Sunday, September 9, 2007
Suppressing Dissent/The Questions of A.N.S.W.E.R.
CA Conrad recently posted news of an attempt by D.C. police to squelch a press event by A.N.S.W.E.R., an umbrella group active in war resistance. Now, I have to say at the outset that, at times, the strategy of activists to put themselves into situations where they can demonstrate the repressiveness of police sometimes seems...well, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Yet, it's also painfully clear that every act of dissent is subject to being silenced, and every dissenter subject to intimidation, under the Patriot Act as a security threat.