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Are You a Domestic Terrorist?

February 22 2010

Prosecutor in the Carrie Feldman and Scott DeMuth cases states, "Defendant's writings, literature, and conduct suggest that he is an anarchist and associated with the ALF movement. Therefore, he is a domestic terrorist."


Well, now. The corporate media up in the Twin Cities has taken note of the fact that Carrie Feldman has been sitting in jail for three months now for refusing to testify before a grand jury about things she knows nothing about.

The article also contains this interesting quote from the prosecutor about Scott DeMuth wh...o has been indicted by the same grand jury. "Defendant's writings, literature, and conduct suggest that he is an anarchist and associated with the ALF movement," Clifford Cronk, U.S. Attorney wrote. "Therefore, he is a domestic terrorist."

Heads up kids! You, too, may be a domestic terrorist.

Pictured above are seven terrorist members of the infamous Beagle Liberation Organization

The following is from Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Stuck 3 months in Iowa jail for refusal to testify
Feds say the Minneapolis woman may have information on terrorist acts.
By ABBY SIMONS, Star Tribune

Having sat three months now in an Iowa jail, Carrie Feldman of Minneapolis is a hero to scores of animal-rights defenders around the world.

But to the U.S. government, the 20-year-old left-wing political activist is a potential witness who may know something about a daring break-in more than five years ago at a University of Iowa laboratory.

When she refused to testify before a grand jury, a judge ordered her jailed Nov. 17 for contempt of court. She's been in a cell ever since and could legally be held 11 months if she continues her silence.

Her attorney and supporters say Feldman's plight illustrates how the U.S. government runs roughshod over citizens who resist policies they believe unjust. But officials of that government have said she may have ties to domestic terrorist groups and has a duty to tell what she knows.

In a recent interview, Feldman said she was 15 at the time of the break-in, didn't participate in it and doesn't know who did.

The Nov. 14, 2004, attack on Spence Laboratories drew widespread attention when members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) released video of themselves breaking into the lab, rescuing hundreds of rats and mice, smashing computers and dumping chemicals. Damages totaled $450,000.

For five years, police made no arrests. Then, in November 2009, they arrested Feldman and her former boyfriend, Scott DeMuth, 22, for refusing to testify to the grand jury despite offers of immunity. Shortly thereafter, the grand jury indicted DeMuth in the break-in. He says he's innocent.

Ironically, DeMuth, still uncooperative but now a defendant, was allowed to post bail, return to the Twin Cities and await trial. Feldman, though not charged in the break-in, sits in jail.

"They're really using her as a pawn in this whole thing," said her attorney, Jordan Kushner of Minneapolis.

Feldman said she refused to testify because she opposes the grand jury system and how, in her belief, it undercuts citizens' rights.

"It's a principle thing for me," she said by telephone from jail, adding that her case shows "how easy it is for [the federal government] to abuse the statutes and the secrecy that surrounds it all. I haven't seen any evidence of why they want my testimony or [have] any reason to hold me."

Evidence not shown

Clifford Cronk, U.S. Attorney for that region, declined to discuss the case.

His office presented evidence to judges that attorneys for the pair have not seen. Those documents purportedly argue that a conspiracy surrounding the break-in continued after the crime, justifying the charge against DeMuth even though the five-year statute of limitations for the crime had expired.

Prosecutors have said that evidence, if revealed, could affect testimony or compromise the case against unindicted suspects.

DeMuth, a University of Minnesota graduate student, is charged with animal enterprise terrorism. He was 17 at the time of the break-in.

Prosecutors say they can link DeMuth to the 2008 Republican National Convention Welcoming Committee, which planned to disrupt the RNC in St. Paul. DeMuth was never arrested or charged with RNC-related activities. They also say he's been part of anti-government protests.

"Defendant's writings, literature, and conduct suggest that he is an anarchist and associated with the ALF movement," Cronk wrote. "Therefore, he is a domestic terrorist."

DeMuth's attorney, Michael Deutsch of Chicago, has filed motions for dismissal on several grounds; a trial is scheduled to get underway in March.

Though Feldman and DeMuth's case files are sealed by court order, both have provided documents to supporters who post them online.

Defining anarchism

Feldman, who studied two years at St. Catherine University before taking time off, is, like DeMuth, active in several Minnesota organizations, including Coldsnap Legal Collective and Earth Warriors are OK! (EWOK!), which supports people arrested during environmental or animal rights protests.

She was volunteering with Coldsnap when she was arrested during the RNC and said Ramsey County Sheriff Robert Fletcher told her she was suspected of conspiracy to commit a riot. Officials released her without charges. She, like Deutsch, believes the RNC connections could be linked to the current arrest.

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