ACLU protests "protest zones"

(November 12, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- The A-C-L-U says the Secret Service was wrong to make protesters stay back and let supporters up front during President Bush's visit to Little Rock. The arrangement was similar to how protesters have been handled during previous administrations, including President Clinton's. In a written statement, the A-C-L-U denounced the decision to clear anti-Bush protesters from the street across from the Statehouse Convention Center where Bush spoke Monday while allowing Bush supporters up close. But a former advance team member for Clinton during that administration says the arrangement was similar to how the Secret Service usually handles protests at presidential events. In September, the A-C-L-U sued in federal court in Pennsylvania on behalf of four advocacy organizations that claimed that the Secret Service forced them into "protest zones."