November 9, 2009
After leaving my house at 5:50 PM, I was pulled over by several unmarked black sedans. I was approached by Steven Molesky, Special Agent of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI, and served a subpoena for a grand jury in Davenport. The grand jury is scheduled for November 17, 2009, at 9:00 AM at the Davenport Courthouse. Given the recent subpoena of Twin Cities activist Carrie Feldman for the same date and time, I believe these subpoenas are related. While the subject of the investigation has not been disclosed, it seems likely that the grand jury is investigating a 2004 Animal Liberation Front action at the University of Iowa.
Grand juries have been used as an integral tactic in the Green Scare, which is the ongoing repression of both legal and illegal activities of the environmentalist and animal rights/animal liberation movements. During the proceeding, no judge or defense counsel may be present. People subpoenaed to testify may be threatened with up to 18 months imprisonment if they fail to comply. As such, grand juries have often been used as fishing expeditions against activists, accused of breaking no laws, in an attempt to mine for information about others.
A scan of the subpoena will be up on tc.indymedia.org shortly.
If you have any information about this grand jury or have been subpoenaed as well, please contact Earth Warriors are OK! at 612-29-EWOKS (612-293-9657) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the grand jury in Davenport, visit: davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com
Down With Grand Juries! Up the Midwest! Fight the Green Scare!
Anpao Duta Okodakciye