Rights in Bush's America

``The Constitution just sets minimums. [...] Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires.''

Antonin Scalia

Civil liberties

A Year of Loss: Reexamining Civil Liberties Since September 11 Molly Ivins: Being Less Free Won't Protect Us Justice for Robert Jackson: The War on Terror Is Not a Suicide Pact 60 Years On, Again Battling an Abomination of Power

Sample applications of the USA PATRIOT Act

FBI bypasses First Amendment to nail a hacker

Citing a provision of the Patriot Act, the FBI is sending letters to journalists telling them to secretly prepare to turn over their notes, e-mails and sources to the bureau.

Patriot Raid (AlterNet, 29 April 2003)

The police placed their fingers on the triggers of their guns and kicked open the kitchen doors. Shouts emanated from the kitchen and a few seconds later five Hispanic men were made to crawl out on their hands and knees, guns pointed at them.

Watch lists, surveillance, and privacy

Lie-detector glasses offer peek at future of security FBI Waves 'Magic Lantern' Carnivore FOIA Documents Post-9/11 Limits on Dissent Claimed (Boston Globe, 14 December 2003) F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies (New York Times, 23 November 2003) US anti-war activists hit by secret airport ban No-Fly List Ensnares Innocent Travelers

In their efforts to prevent a repeat of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the U.S. government and the airline industry are relying on software so outdated that it can't distinguish between the last name of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and punk rocker Johnny Rotten Lydon.

The Progressive McCarthyism watch Samuel Warren and Louis D. Brandeis: The Right to Privacy U.S. Supreme Court, BERGER v. NEW YORK, 388 U.S. 41 (1967)

The emerging debate about fascism

George Monbiot: States of War: Appeasing the Armed Forces Has Become a Political Necessity for the American President (Guardian/UK, 14 October 2003) Anis Shivani: Is America Becoming Fascist? Laurence W. Britt: Fascism Anyone? (Free Inquiry Magazine, Spring 2003)


James Ridgeway: The Martial Plan (Village Voice, 24 December 2003) Sept. 11 Detainees Abused by Officers, U.S. Report Says (Reuters, 18 December 2003) Show Me the Money: Patriot Act helps the Feds in cases with no tie to terror (Newsweek, 01 December 2003) Matthew Rothschild: Ashcroft's Cointelpro

It's official: Cointelpro is back.

RIGHTS AND THE NEW REALITY: Power, Ever More Power (Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2003) Anti-Terror Power Used Broadly: Laws Invoked Against Crimes Unrelated to Terror, Report Says (Washington Post, 21 May 2003) Police raid three buildings, detain occupants (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 16 May 2003) Freedoms crumble, press sleeps (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11 May 2003) Feds Doing More Secret Searches (WIRED News, 9 May 2003)

A record number of searches and wiretap orders granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2002 underscores a growing trend of reliance on the secret court in government investigations, privacy advocates say.

The number of FISA orders jumped more than 30 percent to 1,228 last year, compared to 934 the year before. The FBI uses the warrants in investigations of suspected terrorists and spies to eavesdrop on communications and conduct physical searches.

GOP backs down on Patriot Act: Provisions won't be permanent; less divisive measure passes easily (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 9 May 2003) Surveillance Bill Sails Through Senate: 'Moussaoui Fix' Would Ease Laws on Obtaining Warrants (Washington Post, 9 May 2003) Secret Service Questions Students (Kron 4 News, 7 May 2003) 100th Anti-Patriot Act Resolution Passed In Broward, Florida (Truthout, 7 May 2003) The War Comes Back Home: Can Attorney General John Ashcroft fight terrorism on our shores without injuring our freedoms? (Time, 4 May 2003) Broad Domestic Role Asked for C.I.A. and the Pentagon (New York Times, 2 May 2003) Justices: U.S. Can Jail Deportees: Ruling affects immigrants who have completed criminal sentences but await deportation. But justices also approve challenges to custody on a case-by-case basis. (Los Angeles Times, 29 April 2003) Privilege Revoked: The government says it can pry into the attorney-client relationship all it wants. (29 April 2003) An infringement of freedom of the press? The FBI opens and seizes mail sent from one Associated Press reporter to another (Democracy Now! 25 April 2003) F.B.I. Opens Inquiry Into Seizure of Documents From Associated Press (New York Times, 24 April 2003) Monster.com's resume purge draws fire (CNETNews.com, 23 April 2003) Local Officials Rise Up to Defy The Patriot Act (Washington Post, 21 April 2003) High Court to Reconsider Miranda Warnings (AP, 21 April 2003)

The Supreme Court said Monday it will reconsider the scope of the familiar police warnings that begin, "You have the right to remain silent."

Key Republican Not Sure on Patriot Act (AP, 16 April 2003) March, street theater take on FBI, Patriot Act Citizens protest USA Patriot Act 'Hitler' Exec Producer Fired Over Remarks (10 April 2003) Republicans Want Terror Law Made Permanent

The "Big Brother" factor

Mary Starrett: Big Brother comes to Wal-Mart (NewsWithViews.com, 11 June 2003) Environmentalists = Terrorists: The New Math (TomPaine.com, 8 May 2003) Privilege Revoked: The government says it can pry into the attorney-client relationship all it wants. (29 April 2003) ACLU Report: U.S. Heading Toward Big Brother Society Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an American Surveillance Society Francis Boyle: Bush's Banana Republic (HTML) Michael Ratner: Moving Toward A Police State (Or Have We Arrived?) FBI Pulls Open Net For Wiretapping


The University of Missouri Freedom of Information Center web page on the USA PATRIOT Act EFF Analysis of the Provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act The USA PATRIOT Act as passed by Congress How the USA-Patriot Act Expands Law Enforcement "Sneak and Peek" Warrants


Transcript: Bill Moyers interviews Chuck Lewis (7 February 2003) New Patriot Act creates uproar, brings together uncommon allies (15 April 2003) Justice Department secretly drafts legislation to strengthen the PATRIOT Act Justice Dept. Drafts Sweeping Expansion of Anti-Terrorism Act: Center Publishes Secret Draft of 'Patriot II' Legislation On Eve of War, New Right-Left Letter Opposes Justice Department Plans for Legislation That Would Diminish Liberty, Fail to Bolster Security

Operation TIPS

Planned Volunteer-Informant Corps Elicits '1984' Fears (Washington Times, 16 July 2002)

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