Journalists Targeted by FBI in St. Paul

Twin Cities Daily Planet, News Report, Mary Turck Posted: Aug 31, 2008

Mike WhalenMike Whalen and reporters sit, handcuffed, in his backyard.
Photo by Mary Turck

ST. PAUL -- According to I-Witness reporter Eileen Clancy, an FBI agent came to Mike Whalen’s house on Iglehart Avenue on the morning of Aug. 30, looking for an individual who was not present at the time. In the afternoon, police broke into the house with guns drawn, detaining Whalen and the journalists for hours as dozens of reporters from all over the country stood outside, kept on the opposite side of the street by police orders. The six people inside the house—and one legal observer who came outside to try to talk to police—were handcuffed during the search of the house.

Legal observer Sarah Coffey answered reporters’ questions in front of the Iglehart residence, as police looked on.

Journalists inside the home included Clancy and Elizabeth Press, a news producer for Democracy Now. Journalists outside included Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now and a camera crew.

Kim, who lives next door, voiced her strong objections to the police proceedings, praising Mike Whalen as “a good neighbor, a very nice neighbor for ten years. He has never caused a problem.” She said anyone should be allowed to protest, though “I’m a Jehovah’s Witness so I don’t give a crap about Republicans or Democrats,” but said that anyone should be allowed to protest.

Eventually, she invited the crowd of journalists into her back yard, where they interviewed Mike Whalen and Eileen Clancy over the back fence, as police watched in obvious, mute discomfort.

“They look through materials and copy materials, but you are not arrested,” said Clancy. “If you sue later, the court thinks it wasn’t a big deal, because you were not held very long.

“They cannot raid a news office without a subpoena – but they did. This is journalists’ work product.”

Police eventually produced a subpoena, similar to the ones that have been used in all of the half-dozen raids during the past 18 hours.

“These are pre-emptive raids,” Clancy insisted. “Police are targeting people who are hear to protect free speech rights.”

Eventually, Amy Goodman and a camera crew climbed over the fence. Police tried to get them to leave, with no success. Police on the scene would make no comment, saying that a public relations officer would talk to reporters They were unable, however, to say who the public relations officer was, or where that person might be found.

In the end, the police released all of the people detained at the Iglehart address.

At the same time that the I-Witness reporters were being detained on Iglehart, police followed, stopped and detained two other I-Witness reporters and a friend as they biked down Marshall Avenue in St. Paul. They searched the trio’s belongings and detained them there until the raid at Iglehart ended.

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User Comments

Long View on Sep 05, 2008 at 05:05:37 said:

Oh, Ike was a childhood JW? Perhaps, but isn't it telling that if he was, he never mentioned a word of it to anyone during his political career?

And, BTW, as I recall, Michael Jackson was a practicing Jehovah's Witness during his adult life. I remember he used to go door-to-door proselytizing in Orlando area neighborhoods in the 1980s. Now there's a scary thought...

Long View on Sep 05, 2008 at 04:58:15 said:

And The Watchtower Society is a group of extremists who view education and learning as the work of the Devil. They have predicted the end of the world over 26 times since their founding and have, as we can all see, been wrong each time.

But being flat dead wrong as never been an obstacle to from believing that their illogical, mis-informed theology is not only right, but the only road to eternal salvation. They don't mention that according to them, only 144,000 souls will be saved on Judgment Day. (How God will pick those 144,000 from among the more than 2.3 million JWs remains a very interesting piece of speculation.) They remain firmly glued to the lunatic fringe of American religious experience. Beware!

Jerry Jones on Aug 31, 2008 at 16:43:41 said:

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Government of the United States is an active partner with Satan the Devil in his universal rebellion against GOD's own rightful sovereignty.

The WatchTower Society teaches that "Jehovah" established earth's rightful government, in heaven, in 1914, and that, in 1919, the WatchTower Society was "chosen" as the earthly representative of that heavenly government.

Right now, Jehovah's Witnesses are waiting anxiously for the Battle of Armageddon, during which Jesus Christ will destroy the Government of the United States, and all other governments, along with all other religious groups, and every person who failed to convert to the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Thereafter, a world government composed of Jehovah's Witnesses will rule the planet.

Further details can be read on the following webpage which is a detailed Bio of the early life of Allied Supreme Commander and United States President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who just so happened was reared as a Jehovah's Witness:




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