FBI searches six Minneapolis homes in terrorist probe [UPDATE]

The FBI played knock-knock this morning in Minneapolis.
The FBI played knock-knock this morning in Minneapolis.

Update: Video from the raid after the jump.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force raided six Minneapolis homes this morning, executing search warrants related to an investigation into the material support of terrorism.

FBI spokesman Steve Warfield declined to give any details on the raids, saying only that they accompanied two simultaneous searches in the Chicago area. No arrests were made today, he said.

Steff Yorek, whose house was one of those searched, said she was still half-asleep at 7 a.m. when eight FBI agents came to her South Minneapolis home brandishing battering rams.

"I opened the door with my six-year-old daughter," she said. "She's still very upset."

Yorek said the searches constitute harassment of people involved in anti-war and international solidarity work. She and some of the other people whose homes were searched are associated with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

"I think this is about our opposition to U.S.-funded war and death squads in Columbia and our solidarity with Palestine," she said.

But Yorek said she hasn't done anything wrong. "We have done absolutely nothing that could be considered material support of terrorism," she said. "This is just harassment."

Here's UpTake video of FBI agents taking boxes away from activist Mick Kelly's apartment, where they reportedly kicked in doors and came in with guns drawn. Kelly and Jessica Sundin, another target of raid, helped organize the massive protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

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