Jonas, Fitzgerald hear the call: Stop the investigation of anti-war activists
Chicago, IL – “We flooded the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s office with phone calls demanding that they stop investigating anti-war and international solidarity activists,” says Tom Burke of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, describing a Feb. 16 national call-in day.
Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas are aiming to indict the activists on ‘material support for terrorism’ charges. Jonas, well known for his outrageous prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, recently confirmed the ongoing investigation of the anti-war activists.
In 2010, the FBI raided the homes of anti-war, trade union and international solidarity activists. 23 were subpoenaed to a grand jury headed by Patrick Fitzgerald. As a part of the same investigation, the FBI orchestrated a raid on the home of veteran Chicano leader Carlos Montes in May, 2011.
Montes, who is facing up to 18 years of prison on trumped up charges, will be in Los Angeles Superior Court March 2, for a discovery hearing that seeks more information about the role of the FBI in his prosecution.