New FBI/JTTF Raids: Homes in Portland, Olympia & Seattle

Details are slim. We will share more as we know it. This early report comes from Portland Mercury.

FBI Raids Homes Across Northwest Looks Like They Might Be Targeting Anarchists

BY SARAH MIRK

 

FBI agents and local police who are part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided multiple houses in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle this morning—but it's still unclear what the authorities were looking for, exactly.

No arrests were made in the raids and the warrants for the searches are sealed, which means they're not public record. The most the FBI will say is the raids are part of an "ongoing violent crime investigation." They issued grand jury subpoenas to individuals in all three cities.

However, the Oregonian talked with the owner of one of the three homes in NE Portland who said the FBI may have been seeking a group of "anarchists" who lived there a year ago and ran an info booth at Last Thursday. In Portland, the three houses raided were 4820 NE 31st Ave, 7129 NE 8th Ave, and 6846 N. Greenwich. It's not clear whether this is related, but earlier this month, police raided the home of Occupy Mayday protesters in Seattle.

KGW has some shots of the agents in the raid. It's a pretty heavy duty squad.

This is a clear example of one of the controversial issues about Portland being a part of JTTF. The FBI can work with police to raid Portlanders' houses, but then not make public any information about it... except maybe include some details in a bare-bones report about their involvement down the line. Until then, we're in the dark.

 

 

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  • Guest - thegodlessutopian

    Typical pig work.Reminds me of the Mycharyist purges when suspected Leftists were forced to sign papers saying that they weren't Anarchists (I guess it helped the government sleep at night or something).Just like when the FRSO was raided.

  • Guest - equalize

    Solidarity Statement against the raids and grand jury
    from http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/

    On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland.

    Though the FBI has said that the raids are part of a violent crime investigation, the truth is that the federal authorities are conducting a political witch-hunt against anarchists and others working toward a more just, free, and equal society. The warrants served specifically listed anarchist literature as evidence to be seized, pointing to the fact that the FBI and police are targeting this group of people because of their political ideas. Pure and simple, these raids and the grand jury hearings are being used to intimidate people whose politics oppose the state’s agenda. During a time of growing economic and ecological crises that are broadly affecting people across the world, it is an attempt to push back any movement towards creating a world that is humane, one that meets every person’s needs rather than serving only the interests of the rich.

    This attack does not occur in a vacuum. Around the country and around the world, people have been rising up and resisting an economic system that puts the endless pursuit of profit ahead of the basic needs of humanity and the Earth. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement to now Anaheim, people are taking to the streets. In each of these cases, the state has responded with brutal political repression. This is not a coincidence. It is a long-term strategy by state agencies to stop legitimate political challenges to a status quo that exploits most of the world’s people.

    We, the undersigned, condemn this and all other political repression. While we may have differences in ideology or chose to use different tactics, we understand that we are in a shared struggle to create a just, free, and liberated world, and that we can only do this if we stand together. We will not let scare tactics or smear campaigns divide us, intimidate us, or stop us from organizing and working for a better world.

    No more witch-hunts! An injury to one is an injury to all.

    Signed:
    Committee Against Political Repression
    Freedom Archives
    Sacramento Prisoner Support
    Committee to Stop FBI Repression
    We Are Oregon
    Portland Jobs with Justice
    Rose City Cop Watch
    Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
    Red Spark (Kasama)
    Repeal Coalition
    1st of May Anarchist Alliance
    Connect the Dots
    Oregon Jericho
    Parasol Climate Collective
    Portland Anarchist Black Cross
    Right to Survive
    Right to Dream 2
    Rosehips Medic Collective
    Communities United Against Police Brutality
    The Radical Anti-Capitalist Caucus, of Occupy Portland
    Students on Strike Organizing Committee
    Autonomous Workers’ Group
    Occupy Oakland Anti Repression Committee
    Oakland Occupy Patriarchy
    Oakland Occupy Legal
    East Bay Solidarity Network
    Portland Animal Defense League
    Cascadians Against War
    PDX Bike Swarm
    Northbay Movement for a Democratic Society
    Solano Peace and Justice Coalition
    Solano Peace and Freedom Party
    Northbay Uprising Radio Collective
    MN Anti-War Committee
    Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community
    Redwood Curtain CopWatch
    Occupy Eureka
    Arizona Prison Watch
    All Power to the Positive podcast
    Justice for Palestinians, San Jose, CA
    OccupyLV
    Culture of Resistance
    Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan
    Blazing Arrow Organization
    Portland International Socialist Organization
    Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror
    The Portland World Citizens’ United Front
    The Wild Poppies Collective
    Everglades Earth First!
    The Center For A Stateless Society

    To add your group’s name to the solidarity statement, please email: nopoliticalrepression@gmail.com.

    Don't Talk to the F.B.I

  • Guest - Dave tooey

    Equalrights4workers.wordpress.com

    Likewise, the fbi has colluded with sweatshop bosses right here in our country when workers, documented and undocumented, unite to challenge exploitation.

    The example of these yes car workers, who were freed after hundreds of other workers, community leaders, and churches stood up to demand their release, and call for the repeal of modern day slave law employer sanctions that criminalizes undocumented workers and makes it impossible for workers to organize.