Ken Kogler wrote: >> Herr Commandant Ashcroft > > This made me laugh. Hard. :) > >> That man needs to be stopped somehow. >> Revolution is starting to look >> more and more attractive. > > Seriously. Lest we forget, the voters of Missouri looked at the ballot > and saw this: > > [ ] John Ashcroft > [ ] Dead Guy > > And Ashcroft LOST. He LOST to a *DEAD GUY*. I keep explaining this to people. No one should be allowed into an unelected position of power in federal government after they have lost an election to a dead guy. > P.S. Yes, I know I'm oversimplifying... My point remains. Ashcroft is a > schmuck. Actually, you're not oversimplifying. That's exactly what happened. And yes, John Ashcroft is a schmuck. > P.P.S. That's covered under the first ammendment, right? He's not gonna > come raid my dorm and steal my pocketknife, is he? Actually, he'll send the Secret Service. This just came in on the Politech mailing list as your message came in. Courtesy of the ALA (American Library Assoc.) Santa Fe Police Detain Library Patron over Chat-Room Visit A St. John’s College Library visit by a former public defender was abruptly interrupted February 13 when city police officers arrested him about 9 p.m. at the computer terminal he was using, handcuffed him, and brought him to the Santa Fe, New Mexico, police station for questioning by Secret Service agents from Albuquerque. Andrew J. O’Conner, 40, who was released about five hours later, said in the February 16 Santa Fe New Mexican, “I’m going to sue the Secret Service, Santa Fe Police, St. John’s, and everybody involved in this whole thing.” According to O’Connor, the agents accused him of making threatening remarks about President George W. Bush in an Internet chat room. Admitting he talked politics face-to-face in the library with a woman who was wearing a “No war with Iraq” button, O’Connor recalled saying that Bush is “out of control,” but that “I’m allowed to say all that. There is this thing called freedom of speech.” He also speculated that the FBI might have been observing him because of his one-time involvement in a pro-Palestinian group in Boulder, Colorado. Earlier on the same day O’Connor was questioned, officials at St. John’s—as well as at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community College—issued warnings to students and faculty that the FBI had been alerted to the presence of “suspicious” people on campus within the past four weeks. Concern about threats to individual privacy under the USA Patriot Act has prompted New Mexico legislators in both houses to propose resolutions urging state police not to help federal agents infringe on civil rights. The resolutions also encourage libraries to post prominent signage warning patrons that their library records are subject to federal scrutiny without their permission or knowledge.