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.
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.
"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.”
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.”
“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.