News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Open Season on Demonstrators as "Terrorists"
PT. II - HOME PAGE
PT. II - CONTENTS
BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

' The law defines "domestic terrorism," he explained, as "the violation of the criminal laws" … "that appear to be intended" … "to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion." .....  
Using this legal definition, "a demonstrator could be tried as a terrorist," Scotch charged. '
 
NOTE: In fact, a demonstrator could face the death penalty in a secret trial.  Click here...Civil Disobedience Could Bring Death Penalty
 

The Herald (Randolph, VT) 

Vigilance Is Needed on Patriot Act

The complete article is currently (4/5/04) available on the Randolph Herald's website at--http://www.rherald.com/news/2003/1030/Front_Page/f05.html [found through a Google search by article title on the date above]

Excerpt--

Covert searches. Warrantless wiretaps. Closed deportation hearings. The ability to seize records and assets without any demonstration of probable cause.

It’s enough to cause a former civil rights attorney and U.S. Solicitor General some sleepless nights, Drew Days III told a packed crowd at Vermont Law School last Tuesday.

In an address entitled, "Homeland Insecurity: Assessing the Threats to Constitutional Protections in Abnormal Times," Days suggested that it is time for a "vigilant public" to examine expanded federal powers "unleashed" by the USA Patriot Act. ...

The extraordinary powers granted by the law will have an impact on the rights of speech, association, search and seizure, legal counsel, and privacy, all guarantees of the Bill of Rights, Days said....

More Concerns.

Benson Scotch, the former director of the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union, echoed Atty. Days’ warnings about the measure in a talk Oct. 8, at Randolph’s Kimball Library. ...

The law defines "domestic terrorism," he explained, as "the violation of the criminal laws" … "that appear to be intended" … "to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion."

The "appear to be intended" phrase, in a ground-breaking maneuver, moves the focus from what the accused actually did or thought, to what the prosecutor thinks he might have intended, Scotch said.

It has always been tough for prosecutors to prove intent, Scotch conceded, but lowering the threshold to "appear to be intended," he said, "is really crazy."

Using this legal definition, "a demonstrator could be tried as a terrorist," Scotch charged. ...

By Sandy Cooch


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