Repression at Pace University – Antiwar Students Who Heckled Former President Clinton at Pace University Speak Out

Repression at Pace University
Tuesday, 07 March 2006

Antiwar Students Who Heckled Former President Clinton at Pace University Speak Out

Two students were detained and questioned by Secret Service for almost an hour after calling former President Clinton a war criminal during his recent visit to speak at Pace University in New York City. In addition, police also questioned several other antiwar students and collected their I.D.’s. The two students who were detained are currently facing an investigation by the Secret Service and need your support.

Monday, March 06 2006 @ 10:30 PM PST

You can view Clinton’s Reaction by clicking here:

http://www.leftist.ws/media/clintonwarcriminal.swf

Today, the national media has picked up the story of two students heckling President Clinton. This is a press release from the two students with their side of the story.

Lauren Giaccone and Brian Kelly are students at the Pace University Downtown campus and participated in the action against President Bill Clinton on March 5th, 2006.

Brian Kelly can be reached at 845-649-2146 or bk32124n@pace.edu
Lauren Giaccone can be reached at 917-597-3203 lg11679n@pace.edu

Lauren Giaccone and Brian Kelly are part of a larger group, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) as well as Campus Anti-War Network (CAN). Both are leftist groups. SDS is a relatively new group. It was a radical group in the 60′s but has recently reformed.

CAN has been active in protesting the war for several years now. Both students originally had formed a picket outside of the event on Sunday but were met with resistance by Pace University officials. The students were then allowed to go inside to the event after their banners were confiscated.

Inside the event, Lauren Giaccone and Brian Kelly stood up and called President Clinton a war criminal and cited the atrocities he committed during his time in office (i.e. Rwanda, Sudan, Iraq, Bosnia) It was at this time that the two students were forcibly removed by Westchester police and brought to a room within the campus where Secret Service was waiting. The students were harassed by police and Secret Service agents who called them “clowns” and threatened to send them to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation that one officer promised “would take at least 72 hours.” The students were searched and had their photos taken several times by both police and Secret Service.

The students were detained for about 40 minutes and questioned about their ties to SDS. When the students refused to give information like their Social Security numbers, the officers would threaten them with statements such as “We can keep you here for 3 days.” The Secret Service also tried to get the students to waive their patient/doctor privilege by having them sign a form that would allow the agents to investigate if they were on any medication or if they had been to a psychiatrist; however, the students refused. The police then demanded that the students give the names of the other students that they had traveled to the event with. They also wanted to know what types of cars they traveled in. The students refused to give this information.

The other SDS and CAN students were found waiting for their friends in the lobby, where the police took their IDs even though they had nothing to do with the action. The students were questioned about a letter that the Pace Chapter of SDS sent to the President of the University denouncing the invitation to President Clinton. The students were then loaded into a van with an officer and driven to their cars where police illegally searched the students’ cars. The search was not consented to.

The students Lauren Giaccone and Brian Kelly would like to make it clear that they do not support Democrats or Republicans. Their action was in response to the growing militarism of American presidents. The Pace Chapters of SDS and CAN denounce the actions of President Caputo, the Westchester Police Department, the Mount Pleasant Police Department, and the Secret Service. Currently, the two students are facing an investigation by the Secret Service.

Brian is member of the Campus Antiwar Network, the New York City Green Party, Students for a Democratic Society, and the national Campus Greens.

Lauren is a member of the Students for a Democratic Society, Campus Antiwar Network, New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists, and the Industrial Workers of the World.

Brian Kelly can be reached at 845-649-2146 or bk32124n@pace.edu
Lauren Giaccone can be reached at 917-597-3203 or lg11679n@pace.edu