News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Patriot Act Widely Recognized As Un-American
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
"It appears the repressive nature of the USA Patriot Act, which is 2 years old today, has penetrated the American consciousness to such an extent that it now stands as shorthand parlance for any type of unfairness."
--Robyn E. Blumner, St. Petersburg Times      
 
"More than 200 cities and counties across the country, and the state legislatures of Hawaii, Alaska and Vermont have adopted resolutions criticizing the Patriot Act. In Nevada last week, protests drew liberals, conservatives, Hispanics, libertarians, gay activists—a spectrum so wide, and so deep in the heart of the U.S.A., you’d think Washington would be listening. But so far, there’s no sign it is."  
--Christopher Dickey, Newsweek      

St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
 
No pause in Patriot Act pounding
BY ROBYN E. BLUMNER
Times Perspective Columnist
Published October 26, 2003

The complete article is currently (4/5/04) available on the St. Petersburg Times website at--  http://www.sptimes.com/2003/10/26/Columns/No_pause_in_Patriot_A.shtml       [found through a Google search by article title on the above date]
 
Excerpt--
 
When pressed over whether Lakers star Kobe Bryant should continue playing basketball while the issue of his alleged sexual assault is under consideration by the courts, NBA Commissioner David Stern told the Los Angeles Times: "Absolutely. We don't have a Patriot Act in the NBA."
 
It appears the repressive nature of the USA Patriot Act, which is 2 years old today, has penetrated the American consciousness to such an extent that it now stands as shorthand parlance for any type of unfairness. Despite Attorney General John Ashcroft's barnstorming tour of the country, selling the act to friendly audiences of law enforcement, nearly 200 communities, including three states, have passed resolutions objecting to its excesses. ...
 
While Bush is working to undo more of our liberty, there are bipartisan efforts in Congress pushing back. Perhaps the most promising is the "Safety and Freedom Ensured (SAFE) Act" that would rollback some of the worst excesses of the Patriot Act. If even NBA commissioners know the Patriot Act is a bad thing, what is Congress waiting for?
 
Copyright 2002-2004 St. Petersburg Times

Newsweek
 
Common Sense
Resistance to the Patriot Act is growing in the American heartland
Christopher Dickey
 
The complete article is currently (4/5/04) available on the MSNBC website at-- http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3540605/ [found through a Google search by article title on the above date]
 
Excerpt--
 
Nov. 20 issue —  ... Earlier this month, just to raise some eyebrows, the Geuda Springs [Kansas] town council passed an ordinance requiring every head of family to own a gun, and ammunition, and be ready to use it. ...
 
      If the administration believes folks like these are buying the official line from Washington, it had better take another look. ...
 
...  [Philip] Russell supported [the gun ordinance], he said, because he wanted to provoke people, make them question this whole idea that government can mandate what you do in a nation that’s supposed to be free. And when Russell started talking about the Patriot Act and associated laws rushed through Congress after September 11, 2001, everybody in the caf・started listening, and nodding. The Federal government can strip you of all your legal rights, he said: the right to legal council, to an appearance in court, even to be informed what it is you’re charged with. “How do we know they’re not going to use that against us?” said Debra Russell ...
 
       More than 200 cities and counties across the country, and the state legislatures of Hawaii, Alaska and Vermont have adopted resolutions criticizing the Patriot Act. In Nevada last week, protests drew liberals, conservatives, Hispanics, libertarians, gay activists—a spectrum so wide, and so deep in the heart of the U.S.A., you’d think Washington would be listening. But so far, there’s no sign it is. ...
 
2004 MSNBC.com

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