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Darryl W. Perry: The Antiwar Movement is a Victim of the War on Terror

Darryl W. Perry is a writer whose articles are published in several publications, including the monthly newspaper The Sovereign.  He is a co-host on a radio show on Liberty Radio Network. He is the owner and managing editor of Free Press Publications ( Perry is a co-founder and co-chairman of the New Hampshire Liberty Party, a party created in September 2012 to promote secession of the state from the federal government and individual liberty. From 2010 to July 2012, he served as the chairman of a small libertarian political party, the Boston Tea Party. He has announced that he is running for president in 2016 seeking the Libertarian Party nomination (


On May 21, announced that Founder and Managing Editor Eric Garris, along with Editorial Director Justin Raimondo, filed a lawsuit against the FBI in federal court demanding the release of FBI records related to the organization. The news of this lawsuit came barely one week after it was revealed that the Department of Justice has secretly obtained phone records from the Associated Press.

Kelley B. Vlahos reports for, “The lawsuit is particularly timely, considering recent scandals in which the Department of Justice secretly seized months of journalists’ phone records at the Associated Press, and did the same and more to a FOX News reporter, while the IRS is acknowledging it singled out conservative groups that criticize the government for extra scrutiny.” The lawsuit alleges that the FBI began monitoring’s activity in 2004, roughly a year after the invasion of Iraq.

According to the suit, the ACLU has made several futile attempts to obtain the FBI files since a reader alerted Garris and Raimondo to a lengthy FBI memo in 2011. The suit also alleges that it is clear that the FBI has files on both Garris and Raimondo. Vlahos also reports, the FBI agent writing the heavily redacted 94-page “memo on recommends further monitoring of the website in the form of opening a ‘preliminary investigation …to determine if [redaction] are engaging in, or have engaged in, activities which constitute a threat to national security.’”

In a May 23 interview, Director of Operations Angela Keaton said that the investigation likely began after posted a link to a terrorist-watch list in April 2004. She also stated that “people in the antiwar movement have been under investigation since World War 1, this is nothing new.” However, what happened with is different in that it has been an ongoing investigation over at least a 9 year period. Julia Harumi Mass, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which is representing in the case said, “FBI surveillance of news organizations interferes with journalists’ ability to do their jobs as watchdogs that hold the government accountable.”

The lawsuit states, “In October 2011, one of’s major donors withdrew his financial support from out of concern that the FBI would monitor him if he continued to provide, as he wished to do, financial support to Since then, three significant donors have also withdrawn financial support, citing their fear that FBI interest in would lead to surveillance of the donors as a reason for withdrawing financial support. As a result, has lost about $75,000 per year since 2011 in otherwise expected contributions.” Mass says, “This illustrates the troubling, continuing efforts of the federal government to monitor protected speech activity without evidence or even allegation of criminal activity.”

Despite fears by at least three (former) donors to, it is unclear, at this time, if the FBI is keeping tabs on any or all of’s donors, though that information may come out in the trial. Mass concludes, “The government cannot keep records about people’s exercise of free speech unless it is related to a criminal investigation.”

Despite Mass’s objection that the “government cannot keep records about people’s exercise of free speech,” it is clear that governments do monitor activists who dare speak out against the violent and unjust actions perpetrated by The State.

In Peace, Freedom, Love & Liberty,
Darryl W. Perry


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Krzysztof Lesiak

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  1. Steve Scheetz Steve Scheetz May 27, 2013

    Darryl, that is so right on! Jim Bovard wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal citing that this has happened quite frequently throughout the past 60 years, and a large number of times before that.

    The truth is simply this. The politicians, the political parties, and the more powerful bureaucrats have taken it upon themselves to make life miserable for those who are vocally opposed to their corruption and their corrupt plans.

    This is no different than in those cases. The tea party activists have been rather loud regarding this, and yes, it is wrong what has been happening to them and their organizations, but they have been strangely silent regarding to the plight of others in the same circumstances.

    Being a Libertarian, I have worked with Democrats, Republicans, Greens, and many others to act and speak out against injustice. It is sad and very disconcerting when many of those who I stood shoulder to shoulder with on a variety of issues do not return the favor when it is not politically convenient for them to do so…..

    Angela Keaton rocks, and it is really horrifying when I learn that she is not only being targeted, but her donors are being targeted as well for supporting an effort to raise awareness regarding immoral, UnConstitutional atrocities being committed in our names.


    Steve Scheetz

  2. Richard Winger Richard Winger May 27, 2013

    Thanks to Darryl and IPR for this good blog post.

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