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Court report from Day 7 of trial
Below is the court report for yesterday (Monday). The majority of the day was taken up by Zachary Jenson's testimony, followed by Randy Meyer of the IFG, and then the prosecution rested. Mark began the defense's case with character witnesses. Today (Tuesday) was the last day of arguments and the jury will begin deliberating tomorrow morning, after they receive their instructions. We'll post the report from today soon.
Please keep calling the jail, as Eric is still not receiving vegan meals! He did receive commissary again this week. Visit http://www.supporteric.org for more info on calling the jail.
Come get your dance on at the Harvest Hoedown!
Its a square dance and cake walk extravaganza-
all to benefit Siren Nation, the upcoming women's music and film festival. Starring veteran lady caller Caroline Oakley and The Round Peak Girls providing live music in their very first public appearance since forming. This show is all-ages and family-friendly (in both the kid and queer kind of way).
Friday September 28, 8-11 pm
@ Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy
$5 entrance + extra for cake walk tickets.
Come celebrate the coming of autumn and harvest time with an old-time, boot-stompin good time at our old-fashioned square dance with a twist.
*appropriate attire encouraged*
LAST NIGHT AT THE RED and BLACK!
(untill they find a new space!)
WEDNESDAY SEPT 26TH 6 PM 2138 SE Division
Bring $ Donations to benefit the Red and Black and their pursuit to find a new place!
This show is also an awareness-raising event in support of the September 29th day of unity against racism and fascism. The neo-Nazi 'Hammerskin Nation' group plans to celebrate its twentieth anniversary in the greater Portland area, this October 5-7. Musicians, educators and activists are dedicating the weekend before the hate gathering to generate positive community responses.
Events on Saturday, September 29:
comment: A community gathering and rally in response to the "Hammerfest" will take place Saturday, October 6 from 1PM onwards. The gathering will be held in Lents Park, on the corner of SE 92nd and Holgate. Further details plus speakers for the event will be announced soon. Full Press Release]
At least 8 police cars, and about 15 officers that I could see just raided the Watershed in SE Portland. They did not come inside, at least not while I was there, but instead got all hyped up on whatever synthetic testosterone-roids they are handing out down at the PPB these days and stormed the parking lot out back.
I watched an assault rifle (COCKED AND AIMED), several shotguns, and at least one of the sickeningly familiar, red-barreled, rifle-looking, so-called "less lethal" weapons get pulled out and pointed around indiscriminantly. WTF?
I had been at the watershed all evening, and I can tell you that it's a scary weird world when people who are peacefully minding their own business, working in wood shops, practicing meditation, and creating works of art have to be exposed to this kind of assault weaponry for no fucking damn reason. I'm PIIIISSSED.
FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU to each and every fucked up pig who was out there tonite
Day 4: September 17
Testimony of FBI Special Agent Krause
The day began with testimony from FBI Special Agent (SA) Richard Krause. He testified on his background, his training and the search of the Cabin that Eric, Zach, Lauren and "Anna" occupied. SA Krause said that he has been in the FBI 4 Â½ years and is currently posted in Houston. In January of 2006 he was posted in Sacramento and participated in the search of the Dutch Flat Cabin on January 14. He stated that he learned how to properly execute a search warrant from a class at the FBI academy and that he had participated in roughly a dozen prior searches. He testified that the cabin was secured by a highway patrol office monitoring it on video from the time the trio were arrested on January 13 and the time of the search on January 14. He described the protocol for executing a search warrant and explained the role of the custodian of evidence. SA Krause was the custodian of evidence in this search and he stated that his job was to look at evidence in the location in which it was discovered in order to be able to testify about it later. United States Attorney (USA) Ellen Endrezzi presented SA Krause with a variety of photographs labeled government exhibits 35A-35BB. These photos were of various items found in the cabin. The items included mason jars, bleach, car battery, spray paint, sugar, Vaseline, shotgun shells, laptop, chemistry set, sifter, salt substitute, nimbus fish hatchery brochure, an article about Ryan Lewis, IDs and Zines. SA Krause indicated that over 100 photos had been taken but that not all evidence was photographed. On his cross examination SA Krause indicated that many of the photographs shown in court were not of photographs of objects in the locations in which they were found. Different items were grouped together and photographed by the FBI agents conducting the search.
Note: Eric's court date on Wednsday was cancelled (see here.) Trial resumes on Monday.
San Diego, Calif.-After more than two full days of deliberation, a 12-person jury informed Judge Jeffrey Miller they were hopelessly deadlocked and determined that further deliberation would not deliver unanimity. Outside the courtroom, attorneys were informed that the majority was voting for acquittal of the environmental and animal rights activist on trial for a speech he gave in San Diego in 2003. In order to convict under the obscure statute, (18 USC § 842 (p)(2)(A)), which makes it a crime to demonstrate how to build a destructive device with the intent that it be used in furtherance of a crime of violence), the jury would have had to determine on three criteria: that his speech was instructive, that he had intent to incite those present to violent action, and that the incitement was to imminent action. Otherwise, such speech is protected under the First Amendment. A status conference was scheduled for September 28 in the same court to determine whether the case will continue. Rod Coronado is headed home to Tucson, Arizona with his wife to reunite with his children and return to his job.
