Friday, October 12, 2012

3 Portland activists indefinitely detained for refusing to speak at grand jury hearing

Leah-Lynn Plante
J.G. Vibes
Activist Post

Since late July, three activists have had their lives torn apart by the police and the legal system, simply because they refused to answer any questions in a grand jury case, regarding crimes that they have absolutely no connection to. As of right now, all three are behind bars, with no clue when they will be able to get out.

The most recent to be sent away was Leah-Lynn Plante, this week she repeated the same process that she just watched her roommates go through. After being summoned to speak twice and refusing to speak both times, the prosecutors in the case enacted a legal loophole which waived her 5th amendment right to remain silent. This decision was made for her by the court against her will.

The sneaky legal trick that the prosecutors pulled was granting her immunity, which meant that anything she said to them would not incriminate her. This may sound OK at face value, but when you are granted immunity you lose your right to remain silent and can be thrown into prison for what is called “civil contempt”. This actually happens a lot; video journalist Josh Wolf, for example, served seven-and-a-half months in 2006 and 2007 for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury and turn over his footage of a protest in San Francisco. Grand jury trials are very shady ordeals, which have totally different rules than the typical court case. Defense attorneys are not even allowed to be present, and the proceedings of the case are completely secret.

According to the grand jury infosheet on
Since their inception, both in England and in the United States, grand juries have been used against political dissidents, the jurors often being hand-picked to ensure indictment. A modern variation on this abuse of power relies on political activists’ reluctance to turn informant. Activists are subpoenaed with the expectation that they will refuse to testify, and thus end up in jail for lengthy periods. The person who was subpoenaed is thereby immobilized, while other activists are deterred from further participation.

At the end of the day, beneath all of the rhetoric, she is being persecuted for refusing to obey and refusing to spy on fellow activists. She was targeted in the first place because of her activist work and a collection of what the feds call “Anarchist Literature”. Her roommates Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik and Matthew Kyle Duran have been faced with the same situation and both were nailed with the same tricky legal loophole.

It all started on the morning of July 25th when their house was raided on the apparent grounds of their connection to a May Day protest, where unidentified members of a crowd carried out random acts of vandalism. These acts of vandalism were isolated and there has been no proof that these three activists were involved in any way. 

In fact, they all have alibis; all three of them weren’t physically at the protests, nor were they even in town at the time. A statement released by Leah just before her final court date described the experience in detail, and discussed the events leading up to the grand jury summoning. The statement read in part:
FBI agents from around Washington and Oregon and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents from Washington busted down the front door of my house with a battering ram, handcuffed my house mates and me at gunpoint, and held us hostage in our backyard while they read us a search warrant and ransacked our home. They said it was in connection to May Day vandalism that occurred in Seattle, Washington earlier this year. 
However, we suspected that this was not really about broken windows. As if they had taken pointers from Orwell’s 1984, they took books, artwork and other various literature as 'evidence' as well as many other personal belongings even though they seemed to know that nobody there was even in Seattle on May Day. While we know that knowledge is powerful, we suspected that nobody used rolled up copies of the Stumptown Wobbly to commit property damage. 
We saw this for what it was. They are trying to investigate anarchists and persecute them for their beliefs. This is a fishing expedition. This is a witch hunt. Since then, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we have learned that this Grand jury was convened on March 2nd, 2012, two months before the May Day vandalism even took place.
Her fourth and final court date in front of the grand jury was this week, October 10th, where again, she refused to speak, only this time she was jailed as a result. Although there were supporters outside of the courthouse in protest, there has been minimal mainstream coverage of this legal battle. Most of the coverage that has come has been through online blogs and activist websites. Due to the censorship and secrecy that has surrounded this case, what exactly took place inside the court room is still a mystery. So far, the only message about Leah’s condition has come from a post that a supporter has made to her tumblr page. The message reads as follows:
Today, October 10th, 2012, Leah-Lynn Plante was thrown into prison for civil contempt.
This blog will now only be maintained by members of her support team, she will resume posting when she is free.
Please keep following so you can get updates about her and how to help.
Thank you on behalf of Leah and all the PNW Grand Jury Resisters.
Since these proceedings are completely secret there has been no word on her sentence, but it has been speculated that her roommate Matthew could be held in solitary confinement until March of 2014, and it appears that the same goes for Katherine and Leah as well. 

Sadly, May Day has a long history of false flag vandal attacks and activist witch hunts. Matthew Kyle Duran referenced one of the most popular of these instances, the Haymarket protests of 1886, in his last statement before being incarcerated. Part of his statement read:
When the Haymarket massacre took place all those years ago and the martyrs were hung for their desire for a better life, the State attempted to crush all radicals. Clearly, this did not work then and it won’t work now. If this was their desire, they have failed in every aspect of it as I have not seen anything other than flagrant disregard for them across the globe. Keep the struggle in your hearts and minds and do not bend to their will. They will never be able to destroy us no matter how hard they try.
As in their case, every single person who was taken in an executed after the Haymarket protests were in fact innocent, many of them also not even being in town at the time. This was an important but rarely talked about part of history, which I cover in detail in my hardback book Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance. In chapter 45 of the book I discuss how:
Two days into the strike on May 3rd, 4 workers outside the McCormick Harvester company were indiscriminately killed by police during protests, and dozens of others were injured. The following day the protests grew as a result of the murders and prominent activists of the time began to call national attention to what was going on in Chicago.

