Aug 30, 2004
In a number of states, FBI agents have been questioning anti-war protesters as well as their friends and family members. One 21-year-old woman from Denver was visited by no fewer than six agents. In Missouri, agents followed three young activists for several days, then told the men they were "suspected of domestic terrorism." They were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. Of course, charges weren't filed – no evidence was produced. It was nothing but outright intimidation aimed at stopping people from expressing their opposition to the war.
People visited by the FBI said the message was clear: "Stop publicly protesting the war, or we'll continue to harass you."
It's not the first time for such vile tactics. It's what the government has done during every war, "hot" or "cold." Trying to be the cop of the world means the U.S. government starts the job right here at home.
Today's activists will discover what earlier generations did – they are being attacked because they express the anger felt by the majority of the population against the war. Their biggest protection from this bullying government will come from the same population itself.