Several of you sent me links to the story last week about the several “social justice activists” who had their cribs searched by the FBI (Huffington Post link). As the FBI searched their homes, these clowns whined to the press that they’d done nothing to cause this kind of scrutiny.
Well, that’s not exactly true. They belong to a group called Freedom Road Socialist Organization, they were organized in 1985 because the Maoist organizations of the 70s were fracturing and the FRSO tried to rejuvenate the Communist movement. I call them communists because they themselves refer to the organization as Marxist/Leninist – so what else should I call them?
Of course, they would call my characterization of them as “red-baiting” to recall images of Joseph McCarthy’s hearings in the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. That’s because they love to play victim – similar to the way Muslim extremists play the victim tune when they get busted. Using our justice system against us is a trait that communists share with jihadists.
Their websites are full of their own propaganda over the raids – the Freedom Road Socialist Organization is actually two organizations – they both threw hissy fits over the direction of the club and split – each claiming the FRSO mantle. Leave it to commies to confuse the perception of them One facet is in Chicago, the other in New York.
One of the detained “activists” is Mick Kelly who edits their periodical “Fight Back!” touted as “news and views from the People’s struggle”.
Here’s an interview with Mick while the FBI was rummaging through his apartment above a coffee shop.
He plays the victim well. I guess he didn’t figure anyone would read FRSO’s website. For example in their mission statement they say “We Exist to Organize for Revolution and Socialism”. That doesn’t seem so docile, does it?
“Fight for full equality of oppressed nationalities, including the right to self-determination for the African American, Chicano and Hawai’ian Nations ” Yup, I’m all for full equality – but that statement of self-determination means, according to their own websites, that the US needs to cut wide swaths in our country to give those minority groups their own countries within ours. I’m pretty sure that their intent to establish these areas as self governing elements, they don’t intend to make them self-sufficient. Not exactly a basis for establishing “equality”.
“Building a strategic alliance of the national movements and the working class to overthrow imperialism and establish socialism” doesn’t sound too peaceful does it?
Anyway, the Chicago Tribune reports that last night 350 “activists” protested in the streets outside of the FBI’s office. There is good news in all of this for our side;
Jim Fennerty, an attorney representing Abudayyeh, who is an American of Palestinian descent, said Monday that lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild will represent those who are being investigated.
The communist lawyer association is also the home of James Branum…so it looks like all of the “activists” will end up doing time in jail thanks to their activist lawyers.
But they’re not exactly innocent bystanders.
“We aren’t doing anything differently than we have in 20 years,” said Weiner, a teacher at Wilbur Wright College. Iosbaker is a staff member at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a union steward for Service Employees International Union Local 73.
Burke said he received a grand jury subpoena requesting records of payments to Abudayyeh’s organization as well as two groups among the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Yeah, I don’t think the FBI has time to harass poor little protesters eeking out a meager living while they have meetings and read passages from Trotsky.