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Journalists Targeted by FBI in St. Paul
by NAM (reposted)
Monday Sep 1st, 2008 8:16 AM
Originally From New America Media

Monday, September 1, 2008 : ST. PAUL -- According to I-Witness reporter Eileen Clancy, an FBI agent came to Mike Whalens 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 houseand one legal observer who came outside to try to talk to policewere 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 Im a Jehovahs Witness so I dont 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.

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