On September 24, 2010, the FBI raided anti-war and international solidarity activists’ homes, eventually serving 23 subpoenas to a grand jury in Chicago, investigating “material support for terrorism.” Grand juries are secret courts with no judge; no lawyer for the subpoenaed, and the person in charge is the prosecutor. All 23 activists invoked their constitutional rights and refused to participate, but two and one-half years later, Jonas continues to insist the “investigation is continuing.”
Most of the activists targeted in this case, including Abudayyeh, helped organize the massive protest at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At that time, an undercover law enforcement officer, going by the name of “Karen Sullivan,” infiltrated the protest efforts and stuck around to spy and lie about many of the 23 activists.
It is important to understand that Barry Jonas is the prosecutor responsible for putting Muslim charity leaders known as the Holy Land Five in prison for between 15 and 65 years in Dallas, Texas.
National Call In Day–Thursday, January 24
Call Assistant US Attorney Barry Jonas
at 312-353-5300 x 68027
Tell Barry Jonas…
“We demand that:
1. Barry Jonas drop the “ongoing investigation” against 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists in the Midwest.
2. Barry Jonas return the personal belongings of Hatem Abudayyeh, a Palestinian-American activist in Chicago.
3. The FBI and other government agencies stop the political repression campaigns against Arab-Americans and Muslims, movements like Occupy Wall Street, and the Northwest grand jury resisters–currently in solitary confinement. “