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    CNN Article here

    An anarchist social worker raided by the feds wants his computers, manuscripts and pick axes back. He argues that authorities violated the U.S. Constitution and the rights of his mentally ill clients while searching for evidence that he broke an anti-rioting law on Twitter.

    In a guns-drawn raid on October 1, FBI agents and police seized boxes of dubious "evidence" from the Queens, New York, home of Elliott Madison. A U.S. District Judge in Brooklyn has set a Monday deadline to rule on the legality of the search, and in the meantime has ordered the government to refrain from examining the material taken in the 6 a.m. search.

    Madison, who counsels more than 100 severely mentally ill patients in New York, seems to have first drawn attention from the authorities at September's G-20 gathering of world leaders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There he was arrested on September 24 at a motel room for allegedly listening to a police scanner and relaying information on Twitter to help protesters avoid heavily-armed cops -- an activity the State Department lauded when it happened in Iran.

    A week later, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, armed with a search warrant and backed by a federal grand jury investigation, raided Madison's house, which he shares with his wife of 13 years and several roommates. The squad seized his computers, camera memory cards, books, air-filtration masks, bumper stickers and political posters -- all purportedly evidence that the 41-year old social worker had broken a federal anti-rioting law that carries up to five years in prison.

    But a closer look at the court documents leaves the unmistakable impression that Elliott Madison is yet another casualty of the government's nasty, post-9/11 habit of considering political dissidents as threats to national security.

    Madison, his wife and his lawyer Martin Stolar say the search violates the Constitution's protections against general searches and prosecution for political speech. The police also seized mobile phones, citizen emergency kits, manuscripts, posters and even the couple's marriage license.

    In a motion to throw out the search, Stolar called the search unconstitutional:

    In this day and age, federally authorized agents entered the private home of a writer and urban planner and seized their books and writings. The warrant's vagueness and lack of specificity encouraged the agents to use their own discretion and their own views of the political universe to seize, or not to seize, items which they thought were evidence of a violation of the federal anti-riot statute. The law and the Constitution do not allow this. If there really is a grand jury investigation with possible future prosecution under [a federal anti-rioting law], the use of this statute as applied to demonstrations, demonstrators, and their supporters has profound 1st Amendment implications.

    If Madison were an Iranian using Twitter to coordinate government protests, he'd likely be considered a hero in the West. Instead, the self-identified anarchist -- who volunteered in Louisiana after Katrina -- is now facing up to five years in prison for each count a grand jury cares to indict him on.

    *note: there is a lot more article
    So far he has been described as organizing a protest and telling people how to avoid the police, haven't found a statement about him telling them to riot or to act violently at all. Isn't he simply organizing a protest per the 1st amendment?
    |TG-6th|Snooggums

    Just because everyone does something does not mean that it is right to do.

  • #2
    Re: Anarchist raided under 'riot' laws

    "They came for the bankers, but I did not speak out, I was not a banker.
    They came for the anarchists, but I did not speak out, I was not an anarchist.
    They came for the gun owners, but I did not speak out, I did not own a gun.
    Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me."
    The American Resistance Movement: Defending the nation from tyranny since 1776.

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    • #3
      Re: Anarchist raided under 'riot' laws

      Whatever happened to this:
      Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
      The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
      Or maybe “It’s just a god-damned piece of paper!” as George W. Bush once said.

      For those who support the establishment or goverment, you will be just fine as long as you don't step outside the mainstream box. Because if you do, you could suffer the same fate as this guy. You know, pay your taxes, buy all the products that corporations sell you, use rigged financial institutions such as credit cards and mortgages, and basically follow all the local, state, and federal laws. Wich are so vague and broad in their enforcement, and written in such a lengthy and cunfusing context, that almost every American could be charged with something if placed under a microscope.

      As stated in the full article:
      One wonders how the Southern Christian Leadership Council and Martin Luther King, Jr. would have fared under that law, when he was in a Birmingham jail, writing letters urging people to support the direct-action program of sit-ins and marches. Those protesters were later attacked by police using dogs and fire hoses on the orders of Birmingham Sheriff Bull Connor.
      The civil rights movement might have been crushed under such Federal authority.
      If Madison were an Iranian using Twitter to coordinate government protests, he'd likely be considered a hero in the West. Instead, the self-identified anarchist -- who volunteered in Louisiana after Katrina -- is now facing up to five years in prison for each count a grand jury cares to indict him on.
      This is so true and poignant when talking about the merits of a case like this. The same sellouts that would applaude such efforts in Iran by a young student fighting against that regime would be the same people that push for this type of Federal authority to arrest our own citizens. It doesn't matter if you agree with this guy, its about him having the same right to free speech and protest as anyone else.

      There is a scripture in the bible Ecclesiastes 1:9 wich says: "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. What does this mean? Its defintion can be used towards almost every aspect of life. But in this case its every technique thats been used by goverments to control thought, freedom, civil rights throughout history and is still being used today. Its only been changed slightly in its method. The American goverment just has their own version. Its normally done all in the name of public safety. War on Drugs, War on Terror, Patriot Act, all just catch phrases in the name of public safety full of disinformation to gain public support for such outrageous goverment control.
      Last edited by mp40x; 10-26-2009, 03:25 PM.
      |TG-X| mp40x



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      • #4
        Re: Anarchist raided under 'riot' laws

        The overall hypocrisy surrounding the heightened 'security' in our post-9/11 society is overwhelmingly depressing. Double standards are nothing new when it comes to rhetoric from official US channels (after all, that's diplomacy in the modern age), but the domestic spying has taken on a horrible new role in this new millenium. I'm not surprised that Obama's administration hasn't changed it much - after all, these secret mechanisms have probably contributed to actionable intelligence and no one in the Fed wants to be blamed for not having caught the next attack. The problem is, they've also most likely contributed to actionable misinformation, which seems to be the case for this guy and many, many others. Is it worth the price? In the over-polarized political state America is in, sure it is. Instead of actually paying attention to real problems with regard to the rights of citizens, most people in America would rather deride officials about 'corruption' (Acorn, not KBR/Haliburton) and the President being a communist/socialist/marxist/black man. Strike up a haphazard bill to (unconstitutionally) deny funding to Acorn because it was tricked by a fake pimp and prostitute but don't bother correcting the law to prevent unlawful search, seizure and prosecution of countless American citizens. Keep watching Fox news, folks - where you decide!

        Bin Laden himself could have never imagined how awfully successful his attacks would be in turning America into a fearful, bankrupt, distrusted nation whose population is more bitterly divided than ever over some of the most trivial matters. Who could have imagined how moronic fringe politics would take center stage simply because of their cable-news entertainment value. It's mostly been a sad chapter in American history so far.
        Last edited by Mosely; 10-26-2009, 02:34 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Anarchist raided under 'riot' laws

          "They came for the bankers, but I did not speak out, I was not a banker.
          They came for the anarchists, but I did not speak out, I was not an anarchist.
          They came for the gun owners, but I did not speak out, I did not own a gun.
          Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me."
          Actually, I wouldn't mind if they came for the bankers

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          • #6
            Re: Anarchist raided under 'riot' laws

            He doesn't believe in government but cites the constitution immediately.

            /thread over.

            BTW, just kidding.
            Skud


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