The Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003.
Orrin Hatch and John Ashcroft are at it again. While Ashcroft takes his Patriot Act on tour, Orrin Hatch is getting ready to introduce a bill, (the one mentioned above) which will extend the most fun parts of the Patriot Act.
This "Victory Act" will classify drug users as terrorists and allow those secret "sneak-and-peek" subpoenas to be used against suspected drug dealers. This is amazing.
Here are some excerpts to give you a flavor of what is going on:
Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act--will enable Ashcroft and clan to: [...]
Track wireless communications with a roving warrant. Roving wiretaps are now allowed for cell phones and laptops. This provision pulls in wireless communication devices so Big Brother can follow you all over the globe.
Increase sentences for drug kingpins to 40 years in prison and $4 million in fines. This provision suggests that Ashcroft has taken the leap that drug dealing equals terrorism.- Counterpunch
On August 19 th , John Ashcroft begins a national tour promoting an extension of the USA PATRIOT Act. We need your help to make a strong statement to stop John Ashcroft from doing more damage to the bill of rights.
As Americans, we have a long standing tradition of defending not only our own liberties and civil rights, but also standing up for equal rights for all .- Howard Dean for America
"The Victory Act represents a major expansion of federal surveillance, asset forfeiture and other powers under the guise of linking the war on drugs to the war on terrorism," said Tim Edgar, legislative counsel for the ACLU. "It does not address the intelligence problems that led to the September 11th attacks, continuing a failed policy of simply granting more power to the government instead of ensuring the government uses its existing powers effectively." - Washington PostWatchblog is also worth a look:
Remember - always dehumanise those you want to attack. They're not college students experimenting, they're terrorists! He's not buying some marijuana for his mother with MS, he's a terrorist! And so is she!Posted by James at August 21, 2003 1:23 PM