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Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 12, 2012, 8:38 p.m. EST by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT
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To: The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr

Attorney General

Office of the Attorney General

askdoj@usdoj.gov

October 12, 2012

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Dear Sir,

It has come to my attention that three young people in Seattle, Washington have just been sent to federal prison for refusing to testify before a Grand Jury. Press reports indicate that the Grand Jury was convened on March 2, 2012, to investigate vandalism that . . . was expected?

In the interest of full disclosure sir, I would acknowledge at the outset, that I have participated in Occupy Protests in Burlington, Vermont. This does not make me an anarchist. On the contrary. In keeping with the principle and spirit of full disclosure, I would also acknowledge that I make phone calls on behalf of the President's reelection campaign on Saturday afternoons. I support the President, and by extension, I support you, sir.

It is not my intention to tell you how to do your job. The prosecution of crime, the pursuit of terrorists, all lie outside of my field of expertise.

Leah Plante, Matthew Kyle Duran, and Katherine Olejnik are not criminals. This is something I believe to be true, and I base this belief on the fact that they have not been charged with any crime. Please see to their immediate release from prison.

Most sincerely and respectfully yours,

David Winter http://zendogblog.net

cc: The Honorable Senator Patrick Leahy

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And Then There Were Three: Third Grand Jury Refuser Goes to Prison

Posted by Brendan Kiley on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Last night, Portland resident Leah-Lynn Plante spent the first of what could be a year and half's worth of nights in prison for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury about people she might know who might have been involved with the political vandalism on May Day. That's a lot of nights for a few mights.

Plante has not been charged with a crime—in fact, the court granted her immunity from prosecution, meaning she could not invoke her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent—but she could serve time until the expiration of this grand jury. During the open portion of yesterday's hearings, Judge Richard A. Jones told Plante that might last until March of 2014.

Plante is the third person to be sent to the SeaTac Federal Detention Facility for refusing to testify in this matter. At her sentencing yesterday, around 40 supporters and activists—mostly dressed in black—sat in the federal courtroom while extra security, from the US Marshals and the Department of Homeland Security, stood by. As she was sentenced, and federal marshals prepared to take her away, Judge Jones reminded her that "you hold the keys to your freedom" and that she could be released at any time if she chose to "exercise your right to provide testimony."

It was an odd turn of phrase—the same judge who, that morning, legally blocked her from exercising her Fifth Amendment right was sending her to federal detention for not exercising a "right." The 40 or so supporters in the courtroom stood solemnly as she was led away. "I love you," Plante said to the crowd, as marshals escorted her through a back door. "We love you!" some people in the crowd said. The security men looked tense for a moment, their eyes bright and their jaws clenched, ready for action. Then everyone walked out quietly, without incident.

more --> http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/10/11/and-then-there-were-three-third-grand-jury-refuser-goes-to-prison

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Three People Now in Jail for Refusing to Talk About Other Anarchists

Friday, 12 October 2012 10:29 By Will Potter, Green Is the New Red | Press Release

Leah Plante appeared before a federal grand jury for the third time yesterday, and for the third time she refused to talk about her politics and other anarchists. She was taken into custody on civil contempt, and is now imprisoned at SEA-TAC in Seattle, Washington.

Plante joins two other anarchists, Matt Duran and Katherine "KteeO" Olejnik, who have chosen to make the same principled stand.

The three were subpoenaed to this grand jury following FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force raids in multiple cities in the Northwest. The search warrants identified "anti-government or anarchist literature." At the time, because of statements from police and because the warrants listed that the items were connected to "conspiracy to destroy government property" and "interstate travel with intent to riot," it appeared that the raids and grand jury were connected to broken windows and other vandalism at a Seattle May Day protest.

Grand jury proceedings are secret, but Lauren Regan, an attorney with the Civil Liberties Defense Center, learned that the grand jury was empaneled March 2, 2012 — before the May Day protests even took place. It's possible that prosecutors spent months anticipating and investigating May Day protests, but a more likely explanation is that this grand jury is not about broken windows.

