLY all the ports in the US are going to close and truckers will block all major arteries of the beltway (what again? LOL!) and then there will be MORE livestock and seeds flooding the streets and her horsemen will bring in the APOCALYPSE from her GREAT WRATH!

One has to wonder why these recent vanguardist attention whores of late like as Jamie Jo Corne and Adam Kokesh have been inflicting themselves on the public. If you observe them, both Corne and Kokesh use very similar rhetoric.  Both want to instigate people into committing grossly illegal activity in Washington DC and right into the hands of the FBI– who has their headquarters is smack-dab in the center of their planned antics. The knee jerk reaction explanation would be that we are looking at paid provocateurs, and this is quite possible and should not be discounted.  Another explanation is that we are witnessing a growing problem of mental illness in our country that is obviously not being addressed properly aside from throwing dodgy drugs at those in need of mental healthcare. Corne and Kokesh suffer from mental  illnesses and it appears to be approaching a dangerous level for them both.

Another element in this picture is the contemporary conspiracy drug culture which fosters idiotic and paranoid perceptions of reality within a small and loud fringe population, of which Kokesh and most likely Corne are a part of.

Whatever the explanation for this lunacy of self appointed violent, self absorbed “revolutionaries,” most of us can agree they are a bad joke. We can all hope that nobody will get harmed should they attempt to take their dreams of glory to the level of going postal.

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Right Wing Truckers And The Militia Movement To Terrorize DC For 3 days

HOW DOES I PROTAST GUVERNMINT

HOW DOES I PROTAST GUVERNMINT

Are we ready for yet another vague, half-baked protest against a bunch of nebulous concepts? I know I am! In fact, this protest is so nebulous and ineffective that even if everyone who claims to be attending actually does show up, you won’t even know it’s there. Fantastic. This one’s the rightfully oft-maligned Trucker protest that’s supposed to happen between October 11 and October 13. It should be patently ridiculous to all sentient life-forms, but the premise for this event is that a bunch of truckers are going to clog the Washington DC Beltway and then… do something. Honestly, we don’t know– their aims seem to change almost every hour– first, it was to demand the impeachment of Obama “for Benghazi”, then it was to demand Obama’s impeachment for unspecified “high crimes and misdemeanors,” then it was to demand the arrest of Obama, then it was to demand the impeachment of everyone in congress, and now (10/8) it’s to demand the arrest of elected officials who have “violated their oath of office.”

It doesn’t end there, though. Because this event is being organized (and we use that term in the loosest possible manner) by professional idiots, it’s drawn in the militia movement. Take a look at this screenshot from their Facebook group. Please note the antics of one Rich Miller, who’s from Erie, PA: “Are they picking up the militia yet ? Got about 20 souls and double that in arms.”

Hey, can you give me a ride to the undemocratic overthrow of the government by right-wing death squads?

Hey, can you give me a ride to the undemocratic overthrow of the government by right-wing death squads?

Not only does he think this is a TSHTF wet-dream, he wants the truckers to PICK HIM AND HIS BUDDIES UP. “Hey man, I want to overthrow the government and start up some right-wing death squads, but I DONT HAVE A RIDE!” It’s still anybody’s bet as to whether Rich Miller is yet another government provocateur or he really believes this bilge, but this entire event really did spawn from the patriot / militia scene.

This whole catastrophe is an outgrowth of the equally farcical “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment,” which is yet another Facebook-based campaign that believes it has some form of cosmic mandate because a handful of fools managed to scribble anti-Obama messages on bedsheets and hang them from highway overpasses. There’s a fair amount of commonality between the groups. We’ve not written about either of these drooling, amorphous things until now because we recognize that simply having a Facebook page with a thousand “likes” doesn’t mean a damned thing. But as the date gets closer and the story is picked up by more and more media outlets apparently hungering for something amusing to latch onto, we’re compelled to write about this mewling, adenoidal circus because they’re trying to worsen the traffic in our town.

