Sunday, February 08, 2004

I guess this link has been floating around quite a bit, but I didn't catch it till just now on Tom Tomorrow's site-

Feds Win Right to War Protesters' Records

"DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in decades, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists.

In addition to the subpoena of Drake University, subpoenas were served this past week on four of the activists who attended a Nov. 15 forum at the school, ordering them to appear before a grand jury Tuesday, the protesters said.

Those served subpoenas include the leader of the Catholic Peace Ministry, the former coordinator of the Iowa Peace Network, a member of the Catholic Worker House, and an anti-war activist who visited Iraq in 2002.

They say the subpoenas are intended to stifle dissent.

``This is exactly what people feared would happen,'' said Brian Terrell of the peace ministry, one of those subpoenaed. ``The civil liberties of everyone in this country are in danger. How we handle that here in Iowa is very important on how things are going to happen in this country from now on.' ''

I recommend reading the rest of the article. It's important we all realize what's happening in this country, and what's happening to our Constitutional rights. If George W. Bush stays in office another 4 years we risk this country becoming a place were everyone who disagrees with the party line of the administration will have their patriotism questioned, and their records subpoenaed.

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