What the FBI did here is a more insidious thing than I had thought. I was outraged that a) they raided their houses b) that political beliefs make people into suspected criminals on no probable cause and c) that they were forced to testify against their will in a grand jury trial
But I’ve given it some thought and there’s much more to it than that in terms of injustice. They’re in prison now. Which means that they’re in effect politically neutralized from engaging in further anarchist activities. Regardless of whether they had gone against their ethics and testified in the grand jury, or kept silent as they did, it’s a win-win for the FBI. Either they give in, or they’re shut away
Lawyers’ fees are incredibly expensive and they’re probably going to go broke trying to appeal the case. I’m sure Leah L P didn’t make the kind of money at the Red and the Black to pay exorbitant lawyer’s charges, and if they can’t pay, the defendents will become a financial burden on their friends and family.
Once they get out of prison, they will be discriminated against for jobs, housing, student loans, and generally stigmatized by society. Read The New Jim Crow (I know none of the people in this case are black, but it’s still relevant in terms of the US justice system) for more specifics on these policies. In effect, it’s going to make their lives so much more difficult than they would have been
And let me reiterate: they committed no crimes what so ever. None. The only thing they did was refuse forced testimony, which is unconstitutional anyway.
So so so so so fucked up
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