Police State Repression

A two-year secret federal investigation of the U.S. anti-war movement has been conducted by the Obama administration, apparently with a federal grand jury in Chicago hearing evidence from Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, looking into “possible links between U.S. anti-war groups and foreign terrorist organizations,” according to the Chicago Tribune.  Fitzgerald issued subpoenas beginning in September 2010, delivered via FBI raids to their homes, for activists to appear before the grand jury.  With all the records sealed by court order, it is impossible to know about the scope and intent of the probe.  23 anti-war activists have now been targeted by the FBI, many through September raids that confiscated a wide range of personal material.  Activists who have been summoned to testify before grand juries have righteously refused.

We cannot allow these repressive attacks to deter us from righteously opposing and resisting the crimes of our government. We must have courage.  The movement as a whole must unite in support of targeted activists and refuse to cooperate with these repressive police operations. If you, as an activist with World Can't Wait, are contacted by government agents, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (866) 973-4463. Our efforts are completely protected under the Constitution, and efforts to intimidate us aren't legitimate.

More Info

Debra Sweet: Why I Oppose a Grand Jury Investigation of Anti-War Activists

Lynne Stewart: Subpoenas

Download Flier: Bush, Now Obama: “Anti-War Protests are a Form of Terrorism”

Know Your Rights!


If An Agent Knocks

Booklet from the Center for Constitutional Rights
Available in English, Spanish, Urdu, and Arabic

Don't Talk

Article from Revolution newspaper: history of political repression in the US, myths and facts for activists

Also see:

Ten Years Later: Surveillance in the Homeland (a joint project of the ACLU of Massachusetts and Truthout)

From San Quentin to Guantanamo: the New Carceral State

By Dennis Loo | October 23, 2014

This is a transcript of Dennis Loo’s prepared remarks at a Cal Poly Pomona Symposium on Stop Mass Incarceration, Police Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation on the evening of October 21, 2014.

Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, recounts at the beginning of her book that when she first began working as a civil rights attorney over a decade ago, the prevailing view was that the battle for civil rights had essentially been won and that the main battlefront in defending those gains was in affirmative action cases and so on, a view that matched her own attitude at the time.

One day she spotted a flyer stuck on a post that said in big letters: “The Drug War is the New Jim Crow.” Her response at the time was that this was a gross overstatement that would turn people off who would think that it was “crazy.” It took her years, even after leaving her work at the ACLU, to realize that the criminalization of millions of people of color was going on right in front of her nose and that the slogan was not an exaggeration at all. The Drug War was indeed the New Jim Crow, a way of rendering black and brown people to a permanent second-class caste status, robbed of their rights, deprived of any housing assistance, the right to vote and serve on a jury, condemned to filling out job apps that asked the inevitable question that ruled you out of employment “have you ever been convicted of a felony?” all without being blatantly racist.


The Execution of Michael Brown

Dennis Loo | August 18, 2014

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, all of which he could have survived, including the terrible bullet to his eye, save for the likely final fatal wound, a shot through his skull originating from the top of his head penetrating down to his chin. This final kill shot is consistent with witnesses’ accounts that Brown was trying to surrender when he was murdered in cold blood.


Primer for Demonstrating on the Streets of NYC

Antonia Cedrone | July 24, 2014

The following are accepted rules of practice and do not constitute legal advice.

When demonstrators are in the streets of NYC they are confronted by one of the largest armies in the world – the NYPD. The goal of the NYPD is to contain and control the presence of demonstrators in the name of public safety and order. Our ability to express our views is our knowledge that we have rights, under the First Amendment of the Constitution, to gather, be seen and be heard.


Inventing Terrorists: a Movement of Creationism

Johanna Bon | June 28, 2014

Recently, the Center for Constitutional Rights held a press conference, hosting lawyers Steve Downs and Kathy Manley of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. Based in Albany, NCPCF's mission is to educate the public about ongoing civil and political freedoms eroding, while police commit abuses both in society and to prisoners in jails. 


‘Inventing Terrorists’ Study Offers Critical Examination of Government’s Use of Preemptive Prosecutions

Kevin Gosztola | June 9, 2014

Nearly ninety-five percent of individuals on a Justice Department list of “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions” from 2001-2010 included some elements of preemptive prosecution, according to a study by attorneys which they say is the first to “directly examine and critique preemptive prosecution and its abuses.”


Students vs. NSA Internet Spying

Revolution Newspaper | June 9, 2014

Students Against Surveillance has begun a nationwide campaign against Internet spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). The campaign began on June 5, the one-year anniversary of the day the newspaper Guardian UK first published articles based on files released by Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, exposing massive NSA spying.


Examining and Understanding the Arrest of Moazaam Begg, Former Guantanamo Prisoner and Human Rights Activist

Jill McLaughlin | March 2, 2014

Moazaam Begg was captured in 2002 in the western imperialist “war on terror”. The British citizen of Pakistani descent was held for a time at Bagram Airforce Base in Afghanistan and then transferred to Guantanamo Bay Detention Center where he was detained without charge or trial for three years before he was released and repatriated to the U.K.


World Can't Wait's Message for February 11: The Day We Fight Back

World Can't Wait | February 6, 2014

Find a February 11th Event Near You

We in the US have a government that relies on terror and repression to maintain its rule, here and around the world. We live in a country whose government assassinates thousands with drones. Our government, driven by the relentless pursuit of profit, is plundering the earth, exploiting humanity, and imperiling our planet's very viability. This government tortures people while holding them indefinitely without trial and uses warrantless surveillance over all of us to try to identify those who might pose a threat to their agenda.


We Support the Rights of the NATO 3

Chicago World Can't Wait | February 5, 2014

On Saturday February 1, about 20 people braved a snow storm to gather at a church in Evanston, Illinois, to hear Kevin Gosztola talk about the NATO 3 trial that he has been covering on Firedoglake.com. Sponsored by World Can’t Wait Chicago, 8th Day Center for Justice, Neighbors for Peace, and Occupy Evanston, the afternoon succeeded in raising funds and discussing some of issues posed by this important trial.


"Reforms" Aimed at Keeping Mass Surveillance Intact

Revolution Newspaper | February 3, 2014

The central piece of "reform" that President Barack Obama proposed in his January 14 speech relates to NSA's telephone metadata program—under which the NSA carries out a bulk collection of information about each and every telephone call in the U.S., such as what number was called and how long the call lasted.


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