Home

Search
select medium:

search for:

Advanced Search

Participate

login
set preferences and edit your own posts

announce events
add to the radicalendar

info library
how to use this site
contact info
mailing lists
meetings
mission statement
supporting the imc


Media Centers
www.indymedia.org

africa
ambazonia
nigeria
south africa

canada
alberta
hamilton
maritimes
montreal
ontario
ottawa
quebec
thunder bay
vancouver
victoria
windsor

europe
athens
austria
barcelona
belgium
bristol
cyprus
euskal herria
finland
germany
ireland
italy
madrid
netherlands
nice
norway
poland
portugal
prague
russia
sweden
switzerland
thessaloniki
united kingdom

latin america
argentina
bolivia
brasil
chiapas
chile
colombia
ecuador
mexico
peru
qollasuyu
rosario
tijuana
uruguay

pacific
adelaide
aotearoa
brisbane
jakarta
melbourne
sydney

south asia
india
mumbai

united states
arizona
atlanta
austin
baltimore
boston
buffalo
central florida
chicago
danbury, ct
dc
eugene
hawaii
houston
idaho
ithaca
la
madison
maine
michigan
milwaukee
minneapolis/st. paul
new jersey
new mexico
north carolina
ny capital
nyc
philadelphia
pittsburgh
portland
richmond
rochester
rocky mountain
san diego
san francisco bay area
santa cruz, ca
seattle
st louis
tallahassee-red hills
urbana-champaign
utah
vermont
western mass

west asia
israel
palestine

[process]
discussion
fbi/legal updates
indymedia faq
mailing lists
process & imc docs
tech
volunteer

[projects]
climate
print
radio
satellite tv
video

This site made manifest by dadaIMC software
Kansas City IMC    Help us take back the media! Next kcindymedia meeting: Wednesday February 11, 7 PM @ Planet Sub, 4936 Main
home | features | newswire | media gallery | the otherpress | picturebooks | calendar | links | info |
link to the other press | post an article | upload media |
Add a new Article | Comment on this article | Email this Article | Printable version |
 
News: Civil & Human Rights
Letter from Sen. Harkin to John Ashroft.
Harkin Calls on Ashcroft to Address

Civil Liberties Concerns in Drake Case



WASHINTON, D.C.—In a letter to United States Attorney General John Ashcroft today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) called for strict scrutiny in an Iowa case involving an anti-war demonstration in Des Moines last November. In the wake of extraordinary measures taken by federal law enforcement officials, Harkin called on the Attorney General to ensure that an abundance of caution be taken in order to protect the free speech rights of US citizens. The letter to the Attorney General follows.



“I am writing to express my deep concern about the extraordinary steps being taken by Federal law enforcement officials in an ongoing Iowa case. The case, as I am sure you are aware, involves individuals who attended a November anti-war protest at Camp Dodge’s Iowa National Guard Headquarters in Johnston, as well as a related conference at Drake University in Des Moines on the previous day,” Harkin wrote.



“The media has reported that an officer identified as representing the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force subpoenaed four Iowa peace activists and the Drake University chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. The Des Moines Register has also reported that a broad demand for documents from Drake University has been made and that the U.S. Attorney’s office successfully requested a gag order to silence University personnel from discussing that demand or any of the incidents in question.



“Prosecutors should be particularly vigilant about using extraordinary steps in cases when such a treasured American value as free speech is at stake. I hope that the steps taken in this case are an effort to protect citizens and security, not to silence legitimate voices calling for peace. When law-enforcement measures are disproportionate to the activities they target, or when they appear to target activities that are legitimate expressions of dissent, then those law-enforcement measures have a chilling effect. They stifle liberty instead of protecting it.



“Mr. Attorney General, our country has experienced dark episodes in which the government has wrongly curtailed citizens’ civil liberties in the name of fighting enemies. I call on you to give the Iowa case your personal attention to help ensure that we do not see another such episode in Iowa or anywhere in America.



“Thank you for your attention to this issue, and I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest opportunity.”


Add a quick comment

Your name
Your email Validate email (Strongly encouraged)
Title

Comment

Text Format
To add more detailed comments, or to upload files, see the full comment form.