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In November of 2009, Antonio Musumeci was arrested and repeatedly harassed by Department of Homeland Security official Clifford Barnes and other police officers. Musumeci’s offense: taking photographs of a public political protests held by members of the Libertarian Party on public property in New York City. Oddly enough, Musumeci was present as part of the proceedings to ensure that protesters’ civil liberties were respected and to report on the proceedings of protests to others. Musumeci was arrested in violation not only of the relevant provisions of federal law (40 U.S.C. § 1315), but also in violation of Americans’ rights to a free press and to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances, rights guaranteed in the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
To defend the rights of Antonio Musumeci and others to participate in and photograph acts of political dissent, the NY Civil Liberties Union (a state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union) is filing a lawsuit, the purpose of which is not only to gain personal relief for Musumeci, but to force the Department of Homeland Security to respect Americans’ First Amendment rights in protest and photography.
Antonio Musumeci and the ACLU don’t agree on all substantive points of policy, but regardless of this the ACLU is standing up for the rights of Musumeci, for the rights of us all. The ACLU defends the constitutional rights of Americans left, right, center and off-center every day. That’s why our latest liberal donation from t-shirt sales goes to the ACLU. If you feel strongly about civil liberties and you have a few bucks to spare, consider making a donation to the ACLU yourself.