Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer will appear before the grand jury that is investigating anarchists today and says that they will not cooperate with the investigation. In a previously released statement Maddy said, “despite the urgings of lawyers, agents and judges, I only have one option: non-cooperation. Any other option is unthinkable.” Maddy’s statement is below.
Thousands of people called the US Attorney’s office yesterday demanding that the grand jury investigation be terminated. There will also be a rally in solidarity with Maddy on the steps of the federal courthouse in Seattle this morning.
Pfeiffer is the third person in Olympia to receive a subpoena to testify before this grand jury. The investigation is allegedly about actions that took place on May 1 in Seattle but court documents were briefly unsealed revealing that the FBI was already surveilling anarchists in Portland, Oregon previous to May 1.
Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik, both from Olympia, were also subpoenaed and have subsequently been imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with the grand jury investigation. They are still currently in custody.
Pfeiffer’s statement appears below:
On October 25th, the day before my 23rd birthday, two FBI agents wearing ill-fitting khakis and too much gel in their hair, served me a subpoena for 9am on November 7th. I knew my fate right away: 18 months in SeaTac Federal Detention Center. Matt, Kteeo and Leah have all been imprisoned for their refusal and I will be the next. Despite the urgings of lawyers, agents and judges, I only have one option: non-cooperation. Any other option is unthinkable.
I am being asked to testify before a Grand Jury on November 7th and will likely be detained on that date for refusing to cooperate. The vultures of the state will try to imprison my comrades and me until we give in. We will never give in.
From so many different perspectives, for so many reasons, snitching is never an option. I will never betray the people I care about, the ideas which I hold dear, or the commitments I have made. I will never give any information about crimes, should I have any knowledge of them, nor will I give information about my personal relationships. I will never cooperate with this or any attempt to stop struggle. I will never cooperate with the systems of control which I loathe. If the federal government chooses to imprison me for my refusal, then so be it. I expect no less from them.
The official reason the state gives for imprisoning those who refuse to cooperate is to coerce testimony. If they know anything about me or my friends, they know that this will never work. Some have said that this Grand Jury is about trying to repress people’s political opinions and free speech. No doubt this is true. My subpoena states that I am being asked to testify about events that took place on May 1st. The state is trying to use broken windows as a reason to ruin people’s lives. This is absurd, and I will oppose it to the fullest. This life-ruining system which they call “justice” is organized to defend property and capitalism. This system is against everything I believe in.
My imminent imprisonment is an attempt to disrupt struggle against domination in all its forms. What the vultures cannot understand is that attempts to repress this struggle will only embolden it, whether we are inside the walls of the Federal Detention Center or in the streets. The growing list of solidarity actions, from St. Louis to France, demonstrate an inspiring continuity in this regard.
In silence, we roar!
Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer