"You're going nowhere. There is no way that you are getting into this country.” And he added: “Deportation is the least of your problems.”
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.
“I was surprised and relieved,” says Jonas Phillips, who calls himself a highway blogger. “I was expecting a fine because we had several motions to dismiss denied.”
23,000 Businesspeople Get Threat Info from FBI Before Public. In Turn, They Supply Tips to FBI. Two Members of Private Sector Group Say They Have “Shoot to Kill” Permission in Emergency. These are the astonishing findings in Rothschild's cover story of the March 2008 issue of The Progressive.
“Who are you people? If you’re going to attack me blindsided,” Mark asks, “why can’t you stand up and tell me face to face? And if that flag means so much to you, then you don’t really have a clue what this country is supposed to be about.”
"The whole thing was just a huge disappointment in the Obama campaign," says one veteran anti-nuclear activist. "They’re presenting themselves as a new approach to politics, but what they did to us shows it’s just business as usual. They treated us as the Bush campaign would have.”
“I felt like a dog. I was told to sit there on the bridge, and we did, and then just for the hell of it, they smacked us on the nose.”
“I have never seen a police response this brutal,” says Thea Lee, the federation’s political director, who is also a plaintiff.
“From the beginning, this has been a persecution, not a prosecution,” says the wife of the professor who got embroiled in the case of artist Steven Kurtz.
St. Thomas University just reversed itself. After disinviting Archbishop Desmond Tutu earlier this year over suggestions that the Nobel Peace Prize-winner’s appearance might be hurtful to the Jewish community, Father Dennis Dease, head of St. Thomas, has changed his mind.
The president of St. Thomas University said the appearance by the Nobel Peace Prize-winner might be “hurtful” to the Jewish community. And the president removed the head of the Justice and Peace Studies program, who had objected to the pulling of Tutu’s invitation.
“Then they took me inside into a small little office, with a sign on it that said ‘police,’ and they questioned me about what I was doing there and why I was taking pictures.
They photocopied both my student ID and my driver’s license. Then the male officer asked whether I was a U.S. citizen.”
Kevin Egler initially was charged with illegal advertising after he placed an “Impeach Bush” sign at an intersection in Kent, Ohio. The city dropped that charged but then threatened him with a littering charge.
“There was a woman with a CBS badge on who kept going back to the CBS trailer. And she told us, ‘If those things get on the air, I’m going to lose my job.’ ”
“These were the first words out of his mouth: ‘Put down the sign. Put your hands behind your back. You’re under arrest.’
“I asked him why was I being arrested.
“He said, ‘I’m sick of this shit, you’re going to get your 15 minutes of fame, now, buddy.’ ”
At their July 4 protest in Charleston in 2004, the Ranks were arrested for wearing shirts that had Bush’s name with a line through it. They sued the White House Office of Advance, and the government has forked over $80,000 to make the case go away.