By JG Vibes
January 11, 2013
Just last week we reported that the witch hunt for occupy wall street supporters on the west coast has expanded, leading to imprisonment without trial for four different activists, three of them remaining behind bars.
Now another activist has been hit with a subpoena, and like the others she is refusing to cooperate, but she is also refusing to even enter the court room.
It is important to mention that none of these people were even in town at the time the alleged acts of vandalism occurred.
According to Greenisthenewred:
“Three anarchists are in jail in Seattle for refusing to talk about their politics and other activists before a federal grand jury, and prosecutors have shown no signs of letting up. Another anarchist has now come forward about receiving a subpoena, and has refused to cooperate in any way — even entering the courtroom.
Portland anarchist Kerry Cunneen received a grand jury subpoena on December 14th, according to a statement published by the Committee Against Political Repression. The date was pushed back until January 3rd, but Cunneen refused to enter the courthouse.
“I will not cooperate with this grand jury nor will I in any way aid the state in its efforts to imprison people,” Cunneen said in a statement.
The grand jury appears to be investigating May Day vandalism at the Nakamura Federal courthouse in Seattle. Cunneen and the other grand jury resisters are not accused of those crimes, but were subpoenaed to the grand jury to answer questions about their political associations, their politics, and their friends.
Matt Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Maddy Pfeiffer all refused to answer any questions during the grand jury hearing, saying it was a political witch hunt against anarchists because of their political beliefs. They are all in jail in Seattle, where they may remain for the full term of the grand jury. Cunneen risks similar jail time for taking a principled stand against cooperation.”
The following statement was released by Kerry:
“I have been subpoenaed to the grand jury in Seattle investigating Anarchists in the Pacific Northwest. I was called to testify on January 3rd at 9am. I did not appear before the grand jury. I will not cooperate with this grand jury nor will I in any way aid the state in its efforts to imprison people.
I stand firmly in solidarity with the actions taken against the Nakamura Federal court house during the May Day demonstration and all action taken against the state and capital towards the goal of a more liberated society. I am in solidarity with the May Day 5, with Maddy, Matt and Kteeo, and everyone else who has met repression with resilience. To all whose solidarity has come in some form of action, it is inspiring and must continue.”
I have many strategical and philosophical differences from this sect of occupy wall street, specifically in the realm of private property rights, which i believe is the cornerstone of any free society. However, that is not important, injustice anywhere, is injustice everywhere. The state always picks away at the fringes of society until there is no one left, as the old poem by Martin Niemöller once described:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the catholics,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Unfortunately, i have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of this witch hunt…
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intel Hub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio.
You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com
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