The next day on May 4th a bomb was set off in the midst of the protests and although there was no indication of who was responsible for the bombing, the blame was placed on the demonstrators and a witch hunt ensued. 8 of the most prominent antiestablishment speakers and writers of the time were rounded up for 'inciting a murder' and executed. Their only crime was exercising their right to free speech and speaking out against the establishment. 3 of the 8 activists that were executed were speaking and were nowhere near the explosion, the other 5 weren’t even in town at the time. The evidence that has surfaced since the Haymarket incident show that the blast was most likely set by an agent provocateur, in order to give the establishment an excuse to silence this growing political movement.
Now over a hundred years later history is repeating itself, and these non-violent people have been taken from their homes, their lives and their loved ones to be placed in a cage under constant supervision, with absolutely no clue when they will see the light of day again.

Websites have been established for Leah and her friends, but their futures are still uncertain. A massive public uproar could help spring them free sooner or later, so it is important for the alternative press and the activist community to stay up on this story and gather public support for their cause.

Armed FBI Raid Targets Activist's Political Literature 

J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio. He is also an artist with an established record label and event promotion company that hosts politically charged electronic dance music events. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website .


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Anonymous said...

Would you believe that if we want to change what's going on in America, all we have to do is vote in November?


OK, would you believe this? Our laws, our government and our Constitution will protect innocent Americans from persecution by rogue elements in the justice system.


OK, then would you believe this? There's not much left in America to believe in.

Anonymous said...

The Powerful and Corrupt in America have ways to intimidate Juries, and they use subliminal language, where People understand, but they are intimidated, and so Justice is not done.

The word Chappaquiddick is made up of Chap A Quid Dick, and chap is a man, and quid is money, and dick has several meanings, and one is the male sexual organ.

This is how Male Democrats intimidated females to keep silent about their affairs, and it was another Person who made Monika Lewinsky’s indiscretions with President Bill Clinton known to the Public.

We all know Senator Kennedy who killed a female companion who was not his wife or girlfriend, because the automobile he was driving drove off Dike Bridge at Chappaquiddick, and how after that incident, the word dike was used by the American Democrats, the supposed champions of women and homosexuals to refer to mean a female homosexual after that incident.

After that Chappaquiddick incident, and with Regards to Senator John DeCamp, the word camp came to mean male homosexual at the time Senator John DeCamp was making his allegations were in the Media in 1988, and we know that he wrote his Memo in 1990, and he published the first edition his book, the Franklin Cover Up in 1992.

We see here that the American Establishment by using word changing was trying to subliminally suggest that Senator Kennedy could not have had an affair with that woman, because they hoped that others thought that she was a dike, or a lesbian.

The same method was used by the American Democrats who are the supposed champions of children and homosexuals with Senator John DeCamp, where the American Democrats were subliminally suggesting that he was camp or homosexual, and that People should not listen to Senator John DeCamp, or read his book.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this information with us. It sounds like these young people were singled out because they're especially informed, articulate, and dedicated... willing to go to jail, rather than rat on their friends.
That's how the bully-state always operates: pick out those who are the most-likely to inspire the rest of us, and silence them.
Stay strong.

KenBrodeur said...

Free Leah-Lynn Plante! Free the Three!

Anonymous said...

Is this a sign their system is going down in flames

Battling to keep their jobs at any cost

I have to say it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of godless crooks err i mean people

Anonymous said...

"simply because they refused to answer any questions in a grand jury case, regarding crimes that they have absolutely no connection to."

DUH! Once they choose not to answer questions they became connected to it because they were interefering with the legal system. Pretty stupid!

Sally Oh said...

Can you get this on Sharing this everywhere, thank you.

Ketabyte said...

Awful situation these people have been detained into. My heart goes out to these brave souls. We will most likely be seeing more instances of kidnapping or "indefinite detention". WE MUST KEEP OUR CHINS UP!

Domari Nolo

Anonymous said...

Brave or guilty? They have a legal responsibility to tell the truth. Let them rot in jail.

Anonymous said...

This is exactly the kind of thing that happened in Nazi Germany and in Communist USSR (I was there in 1977 and saw/heard this king of thing from the Russians themselves)
This is only a prelude for what they are about to do, they're just getting started - just like it was in pre-WW2 Nazi Germany.

Anonymous said...

I feel hopeless, and I cry for America.

Anonymous said...

The US wants liberating...perhaps by Venezuela or Bolivia? At least they wouldn't claim they owned the country afterwards, unlike that fascist scum in Washington. Mick McNulty. England.

Lowenstein said...

Yes Anonymous at 6:39AM, these goy must obey our laws and meet their responsibility, unless we say otherwise. Of course these laws don't apply to us, but just to the goy.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe this is the America we were taught as children. Corrupt. I stand behind all three. I will repost, retweet, forums, word of mouth. If this was my daughter they would have done taken me. Say it with me "1984".

