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Feds Win Rights to War Protestors Records

Federal Judge orders university who hand over info about who attended an anti-war forum
Feds Win Right to War Protesters' Records
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BY RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press Writer

DES MOINES, Iowa - In what may be the first subpoena of its kind since the Communist-hunting days of the 1950s, 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.


Federal prosecutors refuse to comment on the subpoenas, served by a local sheriff's deputy who works on the FBI (news - web sites) Joint Terrorism Task Force.


In addition to records about who attended the forum, the subpoena orders the university to divulge all records relating to the local chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild, a New York-based legal activist organization that sponsored the forum.


The group, once targeted for alleged ties to communism in the 1950s, announced Friday it will ask a federal court to quash the subpoena on Monday.


"The law is clear that the use of the grand jury to investigate protected political activities or to intimidate protesters exceeds its authority," guild President Michael Ayers said in a statement.


Representatives of the Lawyer's Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union (news - web sites) said they had not heard of such a subpoena being served on any U.S. university in decades.


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 (news - web sites) 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."


The forum, titled "Stop the Occupation! Bring the Iowa Guard Home!" came the day before 12 protesters were arrested at an anti-war rally at Iowa National Guard headquarters in Johnston. Organizers say the forum included nonviolence training for people planning to demonstrate.


The targets of the subpoenas believe investigators are trying to link them to an incident that occurred during the rally. A Grinnell College librarian was charged with misdemeanor assault on a peace officer; she has pleaded innocent, saying she simply went limp and resisted arrest.


"The best approach is not to speculate and see what we learn on Tuesday" when the four testify, said Ben Stone, executive director of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, which is representing one of the protesters. Supporters plan to demonstrate outside the courthouse.


Mark Smith, a lobbyist for the Washington-based American Association of University Professors, said he had not heard of any similar case of a U.S. university being subpoenaed for such records.


He said the case brings back fears of the "red squads" of the 1950s and campus clampdowns on Vietnam War protesters.


According to a copy obtained by The Associated Press, the Drake subpoena asks for records of the request for a meeting room, "all documents indicating the purpose and intended participants in the meeting, and all documents or recordings which would identify persons that actually attended the meeting."


It also asks for campus security records "reflecting any observations made of the Nov. 15, 2003, meeting, including any records of persons in charge or control of the meeting, and any records of attendees of the meeting."





Several officials of Drake, a private university with about 5,000 students, refused to comment. A source with knowledge of the investigation said a judge had issued a gag order forbidding them from discussing the subpoena.
What will it take to stop this problem? 07.Feb.2004 12:38

Ready for war

Blood in the streets!

U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft... 07.Feb.2004 12:47

this thing here

"As the Dear Lord is my witness, and Justifies me and everything I say and believe...

America faces a severe security threat. Not from without, but from within. It is a menace the likes of which we have never faced before. It is a godless menace. It is a violent menace. It is a deceitful, dangerous, impure menace. It is a perverted and awful menace.

Yes, the terrible menace of Americans protesting against a war, and for peace.

Never has there been a more dispicable and dangerous band of felons in America than those who organize peace protests. Many ask, how could they? I wish I knew.

Not only are these perverted felons dangerous, but the entire idea of peace itself is dangerous. As dangerous, if not more, than the scourge of communism. Peace is bad. Peace is against the American Way. In fact, peace is blasphemous to the Chrisitian religion. Peace couldn't be a more dangerous thing.

And it is for these reasons that I, along with the Department of Justice, will soon propose legislation which labels all peace activists on American soil as terrorists. We cannot turn away from this growing threat."

Bring it on troll! 07.Feb.2004 13:50

Ready for war

Any time your ready!

I'm ready for the Great Revolution when it starts 07.Feb.2004 15:20

Merlin

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it has also been noted that due to evolutionary lag, their assholes have not kept up with the overall en-
largement of the body.

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Friends, let's remember what Jay-suzz said about "fighting evil wherever it's found" and realize that
in America we've got evil abounding and it's everywhere...in high places and in low places, and it's
in our doing our fair share to fight it...wherever it's found...that we'll overcome and defeat it. Jay-suzz
be praised!

Now is the time for those Avenging Angels of the Almighty...the AAA-crowd...to step forth from the veil
and make their presence known. Warriors for the Lord are being called forth! Jay-suzz be praised!

about this crazed religiloonie John Ashcroft 07.Feb.2004 17:37

did you know

that he used CRISCO to annoint himself when he won his Senate seat? I read this in Al Franken's book:
LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM that is currently on the top 10 of the New York Times best
selling books. I've also heard this same thing on a number of radio programs as well. Must be the truth!

Wonder if it was the liquid CRISCO or the white lardish CRISCO? Bet he looked funny with his head snow
white with CRISCO lard hairdoo? Wonder if this helped him get a better "message" from God? Oh heck,
why didn't I figure it out? Surely it helped him when he was in one of his "talking-in-tongues" fits...that's it,
that's why he did it? My! My! Talk about fucking nutcases? This poor guy is a fucking loo-loo and a half!