The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta on behalf of two vegan protesters who were subjected to imprisonment, arrest and harassment by Homeland Security officials, RAW STORY has learned. The lawsuit stems from a Dec. 2003 incident, when vegans Caitlin Childs and Christopher Freeman were protesting on public property outside a Honey Baked Ham store in Georgia's DeKalb County. After the protest, the duo noticed they were being watched and photographed by a man in an unmarked car. They approached the car and wrote down the make, model, color and license plate number on a piece of paper.
Long story short: the unmarked car (with a cop and a Homeland Security investigator inside) then followed them, ordered them out of their car, demanded the piece of paper, and arrested the two for refusing to cough it up. They were detained and finally released, but the officers kept the piece of paper and Caitlin Childs' housekeys! (wtf?)
From the surveillance photos, available through the ACLU:
You see what I see, people? Yes. It's preposterous; outrageous; unbelievable. Gas really used to be $1.87!
So let's see: Homeland Security is in charge of FEMA, who sends trucks full of ice to Maine instead of New Orleans, and they're in charge of protecting us from terrorists, which we all know means vegans, violent lot they are.
No wonder the FBI is so concerned with these left-wing domestic "terror" groups, that do things like peacefully demonstrate against the war. I feel safer already.
Mad props to Rachel Maddow for keeping me ever informed.