Thursday, March 27, 2003

Civil Liberties: Patriot Act II

It looks like Ashcroft may be building steam to release his second assult on civil liberties. This one, as reported by the village voice, would…

Among the more extreme powers Patriot Act II would grant the executive branch: The ability to strip citizenship from an American who supports a group the feds label as terrorist. Secret arrests—the government could avoid revealing the location of, charges against, and evidence on someone it was holding. Far looser checks on search-and-seizure activities of law enforcement. And a DNA database for people deemed to be terrorist suspects. “

In other words, if the government decides it doesn’t like the teamsters, ACLU, Amnesty International or the Boy scouts, and you are a member, they can strip your citizenship, put you away in a dark hole, and not tell anyone where you are.

[SINGING]I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free…[/SINGING]

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