Two large peace marches and rallies are planned in the next two months. The Portland Legal Defense Network needs volunteers to assist them as they support the activists who hit the streets to voice their opposition to the war/occupation in Iraq, the potential war on Iran, and the war on the working people of America.
The Portland Legal Defense Network needs volunteers and donations to provide comprehensive support to the activists during the September 29 demo. If you are interested in learning how to provide legal support or simply want to help for this event, the following things would be helpful:
People to hand out fliers at the event
People to support our "office"
People to greet arrestees when they are released from jail
People to drive arrestees home
People who are interested in becoming legal observers
People to find/bring food donations to PLDN members/volunteers and arrestees
Street medics/first aid/WFRs
If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Activists have scuttled a Norwegian whaling ship in harbour in memory of the recently extinct Yangtze river dolphin . The group call themselves Agenda 21 after a failed pledge from the Rio Earth Summit for a sustainable 21st century. Norway has slaughtered 592 Minke whales in the past year.
Norway, Oslo. "If it turns out that this is sabotage then it's not just a terrorist attack against the Willassen Senior but against the whole of Norway," local mayor Hugo Bjoernstad told the online version of Lofotposten, a north Norway daily.
Greenpeace volunteers in Romania quarantined a whole island where GM soya crops are being grown, which is illegal under EU law. Vehicles leaving Braila island were hosed down by people wearing white biohazard suits to prevent genetic contamination spreading to the mainland. Even a donkey and cart were washed and made GM-free!
Greenpeace, 5 September 2007
Things are moving faster in the struggle to free the Mazahua indigenous rights leader Magdalena García Duran, recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience, and all the political prisoners arrested in San Salvador Atenco in central Mexico on May 3 and 4, 2006.
A little after dawn on September 11, about ten runners took off from the Molina de Flores prison in a marathon to win the freedom of the Mazahua prisoner Magdalena García Durán and the political prisoners arrested on May 3 and 4, 2006 in San Salvador Allende, mainly belonging to the People's Front for the Defense of the Land (FPDT) and the Other Campaign.
Their destination? The Supreme Court of Injustice building in Mexico City, about 30 miles away.
14 September 2007, Manila, Philippines. - A crowd of more than 300 workers, farmers, fishers, and environmentalists from the Magkaisa Junk JPEPA Coalition (MJJC) today called on the Senators of the 14th Congress to look beyond the rosy projections and government hype surrounding the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), and to carefully assess its short-term and long-term implications. The group's call came on the day of the first scheduled Senate hearing for this historic, precedent-setting treaty.
Presenting a tableau depicting a group of peasants and a Japanese sumo wrestler engaged in a game of tug-of-war, the Coalition warned that approving the JPEPA would be tantamount to unilateral disarmament, as it surrenders the right of the Filipino people to protect itself in the future, and gives up so much for so little. One of the issues being contested by the group is the possibility that the JPEPA will pave the way for land ownership by foreigners.
In the '70s, traditional Lakota people opposed the leasing and selling off of reservation lands for mining operations. While the Elders of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation cried out for help to protect the Lakota's sacred ground and traditional way of life, which was in jeopardy, the US government supported and funded the tribal government, headed by Richard Wilson who favoured uranium mining. It was clear that violence would be applied against any opposition; the FBI was supporting the tribal police with weapons and training.
Today religious leaders from every corner of Oregon wrote to Governor Ted Kulongoski, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. Senator Gordon Smith asking that both the federal and state government do more to address the growing number of homeless students in Oregon seeking an education. A report issued this month by the state Department of Education documented that Oregon schools served over 15,000 homeless students at the same time that the federal government cut funding to support this population group by 10%.
"No child should be homeless in a nation as rich as ours." - Oregon Religious Leaders
The video is all over the internet. Yesterday (9/17/07) a University of Florida student was physically removed from a microphone at a forum held on campus by Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee. He was surrounded by cops and physically dragged to the back of the room where he was handcuffed and tasered.
50 ICE agents with uniforms and luggage checked in early this morning at Embassy Suites Hotel in Lynnwood (16 miles north of Seattle). They came with 1 bus and 3 vans.
Kelly Stewart, Sheriff Dep't. undercover cop still on stand. Prosecutor Parmley brings up that there is new evidenceÂ—this is the audio that the defense uncovered, of the *question* in question, and subsequent answer. (Background: it is an audio recording whose existence was apparently heretofore unknown. Likely a small recorder in someone's pocket.)