Here’s a message straight to the heart of the trucker strike: traffic in this town is bad enough (in fact, it’s the absolute worst in the nation) and any affinity you may have had will be vaporized when you turn people’s typically hour-long commute into an interminable slog– or however long it takes to impound your rigs and seize your Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs). Second, if you were serious about your tactic of taking a major city hostage by way of clogging its major arteries, wouldn’t you have been better served by picking a city that actually has a transit system that isn’t in perpetual gridlock? Our highways degenerate into parking lots at THREE IN THE MORNING. Can’t you go back to Zanesville or Keokuk and instead terrorize THEM by hampering their ability for emergency services to save lives?

Something else is evidenced by this stunt, and that’s the majority of people really have no conception as to how Washington operates. Simple jokes about “does Washington work at all” aside, it’s as if people have no clue that this is a major metropolitan area just like any other, with the added factor that there are a lot more cops around. This isn’t Oz, there is no great and powerful wizard behind a curtain and you aren’t touched with some form of divine power just by existing in this point of the universe. Legitimate strikes conducted by actual workers have figured this out long ago– the most poignant example being the stirring example of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union routinely striking and shutting down ports in protest of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq and in support of the Occupy movement.

Let’s tackle this mess from a practical standpoint: the beltway is four lanes in each direction and sixty-four miles in circumference. Given that the typical eighteen wheeler is sixty feet long, this would take forty five thousand and fifty six trucks to fill up all eight lanes of the beltway. Just how exactly are they supposed to trek the nine miles from the beltway to the Capitol itself to make these “arrests?” What are they going to slow down? The Maryland side of the beltway? The Virginia side? Which direction? Perhaps they’re merely ignorant of the fact that there are countless numbers of exits that people can use to get on the beltway if someone decides to snarl traffic. Who knows? Come October 14, this will be a humorous footnote to this year’s lackluster roster of protests.

We’re ashamed this also merits any amount of words in this piece, but let’s underscore it: this is not a “leftist” or “progressive” or “worker” related event. This event germinated in the bowels of the “patriot radio” crowd and the militia movement– both so intensely right wing they recently added disgraced Pennsylvania police chief Mark “Fuck You Libtards” Kessler to their ranks.

The irony of the entire event is that most of the truckers taking part are non-union, which means they’ll be losing time and money in this foolish escapade, and if they’re private drivers, they risk getting fired. With their rigs seized and CDLs suspended, how exactly are they supposed to find jobs? Well, if you’re a teabagger trucker, the solution is obvious: do as much stupid crap as you can, and when you get caught for breaking the law, blame Obama. Look, Obama didn’t suspend your CDL, Obama didn’t write you a ticket for reckless driving, Obama didn’t impound your rig, and Obama didn’t make you come to DC and ruin the commutes of millions of people to satisfy your infantile egos– that was your fault. Why not follow the advice of your own worn out slogans and take some personal responsibility for your own actions?

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Terrorist Youth Network is Now Promoting Lynching.

Matthew Heimbach marches with the Neo-confederate VA Flaggers.

Matthew Heimbach marches with the Neo-confederate VA Flaggers.

Hate groups are never short of paranoia. They are constantly projecting their own violent tendencies in the form of self victimization.

The brilliant history blog Crossroads and author Brooks D Simpson have being doing an excellent job of reporting the day-to-day lunacy and latest in media whoredom of the “The Virginia Flaggers”.

Just in case you may not have heard of them, these Neo-Confederate dress up cosplay losers want to erect a big-ass pole and Confederate flag outside of Richmond VA. Having watched way too much Gone with the Wind as children, they want to return to the idyllic past where black people were property.

Onward we go to how much idiocy is being excreted from this situation; the flaggers now believe their big pole and made-in-China nylon rag is going to incite the big bad boogeymen of “the left” into vandalizing/harming/terrorizing them for their hoop skirt fantasies. As Brooks D Simpson reported on the rhetoric of these morons:

First, it was a warning about “vandalism.” Now, it’s a warning about terrorism:

You know what worries me the most about the level of vicious hatred individual Leftist haters express on postings of these types of articles lately?

I worry that sooner or later some lone nut or two, possibly inspired by the anti-Confederate flag rhetoric of these people will – in the name of “tolerance” and “patriotism” of course – commit some heinous act of violence of the type that took place in Aurora, CO or recently in Boston, MA. 

Its all too easy for me to envision someone planting a pressure cooker or worse pulling an AK-47 on a Veteran’s Day Parade that features Confederate re-enactors. 

The Left has recently shown these last couple of years they can no longer reasonably control their crazies, assuming they are even trying.

