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Within the last two weeks, three Portland, OR activists and two Olympia, WA were jailed at the Sea-Tac Federal Detention Center for refusing to testify before a grand jury convened in Seattle. The purpose of the grand jury was never clear - there had been some indication that federal officials were investigating a vandalism incident where two windows of the federal courthouse were broken in Seattle during a may day protest (for which four people were already tried and sentenced), however, there was evidence that a grand jury was convened before May to broadly investigate the animal rights movement. A newly released affidavit confirms that the Seattle may day protest was an incident of focus, and also releases unsettling information that the FBI was already focusing on these individuals, monitoring their travel patterns that day, and tapping their cell phone texts.
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