Nov 19, 2001
Charles Condon, the Attorney General of South Carolina, accused five South Carolina longshoremen of “terrorism” after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Condon had previously had the men arrested and charged with felony counts as the result of a clash in January of 2000.
Because of a clash between 150 picketing longshoremen and 600 armed police, five union activists were kept under house arrest for months after their working hours.
In the last two weeks the state of South Carolina gave way to widespread protests in this country and abroad and dropped the charges to a misdemeanor to which they pled no contest and paid a $100 fine.
But Condon’s wild charges about terrorism show exactly the direction the government is going as it passes laws against “terrorism.” They are laws against the population.