WASHINGTON, December 23, 2002 ( – Washington’s city police plan to use surveillance cameras to monitor the annual right to life march in January, even though there is no history of violence associated with the 30-year-old peaceful protest.  The Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, a Presbyterian minister and director of the D.C.-based Christian Defense Coalition, is “absolutely outraged about these cameras. … It is a crushing blow to the First Amendment and free speech activities”—and he plans to seek a court injunction to stop it.  In contrast, Rev. Frank Pavone, founder and director of Priests for Life, said he supports anything to improve security as long as protesters maintain their freedom of speech. “This country is in a different place now,” he said, referring to the post-September 11 security environment.  For local coverage see: and


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