[LINK] New Patriot Act

Michael Lean m.lean@qut.edu.au
Tue, 11 Feb 2003 09:21:24 +1000

G'day Linkers,
Some of you may be interested in the followin,

>NEWS: Press Reaction to PATRIOT Act II: Legislation Sought By Bush
>Friday February 07, @07:50PM   Email story
>USA Patriot Act II--A$hcroft drafts secret sequel
>By Charles Lewis and Adam Mayle
>The Bush Administration is preparing a bold, comprehensive sequel to the
>USA Patriot Act passed in the wake of September 11, 2001, which will give
>the government broad, sweeping new powers to increase domestic
>intelligence-gathering, surveillance and law enforcement prerogatives, and
>simultaneously decrease judicial review and public access to information.
>For additional information, watch the PBS program "Now With Bill Moyers"
>tonight at 9 P.M. EST. (local listings http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html)
>The show will also air an interview with Charles Lewis.
>(WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2003) -- The Bush Administration is preparing a bold,
>comprehensive sequel to the USA Patriot Act passed in the wake of
>September 11, 2001, which will give the government broad, sweeping new
>powers to increase domestic intelligence-gathering, surveillance and law
>enforcement prerogatives, and simultaneously decrease judicial review and
>public access to information.
>The Center for Public Integrity has obtained a draft, dated January 9,
>2003, of this previously undisclosed legislation and is making it
>available in full text
>(12 MB). The bill, drafted by the staff of Attorney General John Ashcroft
>and entitled the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, has not been
>officially released by the Department of Justice, although rumors of its
>development have circulated around the Capitol for the last few months
>under the name of the Patriot Act II in legislative parlance.
>Transcript: Bill Moyers interviews Chuck Lewis
>MOYERS: The Patriot Act was passed six weeks after 9/11. We know now that
>it greatly changed the balance between liberty and security in this
>nation's framework. What do you think  what's the significance of this new
>document, called the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003?
>LEWIS: I think the significance is it just deepens and broadens, further
>extends the first Patriot Act. That act in 2001, they had six weeks, which
>was not a lot of time to throw something together. Now there's been 18
>months of all kinds of things that have happened and court decisions that
>have tried to roll back some of the Patriot Act.
>And other concerns, law enforcement, people have, and so they've had time
>to sift and sort what they want. And it's arguably might be a more
>thorough rendering of all the things law enforcement and intelligence
>agencies would like to have in a perfect world. It's sort of how I look at
>it, and I think it's a very tough document when it comes to secrecy and
>I understand the concerns about fear of terrorism. And it certainly
>MOYERS: We all have those
>LEWIS: We all have those and there are things in the legislation that make
>sense, and that are reasonable, I think for any American. But there are
>other things that really take some of the Patriot Act civil liberties
>issues that folks were concerned about and go even further. And I think
>it's gonna be very controversial. Some of these sections are gonna be
>debated for weeks and months.
>MOYERS: So many of these powers latent in this draft legislation were
>powers that were taken away from the intelligence community some years ago
>because they were abused.
>LEWIS: That's right.
>MOYERS: Do you see any protection in here against potential abuse?
>LEWIS: I don't think there's very much  there's a lot more authority and
>power for government. There's less oversight and information about what
>government is doing. That's the headline and that's the theme. And the
>safeguards seem to be pretty minimal to me.
>MOYERS: I just go through here, you know? "Will give the Attorney General
>the unchecked power to deport any foreigner?"
>LEWIS: Right.
>PATRIOT II Legislation Leaked
>Posted by michael on Saturday February 08, @12:29PM
>from the goodbye-FOI dept.
>Ashcroft proposes vast new surveillance powers
>By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus Feb 7 2003 7:06PM
>A sweeping new anti-terrorism bill drafted by the Justice Department would
>dramatically increase government electronic surveillance and data
>collection abilities, and impose the first-ever federal criminal penalties
>for using encryption in the U.S.
>A draft of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 dated January 9th
>was obtained by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity and released
>Friday. The 120-page proposal would further expand many of the
>surveillance powers Congress granted federal law enforcement in the
>USA-PATRIOT Act in 2001, while increasing the secrecy surrounding some
>government functions.
>The Justice Department hasn't released the proposal publicly, nor has it
>been formally submitted to lawmakers, but a legislative "control sheet"
>attached to the bill [pdf] indicates that review copies were sent to
>Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, and Vice President Richard Cheney
>last month. In a written statement Friday, a Justice Department
>spokesperson said it would be "premature to speculate on any future
>decisions, particularly ideas or proposals that are still being discussed
>at staff levels."
>Civil liberties groups are already calling the bill "Patriot II".
>"I just don't know where to start, it's just expanding everything," says
>Lee Tien, staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "When this
>hits the Hill there's going to be a lot more talk about what's going on,
>as opposed to the Patriot Act, where Congress just went on the
>government's say-so."
>Draconian "Patriot II" act in the mill
>by repost Saturday February 08, 2003 at 09:28 AM
>The U.S. Justice Department, which won broad new powers after the Sept.
>11, 2001, attacks to eavesdrop and detain immigrants, is drafting
>legislation that would authorize the creation of a terrorist
>identification database, department officials said on Friday. Other
>measures would authorize DoJ to strip Americans of citizenship and
>constitutional protections.
>U.S. Considers New Anti-Terrorism Legislation
>Fri February 7, 2003 07:32 PM ET
>By James ViciniWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department, which
>won broad new powers after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to eavesdrop and
>detain immigrants, is drafting legislation that would authorize the
>creation of a terrorist identification database, department officials said
>on Friday.
>They said the proposals, which already have been criticized by civil
>liberties groups, also would limit the disclosure of certain information
>and allow pretrial detention of people suspected of terrorist activity
>without bail.
>The officials said the proposals, still in draft form and called the
>Security Enhancement Act of 2003, would require congressional approval.
>This bill would have serious implications for access to information and
>resources in libraries and should be a matter of serious concern for
>David Dillard
>Temple University
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