Breaking News: Leah Lynn Plante sentenced to prison after refusing to testify before grand jury

By Will Potter, October 10, 2012.  Source: Green is the New Red

Note: Leah Lynn Plante was sentenced to prison yesterday afternoon after refusing to answer questions to a grand jury in Seattle.  The following article was posted yesterday before Leah went to court.  This witch-hunt style grand jury is unacceptable.  Leah and her comrades are tremendously brave for standing up to state repression  of anarchists by refusing to cooperate.

You can support Leah by sending her letters to:

Leah-Lynne Plante
#42611-086
FDC SeaTac
PO Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

And check out her web journal from prison at freeleah.org

-The GJEP Team

“Today is October 10th, 2012, and I am ready to go to prison”

Photo: Green is the New Red

Today Leah Plante will again appear before a federal grand jury in Seattle, Washington, for the third time, and refuse to testify about her political beliefs and political associations. It is likely that she will be imprisoned for her principled stance against what she calls a witch hunt against local anarchists.

The grand jury is investigating anarchists in the Northwest, following FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force raids in search of “anarchist literature.” Two other anarchists, Matthew Kyle Duran and Katherine Olejnik,have already been imprisoned for refusing to cooperate.

Plante wrote a powerful statement to her friends and supporters in preparation for today’s hearing. Here is an excerpt:

On the morning of July 25th, 2012, my life was turned upside down in a matter of hours. FBI agents from around Washington and Oregon and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents from Washington busted down the front door of my house with a battering ram, handcuffed my house mates and me at gunpoint, and held us hostage in our backyard while they read us a search warrant and ransacked our home. They said it was in connection to May Day vandalism that occurred in Seattle, Washington earlier this year.

However, we suspected that this was not really about broken windows. As if they had taken pointers from Orwell’s 1984, they took books, artwork and other various literature as “evidence” as well as many other personal belongings even though they seemed to know that nobody there was even in Seattle on May Day. While we know that knowledge is powerful, we suspected that nobody used rolled up copies of the Stumptown Wobbly to commit property damage. We saw this for what it was. They are trying to investigate anarchists and persecute them for their beliefs. This is a fishing expedition. This is a witch hunt. Since then, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we have learned that this Grand jury was convened on March 2nd, 2012, two months before the May Day vandalism even took place…

I do not look forward to what inevitably awaits me today, but I accept it. I ask that people continue to support us throughout this process by writing us letters, sending us books, donating and spreading awareness.I cannot express in words how grateful I am to all those who have shown us support and solidarity, especially our friends, partners and loved ones. We will all get through this together. I know I am a broken record with the following sentiment, but I feel like it’s worth repeating. They want us to feel isolated, alone and scared. I know that even though Kteeo has been held in what is essentially solitary confinement, she does not feel alone. I know that Matt does not feel alone. I know that I will not feel alone. When they try to mercilessly gut communities, we do not scatter, we grow stronger, we thrive. I view this State repression like this: The State thinks it is a black hole that can destroy whatever it wants. In reality, it is much more like a stellar nursery, wherein it unintentionally creates new, strong anarchist stars.

My convictions are unwavering and will not be shaken by their harassment. Today is October 10th, 2012 and I am ready to go to prison.

You can watch Leah’s statement here:

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  4. Reblogged this on MottledThrush and commented:
    So silence is now a prisonable offense? !!!

    • mantion

      UMMM yah always has been. If you were rapped and I was called as a witness I would have to testify to what I saw. I can lie or tell the truth, but i have to answer the questions. Unless there was a chance it could incriminate myself but clearly this doesn’t apply here.

      Let me ask you if you were rapped and saw it and called the cops and ambulance for you. If you called me as a witness and i saw the rapist should I be allowed to say nothing? Should I be allowed to stay silent? No of course not, if you are a witness you have to answer the questions, if you lie its perjury. Its the foundation of our entire legal system.

      • mantionlearntospell

        Learn to spell… you look like an idiot. Go to school and get an education and spend less time on boards where you make an ass of yourself.

      • Matt

        What the hell is being rapped anyway? Refusing to answer questions concerning your political beliefs and affiliations is NOT refusing to be a witness. You can’t be prosecuted for your political beliefs; it’s against the very foundation of our entire constitution.

