Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Monday, Feb. 9, 2004


Taking Names

A federal judge has ruled that a university must turn over the names of students and others who attended an anti-war meeting.

It was a forum at Drake University in Des Moines, called "Stop the Occupation. Bring the Iowa Guard Home!"

It included "nonviolence training" for students who then attended a public rally the following day at Iowa National Guard headquarters.

The FBI won't say what crime is being investigated, but the Joint Terrorism Task Force seems to be involved. Four activists, including one who visited Iraq in 2002, have been ordered before a grand jury tomorrow. Drake University has been ordered to turn over all records, of any type, having to do with the anti-war forum.

The National Lawyers Guild was a forum sponsor. Its director calls the name hunt, "a clear First Amendment violation and a clear attempt to intimidate lawful expression."

We have descended to a horrible low point of personal freedoms, when the FBI goes after the names of people who expressed an opinion about the war, or anything else.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


Des Moines Register 2/6/04
Federal probe of November anti-war forum

Des Moines Register 2/7/04
Group fights anti-war inquiry

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