Memphis Madness: FBI and SWAT Appears at Anti-FBI Raids Day of Action

This article is a re-post with permission from Fire on the Mountain.

January 25th was a national day of action to protest the ongoing FBI/Grand Jury witch-hunt against anti-war and solidarity activists in the Midwest.

We in Memphis, like people in nearly 50 cities around the country, felt it important to do our part. We had no idea we ourselves would wind up in the middle of what appears to have been a surreal exercise in state overkill directed at free speech and political activism.

We had planned an indoor event at the offices of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center (MSPJC, long housed at the First Congregational Church) from 4 until 6 PM. The featured activity was to be folks present filling out official Freedom of Information Act forms requesting copies of any FBI reports on them.

Things started getting strange around 2:30. Three men in suits identifying themselves as FBI agents dropped by the MSPJC offices. MSPJC’s organizing coordinator posted to Facebook: “Just had a visit from the FBI…….they claimed that they wanted to alert me that some Anti War activist were planning something around my building….I paused and tried not to laugh..when i said…”Uh..yes sir..these are the offices of the Mid-South PEACE and Justice Center.” They promptly left….”

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