at least 5 people have publicly stated that they have received subpeonas to a Eugene grand jury. Are there more?
1. Activist Jonathan Paul Served with a Grand Jury Subpoena
Yesterday, my husband, Jonathan Paul was served a Grand Jury subpoena to appear on March 16th in Eugene. The FBI appeared at our home in the mountains above Ashland, OR early yesterday afternoon. They were illegally trespassing and trying to look into windows. When I confronted them, they said they were the FBI and wanted to talk to Jonathan. Jonathan was not at home and I told them to leave. They intimidated and harassed and tried to give me Jonathan's subpoena, which I refused. They told me I had to cooperate and I told them to get off my property. I got one of the agent's cards and his name is Gary D. Lorin, out of Bend, OR. The other agent's first name was Paul. Paul had been to our home in Williams five years earlier along with ATF, BLM and Oregon State Police to harass us.
A couple of hours later, they tracked down Jonathan on highway 238 about 50 miles from here. He was in a van returning from work with several other individuals. He saw a BLM law enforcement vehicle followed by the Jeep SUV carrying the same two FBI agents approaching from the opposite direction. The BLM vehicle made a u-turn and turned on his overhead lights and promptly went off the road into a ditch and remained there while the FBI vehicle turned and followed the vehicle Jonathan was riding in. Many miles later, the van had to stop to drop off a couple of the occupants and the FBI opened the door of the van and asked Jonathan if he was "JP". Jonathan replied "who's asking". Agent Lorin flashed his badge and served the subpoena. He started to ask Jonathan a question and Jonathan put his hand up and said "no questions, you know the drill". Jonathan then told the other agent to tell the BLM cop to watch out for ditches, they can be very dangerous.
Jonathan was subpoenaed to another Grand Jury in Spokane in the early 90's. He appeared, refused to testify and spent 6 months in jail. He is not unfamiliar with the process and is prepared to fight the system again.
Two Portland activists, Frank Winbigler and Shannon (Nonny) Urick, were today served with papers ordering them to be a witness for a federal Grand Jury, and were also advised that they are both a target of the Grand Jury's investigation. Nonny and Frank both have a long history of human, animal and environmental activism. The Grand Jury is scheduled for 3/16/05 in Eugene, Oregon.
4. Suzanna Savioe
Before dawn, this morning, two FBI agents from the Eugene office and several state police officers came to Southern Oregon to subpoena Suzanne Savoie, to appear before a federal grand jury on February 16, 2005 in Eugene.
Savoie believes she was under surveillance for a couple days prior to the visit. Agents claimed they were going to visit people all over the country today, trying to intimidate and scare people into talking. They are claiming that Savoie took part in three arsons that took place years ago, the Jefferson Poplar farm on the OR coast, the Superior Lumber Company in Glendale, OR, and Romania car dealership in Eugene.
They told Savoie that if she didn't start giving them information she would take the fall for all the men they said were involved. They said women usually take the fall for men and that she shouldn't let that happen. They showed Savoie four named photos of men who they said were the "bombmakers" and that they wanted her to give information about them. The FBI also used the usual tactics of threatening 60 years in jail to intimidate Savoie.
Most recently Savoie has been doing local community organizing in the Applegate Valley, fighting to stop the Bald Lick timber sale and a long term campaign to preserve Black Mountain on the Siskiyou Crest.
Usually a private person, Savoie nonetheless believes that this is a time for people who have been targeted to tell their stories.
I personally believe that it is important for all who know those targeted to offer the utmost support for them at this time.
5. Another subpoena in Washington
author: Credible Witness
A former activist living in Seattle, Washington has been given a grand jury subpoena as part of the ongoing FBI environmentalist witch hunt.
The former activist who recieved the subpoena does not wish to be named and we are respecting his wishes. He will stand in solidarity with the others arrested and railroaded by the grand jury. The information is being posted to Indymedia only to show the breadth of the investigation.
For more news on this grand jury please visit www.fbiwitchhunt.com - A new anti-Eugene-Grand-Jury site will be launched within the next few weeks. Please stay tuned.