FBI agents and local police who are part of the controversial Joint Terrorism Task Force raided homes in Portland, Seattle and Olympia yesterday, using sealed warrants. No arrests were made but subpoenas were issued. One of the homes was reported to have been occupied by young political activists.
In an intimidating show of force, approximately 60-80 officers were involved in the raids, using flash grenades upon entry. Electronics and personal items were removed from the homes.
This occurs less than two weeks after the founders of Occupy Seattle were raided in a similarly dramatic manner.
(via Oregon Live)
Heavily armed FBI agents raided three Portland homes at daybreak Wednesday, serving search warrants for what FBI officials would only describe as an “ongoing violent crime investigation.”
One home raided by FBI agents had been vacant for years but showed signs of recent activity, and one had once been occupied by young political activists whose lease was not renewed, neighbors said.
A third home was long vacant before three people in their 20s moved in last fall.
Beth Anne Steele, a spokeswoman for the FBI, said agents served the search warrants at three North and Northeast Portland homes as part of an “ongoing violent crime” investigation.
No arrests were made.
“The warrants are sealed, and I anticipate they will remain sealed,” Steele said.
Some residents in the area of Northeast Alberta Street awakened to the sound of a helicopter circling overhead.
The home at Northeast 31st Avenue, a block from Alberta, is a two-story purple home with purple trim. It was raided around 6 a.m., FBI agents were still at the location as of 10:15 a.m.
Rosa Aguilar, who owns the home and rents it out, said she believed that agents were not looking for the current tenants but a group that moved out more than a year ago. Aguilar said she did not renew the group’s lease because she had received so many complaints about them.
Puanani Leal, who has lived in the neighborhood three years, described the former tenants as anarchists …..
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