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News: Peace
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.
Feds Win Right to War Protesters' Records

BY RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press Writer

February 7, 2004

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 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 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 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.

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Drake University: http://www.drake.edu/

National Lawyers Guild: http://www.nlg.org/


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Commentary: Peace
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 6, 2004 5:42 PM

CONTACT:  National Lawyers Guild
Michael Avery, President, 617-573-8551
Heidi Boghosian, Exec. Dir., 212-679-5100, ext. 11; 917-239-4999

National Lawyers Guild Target of FBI Subpoena

Legal/Activist Group Will Not Divulge Membership Information

NEW YORK - February 6 - The National Lawyers Guild will move to quash an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force subpoena issued on Wednesday, February 4, 2004. The subpoena asks Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, to produce all records relating to a November 15, 2003 antiwar conference at Drake University called "Stop the Occupation! Bring the Iowa Guard Home!" The conference was sponsored by the Drake Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and was followed the next day by a demonstration at the Iowa National Guard Headquarters in Johnston, at which 12 protestors were arrested on misdemeanor charges.


The subpoena asks Drake University for all records relating to the November 15 conference, as well as information about leaders of the Drake University chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the location of Guild offices and any annual reports since 2002. In addition, it asks for "all records of Drake University campus security reflecting any observations made of the November 15, 2003 meeting, including any records of persons in charge or control of the meeting, and any records of attendees of the meeting."


Guild President Michael Avery said, "The law is clear that the use of the grand jury to investigate protected political activities or to intimidate protestors exceeds its authority. The government has no business investigating legal conferences held in academic institutions."


On February 5, the federal investigation expanded as prosecutors subpoenaed a fourth activist to appear before a grand jury. Earlier subpoenas were directed to the former director of the Iowa Peace Network and members of the Catholic Peace Ministries. That same day, at the request of the U.S. attorney's office in Des Moines, U.S. District Judge Ronald Longstaff issued an order under seal that sources say prohibit Drake University employees from commenting on the earlier subpoena demanding university records.


"The subpoena has nothing to do with national security and everything to do with intimidating lawful protestors and suppressing First Amendment freedom of expression and association," said Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director of the Guild. "In the 1950s our members suffered harm from disclosure of their associational relationship with the Guild. The Guild is in the business of fighting illegal government activity and we will fight to protect our membership information. We will also work to support and defend the rights of the other activists targeted by these subpoenas."


The National Lawyers Guild, founded in 1937, comprises over 6,000 members and activists in the service of the people. Its national office is headquartered in New York and it has chapters in nearly every state, as well as over 100 law school chapters. Guild members provide legal support to progressive demonstrations throughout the country, and well understand the nationwide trend toward increasingly repressive measures deployed against political protesters.


Commentary: Peace
Thanks, Chuck0 for bringing this to our attention.
See also 'the other press' links on this site to DesMoines register articles about this:
http://kcindymedia.org/otherpress/index.php


Commentary: Peace
and I will be making a phone call to voice my concerns on Monday.

Here are the phone contact specifics:

Please call the US Attorney's office in Des Moines on Monday (the Grand Jury appearance is on Tuesday). The phone number is 515-284-6257. PLEASE CALL and tell them that you have heard about this case, and that you are concerned about the apparent violation of freedom of speech and right to peaceably assemble that this legal action is apparently targeting. If it can happen in Iowa, it can happen anywhere.


Commentary: Peace
There will be a non-violent protest on Tuesday (10th) at the Federal Court House @ noon to show support for those who have been issued subpoenas.


Commentary: Peace
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