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"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
- Hermann Goering, Hitler's number 2 man, at the Nuremberg trials.
The US constitution has been made irrelevant by the Bush administration!
VICTORY Act to be more privacy stealing than the Patriot Act's!
A new law, The Victory Act, to be enacted this fall will give law enforcement increased subpoena powers and more leeway over wire-tap evidence and on classifying drug offenses as terrorism. ABC News obtained a draft of the Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003, or VICTORY Act, which appears to have been prepared by the office of Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The law is a complex 89-page document that, like the Patriot Act, the massive anti-terror law that passed overwhelmingly a few weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, would amend various existing statutes, ostensibly to allow law enforcement to work more efficiently.
Provisions in the draft would:
Raise the threshold for rejecting illegal wiretaps. The draft reads: "A court may not grant a motion to suppress the contents of a wire or oral communication, or evidence derived there from, unless the court finds that the violation of this chapter involved bad faith by law enforcement."
Extend subpoena powers by giving giving law enforcement the authority to issue non-judicial subpoenas which require a person suspected of involvement in money laundering to turn over financial records and appear in a prosecutor's office to answer questions.
Extend the power of the attorney general to issue so-called administrative "sneak-and-peek" subpoenas to drug cases. These subpoenas allow law enforcement to gather evidence from wire communication, financial records or other sources before the subject of the search is notified.
Allow law enforcement to seek a court order to require the "provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service" or a financial institution to delay notifying a customer that their records had been subpoenaed.
Critics wasted no time taking aim at the measure. A Democratic aide for the House Judiciary Committee said the linking of drug-related crime and terrorism raises questions about the draft.
"This bill would treat drug possession as a 'terrorist offense' and drug dealers as 'narco-terrorist kingpins,' " the aide argued. "To say that terrorist groups use a small percentage of the drug trafficking in the United States to finance terrorism may be a fair point, but this bill would allow the government to prosecute most drug cases as terrorism cases."
Concluded the aide: "It really seems to be more about a political agenda to jail drug users than a serious attempt to stop terrorists."
American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Jameel Jaffer added: "Absolutely nothing would prevent the attorney general from using these subpoenas to obtain the records of people who have no connection to terrorism, drug trafficking or crime of any sort."
The Victory Act will be no victory for anyone except those that seek to debase your rights guaranteed under the constitution. Read carefully above where one caught with marijuana (drug possession) can be coined a "terrorist" and anyone selling drugs, even a small amount of marijuana will become a "narco-terrorist kingpin".
Top cop John Ashcroft had to take to the road to defend this and the Patriot Act last month amidst a storm of protect from the American public.
Why does your top cop have to go on tour to defend laws? Because some Americans realize your government is intentionally stripping away your rights under the constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The illegal war against Iraq is not the only war that is going on. There is a war against you and your rights to privacy from your government. So far you are letting the government win. What are you going to do about that?
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