      • I kind of agree. If she has nothing to hide just talk and get it over with and then DEAL WITH THE WITCH HUNT when you are FREE ?!

      • erbro

        Lol @ the word police. Appears to me like a retreat because you guys can’t use reason to refute manton’s correct assertion about the law. Granted the rape metaphor was reaching a little. Seems like all this could be solved if these anarchists just answer their stupid questions. Don’t like it? Move to Somalia and see what anarchy is really like.

      • It’s the fifth amendment, you hammerhead. As in “pleading the fifth”. As in OJ Simpson not taking the stand at his murderer trial. Learn the law, then learn to spell, then come on back and tell us what’s what.

      • Fifth amendment. Only under formal indictment, which she is not, she is only under testimony. She is not formally under felony charge, she is a witness. So under the fifth amendment she is protected from forced testimony. OJ Simpson was not forced to testify at his own murderer trial on this very principle. Is that enough logic for you, Erbo? How about you, mantion?

      • I’m sure you two have heard the term “pleading the fifth?” Where do you think that comes from? The constitutional right to remain silent. The police state counts on useful idiots like you two to pull this stuff off–tossing people in prison for exercising their constitutional rights.

      • Ed

        Most anarchists,veiw the powers that be (government/ state) as corrupt, to an extent of harm. Real anarchists do not beilieve that mindless destrustion, or causing people to suffer is good, they simply would preffer a form of self rule. I am no expert, but you should look it up for yourself Mantion. ,”It is no measure of health to be well ajusted to suach a profoundly sick society” ~krishnamurti

  5. mantion

    Does anyone know how I can support the Judge who locked her up? is there any chance they will throw away the key?

    • I'm Watching All This

      mantion, Your 1:03am post had some tint of reasoning, although I should have listened to my instincts about your poor spelling and grammar (which can indicate a poor learning foundation and lack of attention to detail). Your 12:59am post proved it- you’re a punk with no social compassion. A cult-of-personality, authoritarian-idolizing punk. Throw away the key for not even breaking windows?

        • Clearly you folks do not understand the power and the intention of the state here. This is not just a few innocent questions, this is trying to fish out new names of people to go after for what–petty vandalism which the state will trump up into some kind of political statement that demands years in jail? Which is more important here, the Fifth Amendment and the Right to Remain Silent or giving up your friends? Leah did the right thing. The only option she had if she didn’t want to be a rat. Kudos. FYI Anarchy is not chaos. It is the ultimate form of organization–organization without hierarchy.

    • shannon

      Mantion, you’re an idiot… its people like you that make our country look horrible! The judge needs to lock you up and throw away the key for having ignorant beliefs and no education! You want to know how and why i would support the judge if he did that to you?

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  7. mantion is an idiot

    It is unreasonable to compare this case to a case of rape (learn how to spell, Mantion, you look like an idiot when you misspell) This is a case of political imprisonment, locked up for ideas and beliefs, not a case of criminal imprisonment.

  8. maggie

    “Anarchy is a way of seeing society, not a type of society….Many make the mistake of thinking something has to change in order for anarchy to emerge, that anarchy means a land without government. This fallacy traps people within the statist paradigm. A government is no more than the most powerful aggressive organization in a territory. Anywhere aggression exists, there is ‘government’, whether it’s Al Qaeda, the mafia, or a modern constitutional democratic republic. Government will never be eradicated because aggression will never be eradicated….We’re already living in anarchy. Nothing has to change, we’re already there, we’re already free. We just have to decide what we’re going to do with our freedom.”–Michael fielding

  9. wheres the love?

    i would like to obtain a copy of or a link to stumptown wobbly ? as referenced in leah’s letter, but a google search only elicits reviews of coffee roasters and more links to the letter. anyone?
    also, thanks global justice ecology project for bringing the focus back to the matter at hand. lets not let one idiot control what should be constructive conversation about how this girl has totally taken one for the team. we should be filling this space with love for leah, not hate for a troll who obviously doesn’t get it.

  10. was redirected here from http://mottledthrush.wordpress.com/ had to come to click the like button….brave girl.

  11. stacia

    How can she say something when the girl wasn’t even in Seattle on May Day. Let her go!!

