McCarthyism Watch

| May 23, 2003

Concerned about civil liberties in post-September 11 America? Matthew Rothschild is. That?s why he launched McCarthyism Watch, a web-based project of The Progressive, a monthly political magazine which Rothschild edits from Wisconsin, home state of legendary commie-hunter Senator Joseph McCarthy. Rothschild has documented more than forty instances since September 11, 2001, where citizens? rights have been disregarded by law enforcement due to the current environment of fear, a painful reminder of the Red Scare and McCarthyism of the ?40s and early ?50s. Among the violations Rothschild draws to our attention: a ninth-grade English teacher in New Mexico was suspended without pay for two days this year when she refused to take down a ?No War With Iraq? sign in her classroom. In another incident CIA and FBI agents entered the Art Car Museum in Houston, TX on November 7, 2002 to ask questions about artists and the curator of the exhibit ?Secret Wars,? which featured anti-war statements commissioned before September 11. All of this comes only weeks after the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) made transcripts of closed-door hearings conducted by Senator Joseph McCarthy accessible to the public. McCarthy and his staff questioned almost 400 people about their alleged associations with the Communist Party. How many people will be persecuted for being allegedly unpatriotic before the new McCarthyism reaches its breaking point?
?Nick Garafola

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