The church in question is First Congregational Church in Memphis. The peace activists are the Mid-South Peace & Justice center.
Here’s a link to the local newspaper’s article on the incident:
And here’s a link to a blog post by the MSPJC media guy.
And here’s what I know. As mentioned I used to attend that church, occasionally volunteer there, and live in the neighborhood. The MSPJC rents office space from the church. I am friends with several persons in both organizations. On Tuesday they were having an indoor meeting – NOT a protest – as they frequently do, to which a good number of local community activisists were invited. The federal agents refused to tell Brad or, to my knowledge, ANYONE just what the “threat” was, but they did surround the church with cop cars. Given the purpose of the meeting – filling out Freedom of Information requests to learn if the FBI or Memphis Police is keeping surveillance on the activists – I have difficulty seeing this action as anything but an attempt at intimidation.