NYC council condems PATRIOT ACT??

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    http://www.underreported.com/module...=article&sid=1252&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

    "N.Y. City Council Passes Anti-Patriot Act Measure"; page 11 of Wash Post; not on CNN; not in NY Times (?)
    Posted by: Admin on Saturday, February 07, 2004 - 11:09 PM GMT

    It's all over the blogs, but underreported in the mainstream media. The Washington Post has a nice Feb. 5, 2004 article on it, albeit on page 11 (the Post chose to run two front page articles that day on the Democratic primary, as opposed to the more typical one story):
    New York City, site of the country's most horrific terrorist attack, Wednesday became the latest in a long list of cities and towns that have formally opposed the expanded investigatory powers granted to law enforcement agencies under the USA Patriot Act.
    The New York City Council approved a resolution condemning the law, enacted by Congress six weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with a voice vote in its chambers a few blocks from the gaping hole at Ground Zero.

    "The Patriot Act is really unpatriotic, it undermines our civil rights and civil liberties," said council member Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan), the bill's sponsor. "We never give up our rights that's what makes us Americans."

    The resolution criticized the Patriot Act for allowing infringements on privacy rights. Among other provisions, the Patriot Act allows investigators to see citizens' library records and eases requirements for search warrants. The council requested that Congress deliver periodic reports accounting for the information and records on New Yorkers the federal government has culled under the Patriot Act, but the measure has no means to enforce that request.

    Queries on news.google.com yield no results for CNN. Two queries for the New York Times yield no relevant results, and I was unable to find an article by searching on the nytimes.com website itself. Did this amazing story really go unreported in the city's own New York Times?
     
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    Check on "<a href=http://www.bordc.org/>The Bill of Rights Defense Committee</a>" website
     
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    From the original article:

    "Mark Corallo, a Justice Department spokesman, dismissed the local governments' resolutions, saying the majority were passed in locales with left-leaning constituencies and based on "erroneous" information about the Patriot Act.

    Corallo said the act has been "one of the most important tools Congress has given the government to fight terrorism and prevent terrorist acts."

    A handful of New York council members, both Democrats and Republicans, agreed and voted against the resolution.

    Dennis Gallagher, a Republican from Queens, called the resolution a vehicle for attacking the Bush administration. New York suffered a great loss on Sept. 11, 2001, he said. The Patriot Act "is one step in ensuring this never happens again."
     
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    You mean Mark Corallo, Herr Ashcroft's DOJ hatchetman...The man who said provisions of PATRIOT II that was leaked last year are "...Coming down the pike..." He'd look real spiffy in jackboots and a brown shirt.
     
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    What I mean is that these condemnations are worthless. There are a few hundred more just like it. Tinfoil hat wearers unite!

    There's a reason this hasn't made headlines. Think about it.
     
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    I would suggest you stock up on tin-foil as you'll be wearing tin-foil hats soon enough. And don't forget to buckle up when you drive...it makes it harder for the aliens to suck you outta yer car.
     
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    Why, because I believe in the Patriot Act? :laugh:

    Come back to reality, Bully! I'm not the one whining and bitching about rights that I supposedly lost and then left speechless countless amounts of times when others ask specifically what rights those are!
     
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    "Those that would give up a necessary freedom for temporary
    safety deserve neither freedom nor safety."
    -- Ben Franklin

    "The quick fix is to shave a little freedom off of the Bill Of Rights."
    Carl Sagan.... The Demon-Haunted World


    nuff said!!!!!
     

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