The irony is that Matthew Heimbach (see photo above, the guy up front in the black jacket) is fairly recent to the Neo-Nazi scene but a well known white supremacist; from what you can see from the photo, he’s a member/supporter of the Virginia flaggers.

We just recently featured a story about Heimbach’s fellow “White Student Union” school club member John Stortstrom  who was involved in creating explosives as a contractor with the military.

In that story, we also mentioned the new parent group of the white student union: “The Traditionalist Youth Network,” a group born out of the old Youth For Western Civilization college club sponsored by Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute.

The Traditionalist Youth Network is a apparently being run by Heimbach and the Indiana white power gadfly Matt Parrott and is most likely backed by The American Freedom Party .

Ya’ll still following this?

It looks like ugly just got uglier because now The Traditionalist Youth Network is now promoting the violence of lynching.

Translation: Communists= Blacks Zionists=Jews Modernists=Gays

Translation:
Communists= Blacks
Zionists=Jews
Modernists=Gays

On their page they go into great detail how the young violent hate monger can create violent and threatening signs that promote racial terrorism on the people. And we thought all that was already over.

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Some quotes from the article (which we made sure to take screen shots of)

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If you followed these directions correctly, it means that you’ve got a kick-ass sign which is capable of lynching Communism worse than a farmer beating a rented mule.

 Now that you know how to make an awesome sign, get out there and be a strong Church Militant, and don’t forget to post some pictures on our Facebook wall…

Who are the REAL terrorists NOW?

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Dicey Maryland Republican Club Offers Free Guns to White Supremacist Members.

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There is a lot of drama surrounding our new pal Matty Heimbach and his whites-only club. They are changing their name from White Student Union to “Traditionalist Youth Network” in partnership with Indiana’s white power gadfly Matt Parrott.  We suspect this is probably a connection to the white supremacist group American Third Position now calling themselves The American Freedom Party.

Another connection with this little group has popped up with a small political group called “The Rt. 40 Republican Club,” where former White Student Union member John Stortstrom is the Vice president .

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The man behind white supremacist Matthew Heimbach; John Stortstrom (holding the cellphone) at a White Student Union event.

Sortstrom, an explosives expert with the military has been making his name known lately with a brand spanking new rogue’s gallery entry on One People’s Project. “Explosives Expert” is a bit too generic– let’s hear it from Stortstrom’s own mouth what it is that he does:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a7d_1371255953

Click the image to view him tell you what he does for a living.
This video was on youtube, but was taken down. We’ve put it back up for your benefit.

He has also been the subject of a feature article on The Southern Poverty Law Center.

It also appears that Heimbach was a featured speaker for an event at this Rt. 40 Republican Club.

There are some very grave concerns about this group, aside from the fact that they’re white supremacists. One of their boneheads-in-charge is an explosives expert and they just held a raffle giving away free firearms to the other white supremacist members.

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Giving away guns to the racists.

The really twisted element to this picture is that these covert white supremacist club meetings are being held in a building of the local sheriff’s department.

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The brand-new Harford County Southern Precinct Sheriff’s Office.

And that there is a possibility that the sheriff is also a member of this twisted Rt 40 Republican group.

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Southern Precinct Sheriff’s Office, 1305 Pulaski Hwy., Edgewood, MD 21040

The raffle event was held on June 13th, 2013, and there is no announcement about who won these guns or if they are being registered properly and are not being placed in the hands of felons or the mentally unstable– it is a private sale and Maryland’s new gun control laws (where they specifically ban the winning rifle by name)  don’t go into effect until October. If the sheriff is stupid enough to be a part of this mess, we are not sure he has the proper judgment to be the appropriate law enforcement officer to supervise an event such as this.

The Kapo and shanda: Rt 40 Republican club President: Fred Mullis and white supremacist Matthew Hiembach

The Kapo and shanda: Rt 40 Republican club President: Fred Mullis and white supremacist Matthew Heimbach

In the meantime, the group’s good buddy, and featured speaker (Heimbach) is calling out violent action against the immigrant community.