It's a fishing expedition targeting those who identify as anarchists or associate with anarchists. Grand juries have historically been used against radical social movements as a tool to intimidate and to gather information. When activists enter a grand jury proceeding, they check their rights at the door. They are asked about what they believe, what their friends believe, who they associate with, what kinds of activism they support. If they choose to assert their First Amendment and Fifth Amendment rights by refusing to speak about their political beliefs and political associations, they can be imprisoned.

more --> http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/12082-three-people-now-in-jail-for-refusing-to-talk-about-other-anarchists

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“Today is October 10th, 2012 and I am ready to go to prison.”

by Will Potter on October 10, 2012 in Terrorism Court Cases

full article: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/leah-plante-grand-jury-seattle-anarchist/6448/

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feel free to copy, personalize, and sent this email to the Attorney General.

askdoj@usdoj.gov

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EDIT

New Link from a comment that has disappeared? Whatever -

Statement by Leah-Lynn Plante - 5 Minute Video, October 10, 2012

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26682) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Perhaps they should co-operate with the investigation and start coughing up names of domestic terrorists - Like:

J Dimon

Bernanke

Whats that guy - last name starts with an R - fed bank fuk-up.....My bad - Timothy Geithner...gotta admit he is pretty forgettable......

Mittens

Ayn Ryan

Boehner

Bitch McConnel

Harry Reid

Eric Cantor

Scott Walker

Bloomberg

C & D Koch

AIG

Goldman Sux

Shell

Bp

Halliburton

Drone Pilots and chain of command.

Monsanto/frankenfood

Why the list is pretty damn long....perhaps they should also ask why the court is not already up to speed on these terrorists.

Please feel free to add to the list - we can forward it - release the pressure.

ALEC members......

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26682) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Honestly - these three and their legal defense should provide the court with an area phone book - then provide a list of questions/topics - and say here ya go - make some calls - I can't tell you what others are thinking - when you get done with the local phone books expand to national - finish there? - start dialing international.

Sorry your honor - you say you need background information - hmmm - reference removal of Glass-Stegal continue on to the economic meltdown and the crimes of wallstreet. Dig into fossil fuel and alternatives look at the environmental destruction/poisoning in the field of fossil fuel............................lookat................and then there is............oh and not to forget........

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Please lets not call Holder "honorable"...

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26682) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Hmmm subversive literature was found - Hmmmm - when do the raids on public library's begin - new age of book burning to begin? Will Librarians be jailed next(?) - will people with a library card go onto a watch list?

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26682) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Agree

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[-] 1 points by gsw (2697) 2 years ago

Animal rights / environmental extremism

In the training presentation on these so-called “eco-terrorists,” the FBI lists lawful, First Amendment activity and low-level criminal activity (such as civil disobedience) as examples of domestic terrorism.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/12082-three-people-now-in-jail-for-refusing-to-talk-about-other-anarchists

http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/fbi-domestic-terrorism-training-anarchists-eco/6199/

The FBI is particularly focused in these presentations on information gathering and what it calls a “public relations war” by activist groups. “Media is sometimes slanted in favor of activists,” the FBI says. “Activists spin the truth.”

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26682) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

What media? Really? It is to laugh and cry - media coverage(?) - occupier slant(?) - OH the absurdity.

"The FBI is particularly focused in these presentations on information gathering and what it calls a “public relations war” by activist groups. “Media is sometimes slanted in favor of activists,” the FBI says. “Activists spin the truth.”

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[-] 1 points by conservatroll (161) 2 years ago

Holder needs to go. Can you say Fast and Furious (just for starters). He has also defined a hate crime as being perpetrated by whites only.

If I had a son he would look like Brian Terry.

[-] 1 points by gsw (2697) 2 years ago

This sucks.

