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Activists Drop Giant Banner in Soho

If you happened to be downtown Tuesday night, you might have seen a 20-by-50-foot demonic spectre of Attorney General John Ashcroft overtake the giant billboard at the corner of Houston and Lafayette, usually splashed with slinky models in tight jeans.

No, Halloween was not extended this year.

The locally-based culture jamming group, complacent.org, dropped the gigantic banner with the Orwellian subtitle: "John Ashcroft is Watching You."

"We wanted to remind people that while everyone — especially activists — has been distracted by the war on Iraq, Ashcroft has hidden himself away and pushed further and further with his agenda… We wanted to remind people of our lost civil liberties," said Will, a member of complacent.org who participated in the drop.

The jammers were able to avoid arrest, after a passer-by flagged down a policeman, by convincing cops they were a film crew. They advise New Yorkers to be on the look-out for similar public service announcements in the near future

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