Special Note:  For all their help and hard work, we would like to thank the blog:  spe-lunk-ing 

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Infiltration of the Occupy Movement CONTINUED… Suspicious Character: Marc Train

ATTENTION #OCCUPYPHILLY YOU MIGHT HAVE A TRAIN WRECK ON YOUR HANDS:

ATTENTION PHILLY ACTIVISTS *CAUTION* AROUND MARC TRAIN

Marc Train : aka wut, wutman, wutanon

What a train wreck— pun intended. Marc first came to the public’s
attention in 07 as a member of IVAW. His claim to fame was that he
went AWOL instead of being deployed to Iraq– resisting an illegal,
immoral war of occupation is a fine, honest and decent thing to do.
Unfortunately, this is the very last part of his story that involves
any form of decency or honesty.

Marc’s backstory was that during Advanced Individual Training, he
applied for admission into Army Military Intelligence. For various
reasons, he did not pass muster and was booted out of the MI program–
where the Army placed him directly into the 3rd Infantry Division,
which was to face imminent deployment to Iraq. It was at this point
that Marc went AWOL and joined the IVAW.

Marc’s bounced around the IVAW until 2008 when he turned up with the
Washington, DC, chapter of Anonymous’ Chanology operation, with
nickname of wut. Here, he found a new group of people that didn’t know
a single thing about him or his backstory, and he began to spin a new
yarn. He claimed to work as a security guard at the British Embassy,
that he had actually been deployed to Iraq, killed children and
civillians and developed PTSD. He also claimed to be 21 when he was
really 26 and otherwise pulled the same sort of routine that other
grifters and scam artists use on their marks– namely, mooching off
the kindness of strangers. Marc Train managed to finagle a trip to
Belgium, room, board, relationships and money out of his various
marks. His scheme began to unravel when the ever-curious anons decided
to investigate his personal details. Through various contacts, it was
discovered that Marc never was deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, his
true age of 26 and even though Marc did go AWOL (and is thus a felon),
his criminal record contained nothing– not even a parking offense.
How any person could be hired to perform security duties for an
embassy after having an AWOL on their record is anyone’s guess.
Anonymous DC promptly kicked him out and he immediately appeared in
the orbit of DC’s Students for a Democratic Society, where he most
notably appeared blazing drunk at a late-night demonstration,
exhibiting behavior typical of an Agent Provocateur in full view of
security cameras and police
. Again, he was kicked out of DC SDS.

He’s currently in Phildaelphia, where he recently tried the same
tactic with Philly ARA and One Peoples Project– but enough news about
him filtered out the failure he leaves in his wake for those two
organizations to kick him to the curb before he could set his hooks
into them. He’s now apparently working the food tables at Occupy
Philadelphia.

Marc’s tactic is to buy t-shirts, pins or other paraphenalia of an
organization he’s targeting, which he then uses as some sort of
“proof” that the leadership of said organization approves of him–
when they do not. It’s unclear whether Marc is some form of snitch or
mole, or if he’s just another fraud. In any event, people need to be
wary of him and keep a good distance away. Trouble follows him
wherever he goes.

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MESSAGE TO THE FBI FROM ANONYMOUS

DO TO THE RECENT RAIDS ON ANONYMOUS THIS VIDEO HAS A MESSAGE TO THE FBI OF GREAT IMPORTANCE

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IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO GET IN ON THE ACTIONS OF **OpFBI** AND GET IN ON THE RETALIATION YOU CAN FIND THE INFO HERE

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The FBI Attempts to Intimidate the Internet!

The FBI served 40 people with search warrants and seized electronic devices as their conducted a blatant intimidation campaign against internet free-speech activists. Raw Story has the story here, but we have an update.

From AnonX:

FBI had a warrant to take all my electronics. They came in the dorm room bustin in @ 7:00, and pushed everyone out of bed. They searched the place and questioned all people involved.
I was a passive admin for Operation Payback, and quit early to avoid complications with the law, but it seems the FBI has gotten the better of me.
Questions shall be answered whenever I have time, and when I find a public computer to use as they seized all my electronic assets.
UNCENSORED WARRANT: http://i.imgur.com/4o8IC.jpg
TL;DR: FBI took all my stuff and questioned me about OP
Also, AMA.

No, this is not a hoax. Among those questioned were at least three current IRC operators– who all had their personal items and electronics seized.