  12. Mark

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
    George Orwell

  13. John Wilkinson

    Per your Miranda rights you do have the right to remain silent. Of course, in today’s age who knows – they can just make up any revision they want.

  14. mike huett

    Isn’t this just McCarthyism again ? She is imprisoned for standing up for constitutional rights.

  15. Some Old Guy

    And I thought we had the right to remain silent. First they came for the trade unionists but I wasn’t a trade unionist……..or an anarchist.
    That looked just like the military to me, not police or S.W.A.T. of any kind. Glad I born long enough ago to know the difference.

    Young people, I am ashamed of the country I’ve left you. – some old guy.

    • John Wilkinson

      And for those who don’t know the full quote:

      “First they came for the communists,
      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

      Then they came for the socialists,
      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

      Then they came for the trade unionists,
      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

      Then they came for me,
      and there was no one left to speak for me.”

      -Martin-Niemöller

  16. chaoskitten92

    What exactly did these kids supposedly witness that they’re being required to testify about? They’re suspects? Despite being accounted for during the time the crimes took place?
    The courts can’t just decide that information that they don’t have yet is needed in their case. The term witch hunt is very apt, how far will they push their power? We’re citizens of the US, that does not make us an endless series of government listening devices who can be compelled to divulge information just because the government said so. It’s our government, we are not their slaves.

  17. John Wilkinson

    Look up “Vets disappearing”. You’ll see NDAA hard at work.

  18. fuq

    This kind of bs is what causes senseless anti-government terrorism!

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  20. MICHAEL

    does anyone know miranda? YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. ANYTHING YOU SAY WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY, IF CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY ONE WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE.

    • Karl

      Tyrants do not recognize the rights of those they persecute and attempt to silence. Secret grand juries are tyrannical by their secret nature. As we are seeing, secret juries are the pinnacle of political corruption and the destruction of the American constitution that the tyrants spit upon.

      It used to be illegal to detain ANYONE without being charged with a crime, and a public trial. Now we are seeing the corrupt operate as a lawless mob as is the case with the secret grand jury thugs.

  21. Free speech has been declared to include money spent by corporations … but not silence by little girls

  22. shannon

    This is not a crime.. you have the right to remain silent….it is their beliefs! This isn’t rape or any other horrible crime, she has not broke a law she actually took her right to remain silent… this is enrages me! People who molest children can walk the streets but people who want to keep their personal beliefs to themselves get locked up? This proves that we have no rights, that our justice system is nothing more than shit!!! I don’t care if i have nothing to hide, if i choose to keep my beliefs to myself no one should be able to lock me up for it. If you think this is right then you need to be locked up for your ignorance!

  23. Karl

    There is a reason that this grand jury is secret;
    It allows corruption to flourish without public accountability,
    It allows a police state to flourish,
    It allows the imprisonment of innocents without any semblance of a trial or charges,
    It allows for the corrupt to silence political free speech,
    It allows for the state to imprison ANYONE without charge.
    It allows for the state to persecute and imprison ANYONE for their political beliefs.

    Secret juries are the most useful tool for a tyrannical and corrupt administration to intimidate, terrorize, and detain, without charges, the citizens under the secret dictatorship.

  24. JeniSmalls

    Some of y’all gots quite the opinion. When Im sure half of you have never even been in trouble. She has a right we all do i agree with katie. Ed your just a moron.

  25. 40 anti-terrorists riot clad cops break down your door, handcuff you, hold you at gun point and they take some black clothes, some anarchist literature and a computer.. No warrant for your arrest, but you end up in prison for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury.

    These brave activists are holding the emergence of a police state at bay, the least we can do is support them. Here is a post with their mail addresses and book wish lists

    http://funologist.org/2012/10/16/who-is-leah-lynn-plante-and-why-is-she-so-important/

  26. Beth R

    This story is ridiculous. Yes you have a right to remain silent, in-exchange for being detained for refusing to cooperate with law enforcement. People aren’t detained for refusing to testify about their personal philosophies and beliefs, only for refusing to testify about evidentiary details (I.e. what things did you do, see, or hear). Innocent people don’t get their houses searched for black clothing and paint-guns. None of the stories out about why this girl is so innocent bother to explain how/why the search warrant is so unjust, or what the primary case is even ABOUT. Sorry, I may have been born at night but it wasn’t LAST night!

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