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CHICAGO (AP) - FBI agents in Chicago took a laptop and documents from the home of a Palestinian-American anti-war activist in an attempt to silence his advocacy, an attorney said Sunday.

The FBI on Friday searched eight addresses in Minneapolis and Chicago, including the home of Hatem Abudayyeh, who is the executive director of the Arab American Action Network, attorney Jim Fennerty told The Associated Press.

"The government's trying to quiet activists," Fennerty said. "This case is really scary."

More than half a dozen agents went to Abudayyeh's home on Friday and took any documents containing the word "Palestine," Fennerty said.

Abudayyeh, a U.S. citizen whose parent immigrated from Palestine, wasn't home at the time of the raid because he was at a hospital with his mother who is battling liver cancer, Fennerty said.

A message left for an FBI spokesman in Chicago wasn't immediately returned Sunday. The FBI has declined to give details on the searches, saying the agency was investigating criminal activity not protected by the First Amendment.

Warrants suggested agents were looking for links between anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia and the Middle East.

Fennerty said Abudayyeh has done nothing wrong and doesn't have any ties to terrorist groups, including Hamas, the Islamic militant group that seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007. His name was also spelled "Hatam" on FBI documents.

"Hatem wouldn't even touch Hamas," Fennerty told AP. "Hatem is a secular guy, he's not interested in Hamas."

Crushing of dissent! Oh, wait-this is Obama's FBI. Never mind!
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