Prosecution gets Stewart to establish that the government did (and she participated in) investigations and questioning of people, including Grand Juries and search warrants to locate additional recordings, but this recording had not come to light (or sound). It is poor quality, but comprehensible. The government made a transcript. Once established that the tape exists, it is played in court.
The words: "Can you really explain to us, how to, at some point, how to assemble an incendiary device?" And then Rod's rather long answer discussing two kinds of such devices, and the demonstration using the apple juice jug. (Partial: incendiary devices are devices that do not explode, but consist of a timer, 2 wires....(much more) when 2 wires connect, it completes electrical circuit...filament...windproof matches, can of fuel, etc. He says "More popular today, however", and then discusses jug method using the Martinelli's half gallon jug from the potluck that evening and a cassette tape as props and discusses using lamp oil, sponge, stick incense.)
Monday was was the first day of Eric's trial. The morning was taken up by jury selection and then a break for lunch. After lunch we heard both sides' opening statements and the first prosecution witness.
After lunch the US Attorney Steve Lapham began his opening arguments, which he describes as a preview of the government's case. The US Attorney (USA) began his preview with the words "this case is about an ecoterror plot to use fire and explosives to attack targets in Northern California". He said that Eric was the leader of this conspiracy and that he recruited the three, pumped them up and provide "philosophical indoctrination".
After being sworn in and identifying Eric McDavid as "an anarchist I met while working undercover for the FBI", she told her story of how she came to be an "employee" of the Bureau. She said she was a 17 year old sophomore at a junior college in Florida who wanted to impress her political science professor with an extra credit project. She heard in the news about the FTAA protests in Miami and decided to infiltrate it for her project.
UPDATE, DAY THREE: The day started with Mark's (Eric's lawyer) cross examination of Anna, the Cooperating Witness in the case. This lasted all morning, and continued on after lunch. After Anna's testimony, the government called FBI Agent Matt St. Amant, a member of the CHP and the JTTF who participated in the arrest. After a quick testimony from St. Amant, the government called Ricardo Torres, an FBI agent from Philadelphia who was also Anna's handler. Mark finished his cross of Agent Torres and we adjourned for the day.
damn the man comments: this trial is truly of utmost importance right now. we have all always known that there are police informants and FBI agents running around at the protests and sitting in on meetings, but here is the FBI paying a person to attempt to create terrorist threats so that the federal government can pose for "victories" in the "war on terrorism."
recent stories: Court Report from 9/12 | She crossed the line in conspiracy, attorney says of undercover FBI plant (sacbee repost) | Eric McDavid - Court Report from 9/11 | Student's path to FBI Informant (sacbee repost) | Eric McDavid - Trial Report from 9/10/07 | Sacramento: First Week of Trial for Eric McDavid
past stories: Three more ELF arrests in Sacramento: Support Information (1/15/06) | FBI affadavit on Sacramento arrests outlines deep infilatration of radical movements (1/18/06) | Information on the Confidential Source in the Auburn Arrests (1/26/06) | all stories
see also: supporteric.org
West Linn Peace Protest!
Hwy 43 & McKillican Intersection
For the last two days there have been peace protesters in West Linn, 5pm, at the intersection of Hwy 43 & McKillican. This is the first time I've ever seen a peace protest in this town! Yesterday there were two grandparent types holding signs. Today there were 6! Sadly, a couple teenage boys decided to make pro Bush & pro War signs and frightened off the Grandparent types. Don't let it happen again tomorrow! Show these suburban peace activists that you support them! Be at the intersection of Hwy 43 & McKillican at 5pm tomorrow!
If you have friends or family or you are yourself in the US Air Force or other branches of the military it would be recommnded that instead of "Standing Down" on these days of strange orders and questionable actions that you "Stand Up and Stand Out" by reporting to the public of any unusual or disturbing orders or occurances. It is our Constitutional Democratic Republic that maybe in danger of being lost to anti democratic forces now possing as in the name of democracy. Contact any independant media with such information.
The past few weeks various unusual events have occured that should raise questions by both civilian and military personnel in regards to national security. Questions regarding the five or six mounted nuclear missiles on a B-52H bomber that "mistakenly" flew across the US should be a big clue that something is not normal.
Two of the seven soldiers who wrote the New York Times op-ed piece criticizing U.S. counterinsurgency strategy 3 1/2 weeks ago have been killed in Iraq. Yance T. Gray and Omar Mora died Monday in a vehicle accident in Baghdad. Their families have been notified.
While Congressman Brian Baird was in Iraq, 7 sergeants with the 82nd Airborne wrote an op-ed that was published in the New York Times. It was a direct contradiction of what the turncoat representative had to say on his return. When active duty military personnel speak out against the war/occupation, they risk some serious punishment. When a Congressman lies, its normal. Who are you going to believe, boots on the ground or a politician?
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