Also known as the Ohio Seven, UFF was a US group in the 1970s and ’80s which targeted banks and State facilities with bombings and robberies. In 1984-5, all members of the group were captured and and sent down. Most are now released, but Jaan Laaman and Tom Manning are still in jail. Laaman has been locked up in Federal prisons since 1986 and Ray Luc Levasseur, one of Jaan’s co-defendants who was released in 2004, explains the background:
In 1986 Jaan me and four others were convicted of conspiracy and bombings. These were the United Freedom Front bombings which targeted corporate and government property (i.e. no injuries). Following our sentences in April we (along with six others) were indicted in May, 1986 (District of Massachusetts) for seditious conspiracy and RICO. It was a very long case and just before the trial itself charges against Jaan were dismissed. I [Ray] went to trial and was found not guilty of seditious conspiracy. The jury deadlocked in favor of acquittal on the two RICO charges, a mistrial was declared and the RICO charges dismissed.”
Three decades running and Jaan still resists. Laaman remains involved with the movement, builds alliances, authors articles and calls to action, and edits 4StruggleMag, a publication dedicated to liberating political prisoners in North America. The Bureau of Prisons continues to punish Jaan in retaliation for his use of his First Amendment right: freedom of expression.