They protested against Pentagon exercises. They included bombings. This type activism is called domestic terrorism if done to influence government policy.
Patriot legislation's Section 806 lets authorities confiscate or freeze foreign and domestic assets. No hearing or notice is required.
Individuals, organizations, and other entities are vulnerable. Prosecutors can say they engaged in planning, supporting, concealing, or perpetrating any anti-American act of domestic or international terrorism.
Evidence isn't required. Guilt by accusation follows. Victims are some of America's best. They're targeted for their political beliefs. Putting their bodies on the line for justice harms them.
Wide-sweeping, vague legislative language perversely permits calling constitutionally protected acts terrorism.
Imagine being criminalized for doing the right thing. Occupy Wall Street activists were targeted straightaway. Dissent is called subversive.
Patriot Act provisions compromise due process, freedom of association, and protections from unreasonable searches and seizures.
They authorize unchecked surveillance powers. They're used to access personal records, monitor financial transactions, as well as student, medical and other documents.
Virtually anything goes replaced constitutional protections. No one's safe anywhere for doing the right thing.
America's on a slippery slope toward full-blown tyranny. Freedom hangs by a thread. Anyone challenging state power is vulnerable. Constitutional protections don't apply.
On December 24, Russia Today headlined "Terrorists and criminals: Documents prove FBI monitored OWS."
Federal surveillance was initiated weeks before demonstrations began.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) is a public service legal organization. It's "dedicated to the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, the protection of free speech and dissent, and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination."
PCJF issues involve constitutional law, civil rights, women's rights, economic justice matters, and Freedom of Information Act cases.
Its work includes "landmark constitutional rights litigation, often concentrated in the areas of free speech, assembly or other protected political organizing activity."