The Right to Peaceably Assemble

The organizers of the The World Says No to War march scheduled for February 15 in New York City say:

With less than two weeks left before Feb. 15, the City of New York has still not granted our request for a permit to march and rally.

Like Tom, I'm still unsure about the necessity of deposing Saddam Hussein right now without a more convincing argument from my government. What I am sure about is our constitutional right to peaceably assemble. Why the heck should a permit for a march even be required? And if it's just a formality, why hasn't it been granted? And if it's not a formality, and it in fact may not be granted, well then I think we have a lot more to be protesting than just the potential war with Iraq. [thanks Jason]