Chicago Tribune...Federal agents searched homes of anti-war activists in Chicago and Minneapolis on Friday in an investigation of possible links with terrorist organizations in the Middle East and South America. About 20 FBI agents spent most of the day searching the Logan Square residence of activists Stephanie Weiner and Joseph Iosbaker, Weiner said. In Jefferson Park, neighbors saw FBI agents carrying boxes from the apartment of community activist Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network. Hatem Abudayyeh also runs the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). In addition, Chicago activist Thomas Burke said he was served a grand jury subpoena that requested records of any payments to Abudayyeh or his group. "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, where six additional homes were searched Friday.
Warfield said no arrests had been made and that there was no "imminent danger" to the public. Ross Rice, an FBI spokesman in Chicago, gave the two Chicago blocks where agents had searched homes Friday, but he declined to name the targets. Melinda Power, an attorney for Weiner and Iosbaker and a longtime friend, said agents took about 30 boxes of papers dating to the 1970s, including a postcard from an old girlfriend of Iosbaker's. "They said they would determine what was evidence later," Power said. Weiner, who said she and her husband for years have been active in labor causes (Communist) and the anti-war movement, complained the search was an attempt to intimidate her and other activists. "We aren't doing anything differently than we have in 20 years," said Weiner, a teacher at Wilbur Wright College. Iosbaker is a staff member at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a union steward for Service Employees International Union Local 73. Burke said he received a grand jury subpoena requesting records of payments to Abudayyeh's organization as well as two groups among the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The subpoena also requested "items relating to trips to Colombia, Jordan, Syria, the Palestinian territories of Israel." Burke said he toured Colombia eight years ago with members of an oil workers union there.
The Palestinian group, U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), held a press conference on their opposition to the negotiations. What, press members asked, do they propose we do instead? “His term (Abbas) as the Palestinian Authority has expired,” said Hatem Abudayyeh of the USPCN, he is the man in the middle, in photo above. Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Bail Out People Movement- “Workers World” - Communist Party and the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)– NY call upon all members and supporters to attend this important rally against racism and bigotry on Saturday, September 11. It is critical that we defend the rights of our Arab and Muslim communities and all communities under attack. March with us on Saturday, September 11 in New York City against racism and oppression, said Hatem Abudayyeh of the USPCN !
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