The U.S. Army sent intelligence agents to investigate a conference about women and Islam at the UT School of Law.
UT law student and organizer Sahar Aziz was shocked at the Army's interest and methods.
"It was not a terrorism related conference. It was very benign - The reason why we put it together is there had been a lot of debate on campus about these issues due to the burka [face-covering mask worn by Muslim women] in Afghanistan and Iraq," she said.
A few days later, two U.S. Army intelligence agents showed up and wanted a list of all the people who attended the conference.
They approached Jessica Biddle, who helped Aziz get funding for the event.
"[I said] that he was intimidating me and is there a problem - His response was 'no, no problem, we're investigating a couple of people who attended the conference and we need to see the list,'" Biddle said.
I have been and am critical of the Kerry campaign. I am still not sure he is the best candidate to face George Bush in November.
However, as our civil society continues it's career towards a police state, I will gladly vote for John Kerry if I have to this November. I will gladly protest, use my body as a shield, lie down in street in front of a buldozer, go to jail, and face public beatings and ridicule to stop this slide towards facism.
But we will still need Attack Dog Dean to lead the charge.