Chicago students attempt to subpoena US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald

Students speak at a rally in front of the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago on Jan. 14. Photo/Maureen Murphy

On Friday, Jan. 14,  student activists protesting the FBI raids and harassment of anti-war and pro-Palestinian activists, attempted to deliver their own subpoena to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago.

Federal agents prohibit students from delivering their "People Subpoena" to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald on Jan. 14, 2001, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. Photo/Maureen Murphy

Below is an excerpt from the comments of Stansfield Smith, whose daughter supposedly has been subpoenaed.  I say supposedly because, according to Stanfield’s comments, the FBI alerted his daughter she’d be issued a summons to appear before the Grand Jury, but as of Friday agents still had not delivered it.

Several college students are among those who must appear before the Grand Jury, which is looking into material support of terrorism, 4:30 p.m., Jan. 25 at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago. There are 30 such actions planned for that date across the country. To date, more than 20 activists, mainly from the Midwest, have been subpoenaed. In the case of those from Minnesota, the FBI had infiltrated its group for 2.5 years.

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Excerpt from Stanfield’s comments made Friday:

My daughter Sarah is one of those being subpoenaed in this case. The FBI said on December 3  she was being subpoenaed. Now it’s January 14 and they still haven’t delivered it. They scheduled to deliver it last Tuesday, but called to cancel because a few inches of snow fell. They have not rescheduled.

This, they assert,  is a grand jury investigation into some type of support to terrorism. But I guess they find a few inches of snow to be a greater threat. I think their attitude last Tuesday shows their real reason is not keeping us safe from terrorism, but harassing and intimidating those opposed to US wars.

You here today  recognize what Fitzgerald and the FBI are doing  in this Grand Jury case is unconstitutional and illegal, and he should be subpoenaed for it.

Why is my daughter being subpoenaed? She’s Jewish, on her mother’s side, and wanted to explore her roots. She didn’t want to go on a free “Birth Right” trip to Israel because she would only see one side. So she went with some Palestinian-American friends – who, unlike my daughter, really do have a birth right –  to see both Israel and Israeli occupied Palestinian lands.

As Sarah had said before, you would think if the US government encourages peace between Israel and Palestine, it would encourage American Jews and American Palestinians to go together and visit both lands together in an effort to make peace.

If every Jew or Palestinian in the US traveled together there like my daughter and her friends did, that itself  would go a long ways towards ending that Mideast conflict.

If Fitzgerald were doing his job, he would be defending her actions, not subpoenaing her for peace-making. For that abuse of office, he himself should be subpoenaed.

The police and FBI had infiltrated the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and the Minnesota anti-war committee over the past  2 and a half years.

As the Minnesota press conference pointed out Wednesday, the FBI had access to all the Anti-War committee’s records, and knew what Freedom Road and the Anti-War Committee were doing. For these two and half years they never had reason to arrest or indict anyone.

I can only assume the materials they stole from of the subpoenaed peoples’ homes on September 24 contains information the FBI already knows. I can only assume any information they expect to get in the Grand Jury investigations is information they had already collected in the past 2 1/2 years.

Since Fitzgerald’s Grand Jury is not going to find anything new, then it is pretty clear it’s whole purpose is harassment of peace activists. For that, Fitzgerald should be subpoenaed himself.

And  I can only assume the FBI has made no arrests, nor have there been indictments for terrorism because they know no evidence exists.


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