Saturday, February 07, 2004

Freedom of Association? 

I just read this article from AP via Yahoo! News.

I haven't done any more digging into it, but the article states that the "a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists." There was an anti-war protest at the Iowa National Guard headquarters in Johnson, IA last November. Subpoenas have now been issued to Drake University, seeking information relating to an anti-war forum, "Stop the Occupation! Bring the Iowa Guard Home!" held at the school the previous day, as well as to four of the activists who attended the forum. From the university, they are seeking:

"...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..." and 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." The subpoena also requests from the university " all records relating to the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a New York-based legal activist organization that sponsored the forum."

Freedom of speech? Freedom of assembly? John Ashcroft? Anyone with further information on this case, feel free to comment.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 3:13 PM