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The New Mccarthyism, Part II: An Educator at the U.S. Institute for Peace Suggests That Theus Should Reconsider Its Foreign Policy and Not Retaliate with Military Force, and She Is Forced Toresign; a

StoryJanuary 09, 2002
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'The New McCarthyism,' the cover story of the current issue of 'The Progressive' magazine, begins:

“Donna Huanca works as a docent at the Art Car Museum, an avant-garde gallery in Houston. Around 10:30 on themorning of November 7, before she opened the museum, two men wearing suits and carrying leather portfolios came toher door.

“’I told them to wait until we opened at 11:00,” she recalls. 'Then they pulled their badges out.'

“The two men were Terrence Donahue of the FBI and Steven Mith of the Secret Service.

“'They said they had several reports of anti-American activity going on here and wanted to see the exhibit,' shesays. The museum was running a show called 'Secret Wars,' which contains many anti-war statements that werecommissioned before September 11.”


  • Donna Huanca, a guide at the Art Car Museum in Houston, Texas. She gave federal agents a detailed tour of”Secret Wars,” an exhibit on America’s covert wars.
  • Matt Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine.
  • A.J. Brown, freshman at Durham Technical School Community College who was visited by the secret servicebecause she had an anti-Bush poster hanging in her room.
  • Barbara Wien, longtime peace educator and activist who resigned from the US Institute for Peace undersevere pressure, after stating publicly that she hoped that the US didn’t retaliate quickly without thinking.


  • Katie Sierra, high school student who was suspended for wearing a t-shirt on which she had written, “WhenI saw the dead and dying Afghani children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security. God BlessAmerica.” She and her mother are suing the school. Democracy Now! in Exile interviewed her on December 11, 2001.
  • Barry Reingold, retired PG&E worker who was visited by the FBI for criticizing U.S. foreign policy at hislocal gym in San Francisco. Democracy Now! in Exile interviewed him on December 24, 2001.

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