McCarthyism Watch

McCarthyism Watch is Progressive Editor Matthew Rothschild's running tally of civil liberties infringements. <a href="http://new.progressive.org/mag_mccarthy">"The New McCarthyism"</a> ran as the cover story of The Progressive in January 2002 and Rothschild's book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595581642?ie=UTF8&tag=theprogress0b-20... Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression</a> was published in 2007.

An Olympic Experience

An Olympic Experience
By Matthew Rothschild

March 27, 2002

On February 13, a musical group called Alma Melodioso had an Olympic experience. The California-based band, which plays Latin styles of music, was on its way from Monroe, Utah, to a gig in Park City. "Before we got to Provo, we had stopped at a convenience store," recalls drummer Bob Sanders. "While we were in the store, I asked the clerk if he knew about security checkpoints on the way to the Olympics because we were running late and were worried about traffic being backed up."

Student Teacher Canned for Teaching Islam

Student Teacher Canned for Teaching Islam
By Matthew Rothschild

March 23, 2002

Stephen K. Jones, 34, is a graduate student at the University of Maine at Orono, where he's getting his teaching degree. As part of his program, he was required to do a 12-week internship. The administrators placed him at Old Town High School and Middle School, though he never did get to the middle school.

Red Squad Hits Denver

Red Squad Hits Denver
By Matthew Rothschild

March 14, 2002

In Chicago and Los Angeles and other big cities in the 1960s, police departments had Red Squads that were notorious for spying on leftwing political activists. Some of these departments eventually had to pay thousands of dollars to the activists, who successfully sued on the grounds that their rights were violated.

Another Prize-Winning Journalist Fired

Another Prize-Winning Journalist Fired
By Matthew Rothschild

March 9, 2002

Since September 11, several journalists have been canned for expressing views that were critical of George W. Bush. One was Dan Guthrie of Oregon, who had previously received an award for being the best columnist in that state. A lot of good that did him. Now another prize-winning journalist has been given the heave-ho.

OfficeMax Rats Out Its Customers

OfficeMax Rats Out Its Customers
By Matthew Rothschild

March 13, 2002

Laura Hershey of Denver, Colorado, went to her local OfficeMax to do some copying on March 9, and she was astonished to see a "Notice to Our Customers" that read: "During this time of heightened security awareness, we will report suspicious or questionable requests for printing or document reproduction to law enforcement authorities." Hershey complained to the store manager and wrote a letter to OfficeMax headquarters in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Charge Dropped Against Cheney Protester

Charge Dropped Against Cheney Protester
By Matthew Rothschild

February 20, 2002

On February 8, Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting Evansville, Indiana, to campaign for Representative John Hostettler. One lone protester, John Blair, was walking on a public sidewalk and was carrying a sign that read: "Cheney: 19th Century Energy Man." For this, he was arrested.

Free Speech Rights for bin Laden supporter on Trial Feb. 21

Free Speech Rights for bin Laden supporter on Trial Feb. 21
By Matthew Rothschild

February 14, 2002

On October 4, William Harvey, 54, was in the financial district of New York City, trying to exercise his free speech rights. Granted, what he was expressing was not a popular view: He was defending Osama bin Laden.

Flags Are OK, Protest Signs Are Not

Flags Are OK, Protest Signs Are Not
By Matthew Rothschild

January 4, 2002

You've probably seen American flags or "United We Stand" signs adorning the nation's overpasses. When two organic farmers in California, Amy Courtney and Cassandra Brown, saw the flags over the Granite Creek Road overpass in Scotts Valley, they decided to put up a symbol of their own in late November. According to the publication Metro Santa Cruz, they "hung a homemade banner--reading 'At What Cost?!' and featuring a hand-drawn skeleton."

Suspicious Billboard

Suspicious Billboard
By Matthew Rothschild

January 4, 2002

The anti-corporate group Adbusters hoisted Corporate America flags in more than 200 cities around the world last summer. The flag, which features corporate logos where the stars are supposed to be, bears the slogan: "Declare Independence from Corporate Rule." One place Adbusters put up the sign was in Times Square, on the front of a theater art gallery called Chashama.

The New McCarthyism

The New McCarthyism
By Matthew Rothschild

January 2002

We've been here before. From the Alien and Sedition Acts to Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus and his imprisonment of anti-war editors, from the suppression of speech during World War I and the Palmer Raids to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the repression of the McCarthy days, the government has seized upon times of peril to scapegoat immigrants and to suppress liberties.

The New McCarthyism

Donna Huanca works as a docent at the Art Car Museum, an avant-garde gallery in Houston. Around 10:30 on the morning of November 7, before she opened the museum, two men wearing suits and carrying leather portfolios came to her door.

"I told them to wait until we opened at 11:00," she recalls. "Then they pulled their badges out."

Tenured Professor Canned

Tenured Professor Canned
By Matthew Rothschild

December 21, 2001

A tenured professor at the University of South Florida, Sami al-Arian, was fired this week. According to The Wall Street Journal, the associate professor of engineering "invited radical Muslim clerics from the Middle East to speak at U.S. conferences in the early 1990s and employed and sponsored a visa for a Palestinian scholar who later left to become the current head of a Palestinian terrorist group, Islamic Jihad. Mr. Al-Arian said his efforts were designed to encourage dialogue between Muslim intellectuals and American scholars and that he was unaware of any terrorist associations."

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