Someone wants him to “shut up” by Mike Whitney + video

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An Open Letter by Mike Whitney

Fuck censorship!

A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad. ~Albert Camus

My friend Tom Feeley is in Big trouble. He runs the web site [ICH] which updates “news you won’t find in the corporate media” every day. The site is strongly anti-war.

Tom has gotten his share of death threats over the years, but what happened this week is a lot more serious.

Two days ago, Tom’s wife found three well dressed men in their kitchen. The man who did all the talking, told Tom’s wife (I won’t give her name) that Tom must “Stop what he is doing on the Internet, NOW!” As crazy as it sounds, he pulled back his lapel and showed her a gun of some kind which she could not identify. Like I said, Tom has been threatened before, but nothing like this. Four years ago, he was in a parking lot at Long’s Drug store in Southern California and when he tried to open his door to get out, a man in a car next to him opened his door at precisely the same time which prevented Tom from getting out. Then, a 40-ish year old man got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and approached Tom saying, “You need to stop what you are doing on the web”.

Tom said the man was overweight and had his shirt untucked. Tom was taken aback, but (after collecting himself said) “What the fuck? Who do you think you are telling me what I can do?”

The man answered, “Tom, I’m just giving you some good advice. You should take my advice, Tom.”

This is all I know about the incident. Since, then, there have been occasional death threats, but nothing like what happened on Sunday. Tom’s wife is hysterical and has not returned to the house since the incident. She contacted the FBI but the FBI said there was nothing they could do. Tom and his wife separated recently after a 30 year marriage, so he is publishing from a different location.

The well-dressed man told Tom’s wife that he knew where her son lived, what line of work he was in, and how many children he had.

Last night, Tom’s son and a friend cruised the neighborhood where his mother lives to see if anything strange was going on. They came across two men in a car a half-block from their mother’s home using their laptops at roughly 12:30 AM. When Tom’s son and friend approached them, the car sped off. Tom, does not know whether this is connected to his situation, but it is definitely suspicious.

I talked to Tom this morning and he is getting by, but he’s clearly upset. I do not know his plans, but I know he is ditching his cell phone and (I assume) will have to go underground as much as possible. He plans to keep publishing.

I’ll tell you this about Tom Feeley; he is no bullshitter. He is the “real deal” and completely committed to exposing the mob that is presently running our country. He does not understand why, (as he says) “They are reaching down SO far to get someone who just runs [a] web site”. But, the truth is, they are. Someone wants him to “shut up” and they apparently have the muscle to do it. He knows he is in danger.

I will probably only hear from Tom infrequently from this point on. But I will update information as I get it. Tom, knows some of the best writers on the Internet—many of them speak out regularly and forcefully on issues of civil liberties and war. Anything they can do to draw attention to Tom’s situation will greatly improve his chances of getting through this ordeal safely. Beyond that, I have no idea of what can be done to help.—MW


Anti-War Website Operator Threatened By Armed Thugs


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15 thoughts on “Someone wants him to “shut up” by Mike Whitney + video

  1. roxanne, this is what got me to write my little post today.

    I’ve always been interested and active in politics (30 yrs+) but just started blogging 3 years ago. I was first inspired by a musician who posted political blogs on his myspace blog, then found ICH and continued to be inspired by what Tom chooses to post each day on his site.

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  3. Jezusss, Lo. I didn’t know this happened until right now. This is very critical information. Thank you for posting it.

    …And I didn’t know that you were inspired by ICH.

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  5. Natureboy, very good points. Thanks for the compliment, too. 🙂

    Tom and his website inspired me to start blogging news reports/stories a few years ago and as you and my regular readers know, I borrow a few stories from ICH (with its permission to repost) almost daily to post here, and read a lot more that I don’t post.

    Back to this story, everyone needs to know this, including our elected officials. A very serious crime has been committed.

  6. I’m actually surprised it hadn’t happened sooner. I got to the part in the video where Alex starts in with liberals and their ‘fear’ of guns, etc, and clicked pause, left it at that. There is no way to peace, Mr. Jones, Peace is the way. Arming to tha teeth didn’t do Ruby Ridge nor Waco much good against tha feds. Seems it’s the ultra rightist bunker-dwellers the feds oughta be truly worried about, not Tom!

    I was sad about the insight into Tom’s personal life, he’s given his life to this, likely at the expense of his marriage, who knows, but it’s a great thing he’s so stoically devoted himself to, a great learning for me I can attest (Tho I still check Dandelion Salad first!).

    We’re definitely being watched– hope those cointelpro goons learn something from all their reading at our taxpayer expense!

  7. epppie, thanks for putting a link on Buzzflash, most appreciated. 🙂

    Natureboy, I do trust the source (Mike Whitney) so do believe this is accurate info. I also agree that it must be out for all to see. It certainly is a crime when armed men break into your house and threat you or your family members! This is the kind of stuff we read about in other countries, thugs attempting to shut up local newspapers, etc. With all the domestic spying going on in our country, this doesn’t surprise me, but it does outrage me.

  8. This is immensly disturbing.

    If this story is indeed fact, then it is imperative that it be brought out and aired. Information Clearinghouse has been perhaps the most important and responsible source for alternative news, as well as visionary ideas (the quotes preceeding each daily report are amazing).

    I’ve often taken heart that while they’re not going after Tom (or Keitho), then freedom of speach in the USA is safe.

    I hope this is rumor and that Tom is not being threatened, but we know better, and have all certainly admired his courage.

    Chomsky has apparently received death threats for decades.

    This nation loves its wars more than life itself, and will devote every last molecule to seeing that they prevail unfettered.

    Thanks for posting this. Please keep us updated.


  9. hmm… mr.smith has come to town.

    hopefully Tom and his son have the resources to make these clowns ‘scarce’, so to speak. if anyone, they should talk to their county sheriff. he should still have authority over the feds, if they haven’t stripped that out already through DHS escalation. Tom doesn’t host any substantial amount of exclusive content on his site, that isn’t published elsewhere on the net, to warrant any kind of action like this from other than fairy-on-a-string, sycophantic poseurs for the Bush Crime Family that are acting out their own self-fulfilling 24 prophecy. pffttt, the guy that runs cryptome is more of a threat, and the gang of thieves can’t touch him.

  10. I read Informationclearinghouse daily. I find some great writing there. It’s one of the most informative sites and some of the articles I’ve found there have scared the beejeebees out of me but because of who the authors are, I beleive what they say. I can’t believe what this country is coming to. I’ve voted all my life but have only become really politically aware and a complete news junkie in the past eight years. For obvious reasons. I thought this group of thugs couldn’t shock me any longer but this nonsense is going too far, Bush did make the statement while running for election that it would be easier if this were a dictatorship and he was the dictator. I think this group believes too much in the fiction of 24. They’ve totally lost it. They can’t tell reality from a made up world any longer and no one has tried to make them either. I sure hope Tom Feeley and his family remain in good health.I’ll be looking for updates and will continue to read the website daily for my dose of truth.

  11. This is insane. I hope Tom and his family aren’t injured in all of this. I checked out the site and it is pretty well done — I’ll read it for weeks to come. Thanks for the link (and story).

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