Wednesday, July 05, 2006

SYNTH-ARCHIVE#22: Ad-busters Intimidation Hot-line

original posting: 27 feb. 2002


Have your activities come under increased scrutiny in the aftermath of

Ours have.

Recently, our Corporate America Flag billboard in Times Square, New
York, attracted the attention of the federal Department of Defense,
and a visit by an agent who asked a lot of pointed questions about
our motivations and intent. We wondered: What gives?

"Just following up a lead from a tip line," the agent admitted.

That's the kind of fourth quarter it's been for many social
activists. Any campaign that dares to question U.S. economic,
military or foreign policy in these delicate times, any critical
appraisal of the handling of the "War on terrorism," risks casting
the critic as a kind of enemy of the state, if not an outright

Vigilance we can live with. Intimidation that amounts to persecution
is another bucket of fish. According to some of the emails and phone
calls we've received lately, many other groups have also found
themselves under investigation in a political climate that's starting
to take on shades of McCarthyism.

Our response to all of this is to set up our own "rat line." If you
know of social marketing campaigns or protest actions that are being
suppressed, or if you come across any other story of overzealous
government "information management," please tell us your story. Go to


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