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/07/10/swat-team-raids-occupy-organizers-apartment-in-seattle/

The police seized property. They took a “zip-up hoodie,” which belonged to Neel’s girlfriend. They took one glove from an upstairs closet. They took a pair of sunglasses that can be worn over another pair of glasses. Fliers and a pamphlet that anyone could’ve picked up at any Occupy action were seized. The police also took a notepad that had his girlfriend’s handwritten notes, which she wrote when she was a Chase 5 defendant. (The Chase 5, who were accused of trespassing during a bank protest, won their case in March.)

One flier was taken, Neel said, because it had the word “anarchist” on it. Someone Neel said works with forensics also verbally noted the organizers in the apartment had pamphlets or materials on anarchists being targeted in FBI entrapment schemes but they were not seized by police. (Slog posted an even more detailed account from Neel on what happened.)

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/political-convictions/Content?oid=14397498

In a follow-up interview with The Stranger, Plante said she wasn't even in Seattle on May 1 and is neither a witness to nor a perpetrator of any related crimes. She is, however, a self-declared anarchist and thinks the FBI singled her out because of her political beliefs and social affiliations.

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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

where's the video evidence ?

that swat team should have shoulder cams

[-] 1 points by gsw (2697) 2 years ago

Here Leah has video on grand jury witch hunters

http://tidesofflame.wordpress.com/

This link has info on the three who are accused of ???

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Oh, FFS.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this an example of trampling on our natural rights?

The people of America are now at war with the oligarchy and their servants.

Do what you can to let everyone you know aware of this injustice.

And ZenDog, love your work.

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[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

From the video, it would appear that the "perp" was targeted before doing anything supposedly wrong. It was her political stance that was their issue.

As for the letter, you did well. It needs to be formal and without passion.

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[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

Has the movement still got a funding source, and a legal team?

I got the drift that Jart has given up on this forum, but there's still an active movement happening. It would be nice to know they are taking steps to get these people back into the fold.

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[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

Thanks. This will be one to watch.

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[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

Draw comparisons.

Banksters don't even get a sniff of the inside of a cell for lying their asses off and ripping off American citizens. They get a bailout.

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[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

I couldn't imagine a better man for the job. One thing I'm curious about, is the timing. The third occupier to be "processed" stated that her warrant was issued before the date of the offence, indicating that she was a "person of interest" prior to anything actually occurring.

Hope that helps, ZD. But I'm sure you're already onto the details. It's good to have something to sink the teeth into, apart from dealing with trolls. Wish I could be there for you. I am there in spirit.

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[-] 0 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

Why do I not see the words "contempt of court" anywhere in the above?

I would just like to take a moment to remind people that such laws are vital to the prosecution of corrupt officials, for example, in the the case of the civil service employee who is shaken down or coerced into providing campaign contributions to his or her boss, who is an elected official. They cannot refuse to testify unless such testimony incriminates self.

[-] -1 points by WeThePeop (-259) 2 years ago

Holder should be spending the rest of his life in a prison cell for fast and furious. A few citizens were murdered because of his actions

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[-] -1 points by WeThePeop (-259) 2 years ago

Personally I do not care who was the Pres, Holder was in charge of it

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Holder did nothing wrong! And the right wing wacko politically motivated witch hun that Issa engaged in found that Holder has nothing wrong.

The real problem is all the illegal guns that the gun nuts are selling to the mexican drug gangs.

Let's hear your outrage about that.

[-] -1 points by WeThePeop (-259) 2 years ago

The "gun nuts" have about been put out of business since holder and company is providing "free weapons" to the Mexican drug gangs.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Except that Holder ain't doin that! Never has! That's just you lyin like a good right wing wacko?

[-] 0 points by WeThePeop (-259) 2 years ago

Fast & Furious the whistle blower has been fired from his job. Wonder why???? hmmm

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

The republican tea party right wing wacko partisan extremists in the House (Issa etc) wasted years, and millions of dollars on a political witch hunt investigation and came up with nothing!!

Nothing!!

Because Holder has done nothing wrong. He is one of the greatest AGs the US has had. He has done great work fighting against repub/ALEC efforts to suppress dem voters.

That is the reason the right wing wackos hate him.

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