The Patriot Act inverts the constitutional
that people's lives be private and the work of government officials
be public; it instead crafts a set of conditions in which our inner
lives become transparent and the workings of the government become
opaque. Either one of these outcomes would imperil democracy;
together they not only injure the country but also cut off the
avenues of repair. Elaine
Both Senator Leahy and Senator Daschle were in positions capable of
blocking the neo-Nazi PATRIOT Act. Both senators had negotiated with
the Bush regime changes in the act that made it less tyrannical.
However, the changes were not in the final draft of the act sent to
Congress. Consequently, Leahy and Daschle were resisting the rush to
passage. I have often wondered if Leahy and Daschle understood the
anthrax letters to be Washington’s warning: “Get out of the way of
Tyranny or we will kill you.” Paul
Craig Roberts (4/18/2015)
Myths and Realities About the Patriot Act
the Patriot Act Stripped Me of My Free Speech Rights
Reauthorizes the Patriot Act, Sidesteps Privacy
When the FBI showed up with a national security letter for
librarians to turn over their records, a great many probably
complied. Apparently the number of such letters was in the
thousands. Connecticut librarians should be congratulated. In spite
of a gag order (they could tell no one about it) they heroically challenged
the Patriot Act.
According to the
Washington Post, "The House and Senate have voted to make
noncompliance with a national security letter a criminal offense.
The House would also impose a prison term for breach of
telephone companies have, without apparent question, turned
over their records to government data miners, internet search
records have mostly been made available without a whimper, that
commercial transactions are routinely monitored, that a fairly
incompetent 'no fly' list harasses airline passengers, say goodbye
to the Bill
A number of communities have rejected the Patriot
Chuck Baldwin on the US
see EFF comments on
the 'Patriot Act'.
sign your name to the campaign
to repeal part of the
U.S.A. P.A.T. R.I.O.T. Act. This would make the police once
again have to get search warrants before they can get information
from bookstores or libraries about what you have read or
This is a step in the right direction, but it does not go far
enough. The PATRIOT act was extended in December 2003 to give the
police equally easy access to many kinds of transaction records
about you. The PATRIOT act attacks your freedom in other ways,
too. See http://www.aclu.org/safeandfree/.
Leading Human Rights Groups Name 39 CIA
Do people you talk to not know the Bush regime has made torture
and secret detention legal?
Send them this report from the Center for Constitutional
Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.
Sunset the Patriot Act
See National Security