Portland Mercury. July 25:
FBI agents and local police who are part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided multiple houses in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle this morning—but it’s still unclear what the authorities were looking for, exactly.
No arrests were made in the raids and the warrants for the searches are sealed, which means they’re not public record. The most the FBI will say is the raids are part of an “ongoing violent crime investigation.” They issued grand jury subpoenas to individuals in all three cities.
However, the Oregonian talked with the owner of one of the three homes in NE Portland who said the FBI may have been seeking a group of “anarchists” who lived there a year ago and ran an info booth at Last Thursday. In Portland, the three houses raided were 4820 NE 31st Ave, 7129 NE 8th Ave, and 6846 N. Greenwich. It’s not clear whether this is related, but earlier this month, police raided the home of Occupy Mayday protesters in Seattle.
KGW has some shots of the agents in the raid. It’s a pretty heavy duty squad:
This is a clear example of one of the controversial issues about Portland being a part of JTTF. The FBI can work with police to raid Portlanders’ houses, but then not make public any information about it… except maybe include some details in a bare-bones report about their involvement down the line. Until then, we’re in the dark.
photos on KGW news:
This was a raid and subpoena round up for young folk that protested police brutality in Spokane WA. about five years age in regards to the handicap man that was beaten to death by Spokane police. All the kid (at the time) on the 4th of July had dressed up in fake cop outfits and did a march that ended at the city park where they stopped to have lunch. The Spokane police began to swarm the kids as they ate there vegan lunch and started taking pictures of the kids. The camera being only inches from their face one of the youth put his hand up to ask the officer to please give him some space and at the moment the cop pounced the kids, zip tied them and staked them like human logs! Almost all these kids were strait edge and virgins, with no priors arrest. After much up row by the public all charges were dropped against the kid for the most part. Two of them still had charges brought against them do to the fact that a short time later they changed themselves to the door of a circus to protest animal cruelty. At the time the photo’s where taken our states police force sold these kids out as anarchist to the FEDs, all well knowing they would doom these poor kids for life to be put on a watch list for been exactly what our forefathers were Anarchist. For both Gorge Washington and Benjamin Franklin were charge with and found guilty of been anarchist. The thing is, you got to ask yourself is when did our state sellout to Governmentism and no longer supports patriotism, for these kids where just practicing their patriotic rights to assemble and now they’re looking at a life on the run or possible jail time just for abiding by their constitutional rights. These kids of our fair state do no deserve this kind of treatment and if the public does not take a stand now it will be your home the FEDs come to next.
It’s best to avoid speculating why these raids and the grand jury are happening. All we know is that the search warrants mentioned they were looking for evidence of Destruction of government property, Conspiracy to destroy government property, Interstate travel with intent to riot, and Conspiracy to travel interstate with intent to riot.
Speculation can only help the government. Please keep it to yourself.