The federal grand jury in California is to review evidence collected by the FBI against online activists Anonymous.
According to Business Week, the jury will examine all evidence collected by the FBI on Thursday.
The evidence includes computers and mobile phones seized from suspected leaders of the Anonymous group, collected as part of an investigation into a series of coordinated distributed denial of service (DDoS) launched against companies that cut their ties with whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks, such as Visa, Mastercard and Amazon.
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a lawyer with the National Lawyers Guild, told Business Week: “The FBI is breaking down people’s doors with guns drawn. A group of people are engaged in a modern day electronic sit-in, and the FBI wants to treat that like it’s terrorist activity.”
However, an FBI spokesperson has claimed that drawing guns before a raid was protocol and that the guns were used to secure the situation.