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    #1844033 - 08/23/03 09:13 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Why Americans should celebrate
Ashcroft's tour to defend Patriot Act

WASHINGTON, DC -- Americans should celebrate the fact that Attorney
General John Ashcroft has launched a public relations campaign to
defend the USA Patriot Act, Libertarians say, because it proves that
public opposition to the measure is growing.

"Let's roll out the red, white and blue carpet for John Ashcroft and
force him to explain this un-American legislation," said Libertarian
Party Executive Director Joe Seehusen. "The more the nation learns
about the misnamed Patriot Act, the less they're going to like it."

Rushed through Congress within weeks of the September 11, 2001
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the legislation grants
the government sweeping new surveillance and arrest powers. As a
result, legislatures in three states and 165 communities have passed
resolutions either condemning the law or refusing to help federal
agents enforce its provisions.

To counter the growing public opposition, Ashcroft launched a public
relations blitz on Wednesday in which he will address law-enforcement
groups in more than a dozen cities.

"Americans are waking up to the fact that the federal government used
September 11 as an excuse to declare a jihad against their civil
rights," Seehusen said. "Ashcroft's tour could be a great opportunity
to assess the damage inflicted by politicians whose first impulse is to
blame the Constitution for the crimes of terrorists."

The attorney general has much to defend, Seehusen said.

For one thing, the law is patently unconstitutional.

"The Patriot Act clearly violates the Fourth Amendment by allowing
federal agents to conduct searches and seizures without proper court
authority," he said.

"For example, the government can now install the Carnivore e-mail
snooping system without obtaining a court order. It can conduct secret
'sneak-and-peak' searches and seize bank and credit records upon the
mere say-so of an FBI agent.

"The legislation also expands the definition of terrorism to include
nonviolent crimes such as computer fraud; allows the collection of DNA
samples from people convicted of offenses having nothing to do with
terrorism; permits the detention of legal immigrants for seven days
based on a mere accusation of terrorist activity; and permits dozens of
other unconstitutional activities.

"Let's ask John Ashcroft why a nation founded on the values of
individual freedom and limited government should tolerate such a law."

For another, the legislation was written in secret by Department of
Justice bureaucrats and voted on so quickly that several
Representatives and Senators admitted they never read it.

"As Rep. C. L. Otter, R-Idaho, recently put it: 'The smoke was still
coming out of the rubble' of the World Trade Centers when this
legislation was passed," Seehusen said. "If Ashcroft actually believes
the Patriot Act is necessary and constitutional, why didn't he want
Congress to debate it before the vote rather than after?"

Unfortunately, questioning the attorney general will be difficult,
Seehusen pointed out, because his "public relations tour" will be
closed to the public.

"While Ashcroft will preach to the law enforcement choir, he is afraid
to take questions from ordinary Americans -- the very people whose
freedom he is trampling," Seehusen said. "But if the Patriot Act is
really worth defending, why won't the attorney general defend it in a
public forum?"

The truth is that Ashcroft understands that there's a mini-rebellion
underway against the Patriot Act -- and he's trying to counter it with
a few speeches and photo opportunities, Seehusen said.

"The good news is that the more Americans learn about the so-called
Patriot Act, the more suspicious they'll be of pro-government
extremists like John Ashcroft.

"If resistance to this law continues to spread, perhaps Ashcroft will
kick off his next road show in a location more receptive to his anti-
freedom message, such as Iran, Cuba, or North Korea."

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    #1844060 - 08/23/03 09:25 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

"mommy I'm scared! Why does this man want to lock everybody up?"
"Its OK, honey..... he's government.."

Insert an "I think" mentally in front of eveything I say that seems sketchy, because I certainly don't KNOW much. Also; feel free to yell at me.
In addition: SHPONGLE

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    #1844075 - 08/23/03 09:33 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Excellent article!  :thumbup:


"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."--Voltaire

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Re: from the libertarian party... [Re: ]
    #1844538 - 08/24/03 12:48 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

man = monkey + mushroom

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