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

God Rules or self rules it is simple same as it ever was

Anonymous said...

We wouldn't have a legal system if people could simply refuse to testify. This is the reality folks. If you defy the court you are held in contempt.

eyeontruth said... write or contact: Rosa Koire I am not in any political line but I know they are in San Francisco and Rosa would not tolerate this, she is a major activist and speaker/if this can happen to you it can happen to her..I will also post it to her on their web about this situation, as well William Wagner of Second Thought TV in take this case on by alternative media. I want to share a true story here in Oregon of my sitting on a grand jury and as its recorder of the records in 2004/I called on my DA and two police officers tampering with our jury and the results were 6 stupid jury members running to tell him and passing on the case to the next jury. I was followed and stalked for weeks until I was done serving and a week later, after a major advocate and women I knew for A VOICE FOR CHILDREN, mysteriously died coming home from a memorial we found our home on fire, it did not end there, I think they thought they would cause us to take the money from the insurance and leave town.. I would like to share this story...I am so sorry for you all on this matter. I do need to say, silence is,"acquiescing and is as much as admission of something, without evoking your 5th amendment rights, but actually with a grand jury. even a trial hearing, there are many ways to not admit or devulge anything without just sitting and saying nothing. Please, go for help on this one and have your friends try Rosa and I will post more when I find something better Hang in there this is the new American Nazi control in this country and it needs to stop !!

Anonymous said...

While appreciate this articles call to solidarity with the Pacific Northwest grand jury resisters I think some of the implications and rhetoric deployed by the author of this piece is marginalizing and conspiratorial. To imply, without evidence, that the Mayday 2012 property destruction in Seattle was part of a "false flag operation" to justify repression against "non-violent" activists is simply baseless and is a round about form of bad jacketing. The article portrayed the actions of the Mayday black bloc as "random acts of vandalism", while that statement is not only false, it also plays into the hands of the state in an attempt to discredit militant activity, justify the repression of militant activists, and sow unnecessary divisions between activists. The J.G. Vibes article was written in a way that marginalizes and "others" anarchists and advocates of militant tactics and I believe this narrative is not only harmful to advocates of militant activity themselves, but the movement as a whole.
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Anonymous said...

People, "fighting against" is never the answer; you just perpetuate the looped energy. Just love the Dark to death! Love them to death! Love them to death!

JG Vibes said...

@anonymous poster

property crime is not a solution to our struggle, millitancy is the idea that we are trying to defeat...fighting fire with fire is not going to work

also i never suggested that the acts of vandalism on mayday were false flags

i pointed out that the bomb planted at the haymarket riots over 100 years ago was most likely a flase flag

i dont support or endorse any kind of militant or aggressive means of defeating the state...because when it all boils down to it statism is violence, that is the idea that we are trying to defeat...if we engage in violence, we giving life to statism

here are my thoughts on revolution

Anonymous said...

I must have missed it, but why exactly would the FBI and a 'terrorism' task force be investigating a case of vandalism???

Anonymous said...

After the first paragraph I became very unimpressed with the cause here. Someone please answer me. How can a person not be involved in something and still need to plead the fifth? UM, that's completely absurd. You can't have both. People who plead the fifth are usually doing something, otherwise you walk in and say "I don't know".

You guys smoke way too much weed.

Maybe you should all get your weed money together and get some lawyers hired for these idiots. They are obviously doing a total disservice representing themselves.

Anonymous said...

There should be a way to comment on these posts individually because some of you are funny bastards. Like the guy who wrote about Chappaquidick. I wished I was stoned when I read that I would have laughed my ass off even harder. You're a retard!

And the guy who lived in Russia supposedly. Guess what? The government isn't planning to put everyone into Gulags you dips**t. I grew up listening to my stoned out parents saying the same rhetoric in the late 60's and early 70's. That was over 40 years ago. Where's Big Brother? He's aweful damn slow I can tell you that much.

Keep up the good work my comrades. You put smiles on my face.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they just answer " I don't recall" and be done with it,being a stubborn idiot doesn't make you smart or honorable.

Anonymous said...

"Why don't they just answer " I don't recall" and be done with it,being a stubborn idiot doesn't make you smart or honorable."

You are partially right. "I don't recall" worked pretty good for Attorney Generals, (like Alberto Gonzales and Eric Holder)so why not for us?

But why call these people idiots? They are trying to stand on something that is almost totally absent in our world: Principles.

I salute these people who have risked more in the last weeks than most people will in their entire lifetimes.

And as to the "justice system" and those "officers of the court" - it is indeed unfortunate that the practice of tar & feathering has gone out of style.

cameowalkin said...

They're very brave, committed, young people. They demonstrate cheerful confidence in the face of fascist repression, and I think they're remarkable. Thanks for the article, JG Vibes.

@EyeOnTruth: I'm so sorry to hear about the ordeal you (& your friends) have gone through. You might want to visit the following links for ideas. Effective strategies to deal w/govt. corruption, especially if it involves police, the judges, or the judiciary dept., sounds like what you need. This man (Johnny Partain) went through an ordeal also, and he shares his story through these documents. (see comment #103)

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