Virginia Drops Charges Against Tariq Khan

Virginia Drops Charges Against Tariq Khan
By Matthew Rothschild

November 14, 2005

Tariq Khan, the George Mason University student who was arrested while peacefully protesting against military recruitment on campus, is now in the clear.

As we reported previously in McCarthyism Watch, Khan’s case had created a stir on campus. The university, under pressure, ultimately decided to recommend that the DA drop charges, and that’s what happened on the morning of November 14.

“This arrest should never have occurred,” said Kent Willis, executive director of the ACLU, which represented Khan. “Mr. Khan stood quietly in a public place expressing his opposition to actions taken by our government. This is precisely the kind of expression the First Amendment was designed to protect.”