George Main: Shadowed by the Pentagon
George Main, president of the Sacramento Chapter of Veterans for Peace, served in the military as a Russian linguist in the 1970s. He saw how government surveillance could stray outside legal bounds. In 2004, his name showed up on a federal surveillance database in connection with a protest at a military recruitment center. Now he feels the Bush administration is violating every right and privilege he fought for during his military service.
Anti-war. Protesting against any of the foreign policies of a U.S. administration, especially a President's decision to go to war, has often been viewed as a threat by that administration. The experiences of Will Bergfeld, Gren Whitman, Peggy Hutchison, Bridget Colvin, George Main and Eric Shaw connect and contrast this situation across time.