News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Congress Has an Obligation to Revisit the Patriot Act
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

"Against the backdrop of wide public support for repealing the Patriot Act, Congress now has an obligation to revisit the Patriot Act and at least remove some its more egregious elements.

It should also block efforts by the Justice Department to amass even greater surveillance powers. Turning the nation’s librarians, bankers, and web service providers into East German Stasi-like snoops for the FBI is as un-American it is absurd."

News-Press (Florida)

Some elements should be cut

Groundswell of critics means problems


 Published by news-press.com on November 16, 2003

This article can no longer be found on the News-Press website.

Excerpt--

WASHINGTON

...  Now a skeptical public and some members of Congress want to revisit the Patriot Act and roll back some of its more excessive provisions. That’s because Attorney General John Ashcroft, who recently went around the country defending the Patriot Act to friendly audiences, has used his new powers for purposes outside the arena of the war on terrorism.

For example, Patriot Act provisions have been used against prostitution rings, cigarette smugglers, environmental vandals and journalists who wrote about a lone computer hacker.

Recently, an FBI bugging device was found in the office of the Democratic mayor of Philadelphia during a close re-election race with a Republican opponent. If given his way, Ashcroft intends to craft even greater surveillance legislation in the form of the so-called Patriot II and Victory Acts. ...

Against the backdrop of wide public support for repealing the Patriot Act, Congress now has an obligation to revisit the Patriot Act and at least remove some its more egregious elements.

It should also block efforts by the Justice Department to amass even greater surveillance powers. Turning the nation’s librarians, bankers, and web service providers into East German Stasi-like snoops for the FBI is as un-American it is absurd.

— Wayne Madsen is a senior fellow of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (www.epic.org) in Washington, D.C. Readers may write him at EPIC, 1718 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20009.

Copyright 2002, The News-Press.

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