Roderick F. Coffin III is the point-of-contact g-man behind the raid in Georgia, who– as this business card shows—

works at 2635 Century Pkwy NE, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30345,
can be emailed at roderick.coffin@ic.fbi.gov,
telephoned at (404)679-9000×6029 or faxed at (404)679-1417

*UPDATE* ANOTHER PERSON HIT BY FBI. ANON-Y WAS NOT RAIDED BUT SUBPOENAED:

THE DETAILS ABOUT THE AGENT WHO SERVED THEM

Please also note that we are merely republishing content originally published elsewhere.

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Protest FBI Raids and Grand Jury Subpeonas of Activists


Defending Dissent is a pretty awesome organization, and from their website we have found lists of very important protests around the country against the FBI raids that recently took place.

From Defending Dissent

For Tuesday September 28 2010

NYC, NY – 4:30 to 6pm Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza,


Newark, NJ – 5 to 6pm Federal Building Broad Street


Philadelphia, PA – 4:30pm Federal Building, 6th & Market,


Washington DC – 4:30 – 5:30 FBI Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW.


Richmond, VA, , 4:30 PM, Federal Courthouse, 701 E. Broad St.,

Hartford CT, 4:30-6:30 pm, Federal Building

Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday 5:00 PM, Federal Building, 200 N. High St.

Cleveland OH – Tues 4 pm Federal Building E. 9th & Lakeside, March to FBI Building

Detroit, MI – 4:30 pm McNamara Federal Building, Michigan Ave. at Cass


Raleigh, NC – 9 am. Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave


Asheville, NC – 5 pm Federal Building,


Atlanta, GA – Noon, Richard Russell Federal Bldg, 75 Spring St at MLK

Tucson, AZ – 5 pm Federal Building


Los Angeles, CA – 5 pm, Downtown Federal Building, 300 N Los Angeles St


San Francisco, CA, 5:00 pm, Federal Bldg., 7th St. and Mission,

Wednesday 9/29:

Albany, NY – 5 to 6 pm Federal Building

Friday, 10/1:

Dallas, TX, , 7:00 pm at the Grassy Knoll, near 400 block of Elm

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*ALERT* FBI Does Multiple Raids on Antiwar Activists!!!

From Twin Cities IMC

Updated Info–At Least Four Minneapolis Houses Raided, Activists Subpoenaed in National FBI “Terror” Expedition Against Antiwar Activists

UPDATE 4pm: The office of the Anti-War Committee was also reportedly raided earlier today. See also: Search warrant for Mick Kelly’s residence and subpoena to Chicago grand jury (via TheUptake.org)

Press Conference: 4pm, 2911 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Community Meeting: 5:30pm, Walker Church, 3100 16th Ave S., Minneapolis

See also Fight Back News: Activists Denounce FBI Raids on Anti-War and Solidarity Activists’ Homes

The social justice community in Minneapolis continued to respond Friday afternoon to the raids of several of its members homes, which started before 7am this morning. (See previous TCIMC article–Minneapolis Houses Raided)

Since then, a dozen activists have been served with grand jury subpoenas, including many in Minneapolis, according to Fight Back News.  It is believed the federal grand jury is centered in Chicago, and is investigating alleged ties to “foreign terrorist organizations”–a charge which activists have immediately dismissed as illegitimate and unjustified.

The Star Tribune reported earlier today that according to an FBI spokesperson, a total of six homes were raided in Minneapolis and two in Chicago.  This statement is unconfirmed by activists, who have identified at least four of the homes in Minneapolis–one above Hard Times Cafe in Cedar-Riverside, one north of Powderhorn Park, one on Park Avenue near Lake Street and one in Stevens Square.  Antiwar leaders have said that other members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization were targeted with raids, surveillance and subpoenas in Michigan, North Carolina and potentially California.

Grand juries are a mechanism historically used to repress and gather information on unpopular social movements; no attorney or judge is present in a grand jury interrogation.  Activists who defy grand juries risking imprisonment on civil or criminal contempt.

Outside the raid above Hard Times Cafe, one person at the cafe as the raid began said that he saw about a dozen FBI agents, some with large guns, outside.  Conflicting reports from the other raids indicate that agents attempted to keep their presence low-key, without large marked vehicles or heavily armed SWAT teams–although Jess Sundin told the AP that a SWAT team entered her house first, then left to be replaced by other agents.  But outside Hard Times Cafe, a number of the unmarked vehicles included at least one with an “official business” sign from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) in addition to the FBI.

