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Durham anti-war activist got FBI visit amid raids

Posted September 27, 2010

— FBI agents visited a North Carolina anti-war activist at his home in Durham last week around the same time authorities were searching eight locations in Minneapolis and Chicago.

Kosta Harlan said Monday that the agents tried to question him for about 10 minutes Friday about an ongoing terrorism investigation. Harlan says he refused to answer questions without speaking with an attorney.

Warrants from last week’s raids in Chicago and Minneapolis suggested agents were looking for links between anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia and the Middle East.

"They said they had a lot of information about me and that they wanted to question me for an ongoing terrorism investigation," Harlan said Monday. "I told them I had nothing to say to them without a lawyer, but they continued to try and question me."

The 26-year-old has been involved in anti-war and social justice protests for years. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the visit but declined to discuss details.

Anti-war activists protest FBI questioning Anti-war activists protest FBI questioning

"The effect of what could come out of these FBI raids is a silencing of the anti-war movement," Harlan said. "We are not going to be silent. We are not going to be intimidated."

He declined to discuss what questions the agents asked.

FBI agents also drove by his home and parked across the street after the Friday meeting, Harlan said, and they also tried to talk to another activist after he met with that unidentified person.

"Having federal agents show up out of the blue one morning wanting to talk about a terrorism investigation is a very stressful event for me and my family," he said, noting he has been caring for a sick family member for more than a year.

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  • girlwonders Sep 28, 2010

    An American citizen has the right to protest peacefully when they do not agree with the policy our government has set. This stinks of government oppression. You can love the United States of America and still disagree with our government policy. I love the United States, served 3 years in the Corps, and still do not agree with our policies. Does that mean I should leave? Come on, herd mentality creates sheep. You can disagree and protest and still love America.

  • josep4567 Sep 28, 2010

    Innocent people need alawyer more than guilty!

  • deton8tor Sep 28, 2010

    love the name..what exactly are you planning on blowing up..
    soyousay

    Not much any more. I have been known to make peoples tempers explode though.

  • soyousay Sep 28, 2010

    de If it were me I would talk with them at least enough to determine what they are looking for. You can stop talking at any time you wish and he could find that he can assist them with their investigation

    love the name..what exactly are you planning on blowing up..

  • soyousay Sep 28, 2010

    ken..god for the patriot act...bottom line is if you dont like it so much leave...

    pretty much it is the constitution that makes this a better place to live, in case you missed that class...not some half- baked reactionary legislation with a catchy name

    oh and by the way its the constitution that allows you to tote all the weaponry too

  • deton8tor Sep 28, 2010

    If it were me I would talk with them at least enough to determine what they are looking for. You can stop talking at any time you wish and he could find that he can assist them with their investigation. It could be that they are not directly interested in him but someone else who may actually be giving aid to real terrorist. At any rate you won't know unless you talk to them.

  • kan2 Sep 27, 2010

    personally, I would feel safer if the FBI would investigate people who are trying to start wars, not people who are trying to stop them

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Sep 27, 2010

    He made his bed, now he can lie in it...he wants to run around with the big dogs...protesting and living the anti-war activist life..and carrying the moniker....

    But god forbid things get a little uncomfortable in carrying out this higher calling...don't feel sorry one bit for him.

  • Caveman93 Sep 27, 2010

    Ben Franklin = Brilliant

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 27, 2010

    To the left and MSM, the tea party folks are obstrutionists, so I guess they should be watched. Even Janet N. says our honorable service men returning from the Middle East might need to be watched.

    Depends on who you think is questioning what is considered a terrorist.

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