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Chicago Colombia Solidarity Committee Refuses FBI Harassment

In a new and intensifying development for anti-war activists in the Chicago area, the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassed a member of the Colombia Solidarity Committee (CSC) at her home.
Apr 11, 2002

Fight Back News Service

On Monday, April 8th, around 7:00 PM, the FBI questioned Heather Truskowski.

The two agents, dressed in casual clothes, asked about Heatherâ s political activism in support of peace and justice in Colombia. One FBI agent accusingly said, "Because of increased security, we have to investigate individuals who are potentially associated with terrorist groups." The FBI agent asked if she had traveled to Colombia, who she met with, how she raised funds for the trip, etc. The other FBI agent acted as silent witness.

With this harassment, political rights and civil liberties have taken another step backwards. This follows the U.S. Government "detention"--in reality, temporary arrest and harassment--of hundreds of Muslims and Arabs.

Despite harassment, Colombia anti-intervention activists will continue to push for an end to President Bush's war plans, including Plan Colombia.

The CSC vows to continue to build for the International ANSWER protest in Washington D.C. on April 20th, 2002, at 11:00 AM, in front of the White House. "George Bush can send his agents to harass us at our homes, now we will speak to him outside his front door!" said one CSC member.

Heather warns other anti-intervention and solidarity activists to mentally prepare for such a visit "Donâ t be rude, but be firm. Refuse to speak with FBI agents. Give them your name and your lawyer's phone number. That is all." Heatherâ s lawyer, Jim Fennerty said, "In thirty years of practice, only one FBI agent has ever made a follow up call to my office. Talking to the FBI will only create trouble for you. Even answering a seemingly safe question changes your legal relationship."

The CSC wants to encourage activists to step up your support for stopping Plan Colombia and supporting Self-determination for the Colombian People. We will not be discouraged. Official Statement from the Colombia Solidarity Committee.
Contact: 773-844-3612 or CHICSC13 (at) aol.com .
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