Jackbooted Thug of the Month for June 2002:
US Attorney General John Ashcroft

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Letters To The Editor
from Jeff Schwartz, Ed Williams, MacGregor K. Phillips, Robert Hutchinson, Doug Newman, John Bottoms, Ralph_B_Fuller, and Bill Bunn

The Leash Is Off
Part Two: COINTELPRO in Cyberspace

by Jeff Elkins
I've been amazed at the somewhat bland reaction to Ashcroft's new guidelines from some organizations that should surely know better. The 'Well, that's not so bad' reaction from Cato was shocking. The Cato scholars certainly know the history of COINTELPRO operations by the FBI from the 1950s through the early 1970s. In order to fully grasp what our Attorney General has unleashed, you should too. Especially important today, are the expansion of COINTELPRO tactics into cyberspace.

CIPA and the Freedom of the Press
by James G. Maynard
In 2000, President Clinton signed the Children's Internet Protection Act, which threatened to cut off Federal dollars for libraries and schools which had not installed internet filters by July 1st to prevent the viewing of adult material at these facilities. On Friday, May 31 of this year, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia struck down the law as unconstitutional.

The Death Penalty, Revisited
by Patrick Martin
When I started writing for TLE, I made a decision that I would not attempt to answer my critics directly. I realized that to do so would eventually cause me to expend so much time and effort that I would end up doing nothing else. However, I have decided to make an exception.

Bush's Assault on the Second Amendment
by Doug Newman
I have just finished reading Vin Suprynowicz's superlative book Send in the Waco Killers, as well as his Memorial Day column. I want to tie together these two works, the above quote from Solzhenitsyn, and the Bush Administration's recent announcement that commercial air pilots not be allowed to have firearms in the cockpit.

This Father's Day Send Justice
by Wendy McElroy
When the National Organization for Women holds its annual conference in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 21st, the voices silenced by NOW will be across the street, calling for gender justice. The rally will include father's whose rights have been ignored or maligned by NOW. It will include women who refuse to tolerate anti-male bias in the family court system.

Why I Hate Gunnies
by Scott Graves
There are topics I despise more than the Second Amendment, however I canít think of them at this time. Now before you go all ballistic over thinking I am liberal or some such nonsense let me explain.

A Brief Legislative Review
by Michael W. Gallagher
Prior to the destruction of the World Trade Center, the current administration, in the person of Attorney General John Ashcroft, tried to pass a number of repressive, and unconstitutional enactments as a part of the "war on crime" and the "war on drugs". They were generally given little chance of passage.

FBI Guidelines Reveal Ulterior Motive
by Mark Lamoree
Statements about the new FBI guidelines have been in no short supply since their announcement. What I have not heard are many questions- specifically, "What does the FBI hope to accomplish by monitoring church and political meetings and Internet usage?" The media and most commentators seem to take it for granted that the FBI's aim is to combat terrorism. The problem here is that the privileges arrogated by the FBI are not consistent with their stated goals.

Who Knew?
by David M. Brown
We have another revelation now about the state of governmental knowledge or maybe-knowledge of impending terrorist attacks prior to September 11.
According to a Knight-Ridder report, the National Security Agency (NSA) supposedly listened in to "telephone conversations before September 11 between the suspected commander of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and the alleged chief hijacker, but did not share the information with other intelligence agencies, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Jackbooted Thug of the Month for June 2002:
US Attorney General John Ashcroft

by Carl Bussjaeger
Mr. Ashcroft won his position at the top of this month's JBT list through his diligent and ceaseless efforts to stifle freedom across America, and to make the people of America pay for the dubious privilege of being enslaved.

IN THIS ISSUE: Richly-deserved attention is paid to the FBI, fathers, and those darned "gunnies"!

-The Editor

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