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Latest Attack on Civil Liberties

Bush administration is attempting to rush through Congress a proposed sweeping new attack on civil liberties under the guise of "fighting terror." Although timidly, the ACLU has mounted a pressure campaign on the Greek Chorus, er, Congress to block at least the worst aspects of the proposed new Dept. of Homeland Security.

To: ACLU Action Network
FR: Damon Moglen, National Field Coordinator
DT: June 27, 2002

In the latest threat to civil liberties to emerge from the government's response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, the Bush Administration's proposed Department of Homeland Security explicitly removes structural and legal safeguards necessary to keep the agency open and accountable to the public.

The President's proposal contains provisions that exclude the new agency from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and whistleblower protections. His proposal also lacks guarantees of strong oversight; as proposed, the agency's secretary will have veto power over the inspector general's audits and investigations.

Take Action! Congress is rushing with unusual haste to pass the President's sweeping proposal. Insist that your Members of Congress keep the new agency open and accountable to the public. You can learn more and send a FREE FAX to preserve open and accountable government from our action alert at site address given above.



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