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Patriot Act Enhancement Bill Advances Despite Concerns
    #3197981 - 09/30/04 12:36 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml...storyID=6371282
By Thomas Ferraro

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican-led congressional committee on Wednesday rejected concerns about civil liberties and passed a bill to expand the U.S. government's power to track terror suspects and deport people seen as a risk.

On a largely party-line vote of 19-12, the House Judiciary Committee sent the bill to the full House of Representatives for expected approval next week.

But the House bill, which was drafted by Republicans, is certain to run into difficulties with a competing measure in the Senate written by both parties.

The measure is part of a sweeping legislative effort to overhaul the intelligence services in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Congress is pressing to respond to recommendations by the Sept. 11 commission and pass the legislation before the Nov. 2 elections.

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the Judiciary Committee's senior Democrat, called the Republican bill "deeply flawed."

"This bill is a witches brew of extraneous anti-liberty proposals, long sought by (U.S. Attorney General) John Ashcroft and long discredited by the Congress," Conyers said.

Republicans insisted, despite Democratic claims to the contrary, that the bill mirrored the thinking of the 9/11 commission.

"This legislation reflects careful, thoughtful and principled examination of the 9/11 Commission's bipartisan report and its staff report, and provides additional tools and resources needed to fight and win the war on terror," said the committee chairman, James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican.

While the committee approved a few changes to the bill, it rejected numerous Democrats amendments. They included ones to roll back what critics denounced as excessive powers and anti-immigrant provisions, including some they charged would violate due process.

Some critics have argued that the House measure is an attempt to expand the Patriot Act, a sweeping anti-terror measure passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Judiciary Committee approved the bill the same day that a federal judge in New York ruled as unconstitutional surveillance powers granted to the FBI under the Patriot Act.

The challenge was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against what it called "unchecked power" to demand confidential customer records from communication companies.

Also on Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee voted 17-2 to approve portions of the intelligence reform effort within its jurisdiction. But some Republicans complained that reform was moving too quickly.

"Reform of the intelligence community should be undertaken, but it should be undertaken with great care," said Rep. James Gibbons, a Nevada Republican.


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Re: Patriot Act Enhancement Bill Advances Despite Concerns [Re: ]
    #3198005 - 09/30/04 12:41 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Just found this..atleast their putting up a fight

http://www.ktva.com/Stories/0,1413,163%7E29969%7E2433578,00.html
Senators Urged to Stop Patriot Act Expansion

By Christine Nangle

Two political forces are coming together to try and stop Congress from expanding the Patriot Act. It's not too often that voters on the left combine forces with their conservative counterparts, but that is exactly what is happening in this case. In a paid advertisement in the Anchorage Daily News and the Juneau Empire is encouraging voters to contact Senator Stevens, and Senator Murkowski to stop any amendments to the 9-11 commission report. But what might surprise you is who came together to pay for the ad.

The ad is paid for by Alaska Civil Liberties Union, the American Conservative Union. It reads, "Don't Confuse the Patriot Act with Patriotism." The concern is that because of the upcoming election, Congress is going to rush the 9-11 commission report recommendation and might add amendments to the bill. Some of the measures Congress is said to introduce is a national ID card, that would put people in database system, so all DMV information would be accessible nationwide. Those types of ideas are what are unifying political parties. "Civil liberties are something that all Americans care about, republican, democrats, conservative, or liberal and this is the case where all American from all political ideologies are coming together to protect the freedoms that Americans have enjoyed for 250 years or more. So it's a unique coalition,? says Scott Anaya the director of Alaska Civil Liberties Union.

The coalition says they ran the ads to make sure Americans freedom rights are NOT compromised. Wayne Ross, a local attorney says, once that compromise takes place, most of the time Americans do NOT get rights back. "We just want to remind them that is very important that we maintain our freedoms and that we focus the actions that Congress is doing on the bad guys, and not take away the freedoms of Alaskan's and other American citizens,? says Wayne Ross.

It in when the 9-11 commission report is in the Congress that groups are concerned about amendments. But Senator Lisa Murkowski spokesperson weighed in on the topic as well, and says Murkowski is on the record for being against any type of expansion of the patriot act. Senator Stevens has seen the ad, but was too busy to make a comment today.


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    #3198089 - 09/30/04 12:58 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I find it pretty humerous/sad how some people will just disregard him as some crazy conspiracy nut..

They too, will one day have to learn to face the truth for what it is.


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Re: Patriot Act Enhancement Bill Advances Despite Concerns [Re: ]
    #3198132 - 09/30/04 01:08 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

Fiend said:
That Alex Jones guy looks less and less crazy as time goes on. If that actually comes to pass and/or Bush gets re-elected I'm seriously considering moving to Vancouver.




good luck getting a green card..or whatever the equivalent is...

meanwhile..the congressional neocons are already going hogwild amidst the impending bush victory...


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