The mood outside the cafe and apartment was one of defiance, with activists and supporters vowing solidarity in the face of repression.  Early in the afternoon, agents began to remove boxes with unknown contents from the apartment, and eventually departed.  The search warrant for 1823 Riverside called for search and seizure of such a laundry list of items, including electronic equipment, documents, financial records, literature, and more, that “it might have well just said ‘everything’,” someone remarked after seeing a copy.

The Uptake, in addition to almost every local corporate news outlet, was present at two of the raids in the morning and posted a short video report on their site. (Photo credit above)

No immediate information was available Friday afternoon about the raids in Chicago.  The FBI spokesman, however, said that like in the Minneapolis raids, there were no arrests.  He added to the AP in Chicago that there was no “imminent threat to the community” – raising the question of how anyone could be suspected of terrorist ties without an imminent danger.

The answer, of course, lies in the increasing trend of the state in using “terrorism” charges to justify repression against activists, lately in Minnesota through the Green Scare, the RNC 8, and as many have predicted might happen, now against antiwar activists as well.

Star Tribune coverage (with photos/video)

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Feds Look for Wikileaks Founder at NYC Hacker Event

We here @ the LLL are big fans of WikiLeaks. They have brought us numerous good sources of info on boneheads, Nazis and even the fascist BNP membership list.

We cheer on Wikileaks here on the LLL, and grateful for the info they have provided for the public.

But, the founder of wikileaks is in trouble for publishing graphic video footage of a horrible action in Iraq of the senseless slaughter of Iraqi journalists which was footage and information about an event the public had a right to at least know about.

The soldier who gave the footage to wikileaks is in jail in Kuwait, (which is ridiculous because Bush and Cheney are the war criminals here) and now the FBI is on the hunt for wikileaks founder Julian Assange who is presently out of the country.

The Feds showed up at a hacker convention in NYC under the impression that Assange would be there.

July 16, 2010 10:05 PM PDT
Feds look for Wikileaks founder at NYC hacker event
by Declan McCullagh
NEW YORK CITY–Federal agents appeared at a hacker conference on Friday morning looking for Julian Assange, the controversial figure who has become the public face of Wikileaks, an organizer said.
Eric Corley, publisher of 2600 Magazine and organizer of The Next HOPE conference in midtown Manhattan, said that five Homeland Security agents appeared at the conference a day before Assange was scheduled to speak.
The conference program lists Assange — who has been at the center of a maelstrom of positive and negative publicity relating to the arrest of a U.S. serviceman and videos he may have provided the document-sharing site — as speaking at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.
“If he shows up, he will be questioned at length,” Corley told CNET. Assange did not immediately respond to questions late Friday.
Corley announced on April 19 that Assange would be a keynote speaker. But by June 14, after news of the arrest of Army intelligence specialist Bradley Manning leaked, the conference was warning that Assange may remain outside of the United States for fear of being arrested on related charges.
One source close to Wikileaks indicated late Friday that it was still unclear whether Assange would show up in person or appear through a video conference (a third option would be for another Wikileaks representative to fill in). A conference security staffer said that after being told they needed search warrants to enter the event, at least two agents paid the $100 admission fee to get in.
“If they didn’t have a search warrant, they’d have to pay to get in,” said Corley, who also goes by the pen name Emmanuel Goldstein. “They did.”
Assange has cancelled numerous public appearances in the United States in the last few months, or appeared through a video conference. But he did make a surprise appearance at the TED Global conference at Oxford University on Friday.
Manning was charged last week with sending classified information to a person not authorized to receive it and with obtaining “more than 150,000 diplomatic cables” from the State Department’s computers.
In April, Wikileaks released a gritty video–which Manning allegedly sent to the organization–showing U.S. troops in Iraq destroying a vehicle that was preparing to rush a wounded Reuters journalist to the hospital. The Apache pilots appeared to mistake the Reuters news crew, who were holding cameras, for armed insurgents.
Manning is charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The charges could be heard by a court martial if a so-called Article 32 investigation, similar to a civilian grand jury hearing, decides there is enough evidence to proceed

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