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Detained For Silence: The Return of McCarthyism

Posted by Nicholas Goroff on Tuesday, February 26, 201

Civil liberties advocates are raising alarm over the treatment and detention of three Seattle area activists with ties to area anarchist collectives and the Occupy Wall Street movement. “The Grand Jury Refusers,” as they’re referred to by the area bloggers, have become subculture icons within the activist circles since their detention in September, for refusing to answer questions regarding their political affiliations and contacts.

The questions come purportedly as part of a larger federal investigation into the May 5th “May Day” protests, during which substantial amounts of property were damaged and vandalized.

According to Matthew Duran, Katherine Olejnik and Maddie Pfeiffer, all of whom are presently in solitary confinement at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center under (civil) contempt charges, the questioning and subsequent detentions are part of a greater effort by the federal authorities to crack down on activists and dissidents.

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I don't agree with black bloc

I don't agree with black bloc tactics or anarcho-communism, but the 4th and 7th amendments must be upheld.

Southern Agrarian

Don't forget the 6th amendment.


This sort of thing was used

a lot back in the 60's and 70's against activists, but I'm not
sure but what there are new elements to this.

As I understand it, the 5th Amendment protection against
compelled self-incriminating testimony has been held not
to apply to grand jury proceedings. So, those who refuse to
answer questions during such proceedings can be held in
contempt and jailed until they cooperate or until the term
of the grand jury expires - which could be a year or more.

No penalty of course for prosecutors who abuse the
grand jury system fishing for information.

What I don't understand here is whether a judge has held
these people in contempt or whether this is the NDAA
in action. Anyhow, good for those folks for not cooperating,
kind of restores my faith in the younger generation.

Now I could use something to restore my faith in my
own lame ass Boomer generation - although there are
some folks here on DP that do help in that respect!