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USA Patriot Act -- the sequel
    #1355936 - 03/07/03 03:02 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah, I'm on the Libertarian mailing list : )

Lana

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Sequel to USA Patriot Act
is every tyrant's dream, Libertarians say

WASHINGTON, DC -- Here's great news for everyone who supported the USA
Patriot Act, Libertarians say: The Justice Department has secretly
drafted follow-up legislation that would allow the government to make
secret arrests, create a vast new DNA database of "suspected
terrorists" and even strip Americans of their citizenship and deport
them.

"If you liked the Patriot Act, you're going to love the sequel," said
George Getz, Libertarian Party communications director. "Patriot II
offers awesome government power, rapidly disappearing freedom, and an
action-packed war on the Constitution. You'll be sitting on the edge of
your seat as your liberties are stripped away."

The Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 (DSEA) ? dubbed "Patriot
II" because of its similarities to the USA Patriot Act ? was secretly
written by the Justice Department in January and has not yet been
introduced in Congress. A draft of the legislation was leaked recently
to the Center for Public Integrity and posted on its website.

"The original Patriot Act got rave reviews from authoritarians
everywhere," Getz noted. "Rogue FBI agents conducting 'sneak-and-peak
searches,' an e-mail spy scheme named Carnivore, secret deportations ?
this legislation was every petty tyrant's dream.

"It opened to a packed House ? and Senate ? in October 2001 and got a
nearly unanimous 'thumbs up.' Clearly there's a market out there for
less freedom, and Washington is rushing to cash in with a sequel."

The plot for Patriot II: A group of unscrupulous politicians in a
large, Western democracy capitalize on a terrorist attack in order to
vastly expand their powers. They embark on an effort to convince their
subjects that by surrendering their freedom they will be protected from
terrorists and other criminals.

Working along with a "Department of Justice," they subvert the
Constitution by secretly crafting legislation that allows the
government to:

* Make secret arrests, overturning a federal court decision requiring
the government to identify persons detained in the 9/11 investigation.

* Issue secret subpoenas, and jail people who reveal to anyone except
their attorney that they are the subject of a secret investigation.

* Strip citizens of their citizenship for associating with a group
designated by the attorney general as a "terrorist organization," even
if the individual's conduct is legal.

* Allow the attorney general to deport any foreigner, even a permanent
legal resident, whose presence he deems "inconsistent with national
security."

* Create a database of DNA collected from "suspected terrorists" and
from non-citizens suspected of ordinary crimes.

* Conduct a wiretap for 15 days without a judge's approval, and monitor
an individual's Internet and chat room visits for 48 hours without a
court order.

* Overturn local court decrees that restrict police from illegal
spying.

* Weaken the Freedom of Information Act to prevent journalists from
learning who is being held in police custody.

Though Patriot II is expected to be a hit with politicians and much of
the public, not everyone will be buying a ticket, Getz predicted.

"Libertarians and other freedom-loving Americans have panned Patriot
II for obvious reasons," he said. "It's burdened by the same clich?d
cast of characters as the original ? a devious attorney general, an
opportunistic president, and pandering politicians who hoodwink people
into surrendering their freedom.

"Will anyone fall for this story line a second time?"














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Re: USA Patriot Act -- the sequel [Re: Lana]
    #1356004 - 03/07/03 03:51 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Thank you Lana. Yes, we are in deep doodoo.

Pardon me while I go dig my bunker.


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