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Republicans remove TV cameras at hearing on privacy and civil liberties laws.

After Republican (GOP) Attorney General Ashcroft finished making his case for restricting people's first amendment rights, privacy rights, and other civil liberties, the committee's Republican staff prove his point by illegally removing the TV cameras and our first amendment rights. Truth is stranger than fiction.



Here are some quotes from the MSNBC article farther down. Don't forget to check out the related drug war and death squad links at the end.





" ... access to users’ Internet information [URLs visited, email subjects and addresses] without a court order ..."





"After Ashcroft finished speaking, committee Democrats called civil liberties and free-speech advocates to testify, including representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way, which have echoed some of Conyers’ concerns."





"But while Ashcroft’s testimony was open to television cameras, the committee’s Republican staff ordered camera crews to leave, including those of C-SPAN, the public interest network available on cable television systems nationwide, NBC News’ Mike Viqueira reported."





"House rules state, “Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by a committee or subcommittee is open to the public, those proceedings shall be open to coverage by audio and visual means,” Viqueira reported."





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MSNBC article:





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Ashcroft seeks sweeping powers.


http://www.msnbc.com/news/632335.asp





Police measures needed to stop more attacks,


he testifies





[photo]


Massachusetts state troopers armed with automatic weapons patrolled the terminal at Logan International Airport last week in Boston.





NBC, MSNBC AND NEWS SERVICES





WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 — The United States will remain vulnerable to terrorist attacks unless law enforcement agencies are given a wide range of new counterterrorism tools, including improved wiretap capabilities and easier access to voice mail and Internet users’ personal information, Attorney General John Ashcroft told lawmakers Monday.





The committee’s Republican staff ordered cameras out of the hearing room when representatives of civil liberties and free-speech groups were called to testify.





ASHCROFT ISSUED his warning in testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in favor of far-reaching measures to ramp up the war on terrorism, telling lawmakers, “Every day that passes with outdated statutes and the old rules of engagement is a day that terrorists have a competitive advantage.”





Ashcroft urged quick passage of new police powers sought by the Bush administration, including the authority to detain aliens suspected of ties to terrorists indefinitely and without the right to appeal. The administration also wants wiretap evidence obtained in other countries in violation of the Fourth Amendment to be admissible in court.





In addition, the administration is asking for secret court authorization for wiretaps, longer jail terms for terrorists, access to users’ Internet information without a court order and authority to review telephone voice-mail messages with only a search warrant.





Some of the measures raised red flags for Democrats and advocates of civil liberties. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said he and others were “deeply troubled” by the constitutional implications.





“Past experience has taught us that today’s weapon against terrorism may be tomorrow’s law against law-abiding Americans,” Conyers said.





Ashcroft said he was sure the bill would pass constitutional muster. “We are conducting this effort with a total commitment to protect the rights and privacy of all Americans and the constitutional protections we hold dear,” he said.


WashPost: FBI ill-equipped to stop terror





COVERAGE OF HEARING RESTRICTED





After Ashcroft finished speaking, committee Democrats called civil liberties and free-speech advocates to testify, including representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way, which have echoed some of Conyers’ concerns.





But while Ashcroft’s testimony was open to television cameras, the committee’s Republican staff ordered camera crews to leave, including those of C-SPAN, the public interest network available on cable television systems nationwide, NBC News’ Mike Viqueira reported.





Print reporters and members of the general public were allowed to remain, meaning the speakers’ comments could be reported, but none of them would be available for Americans to see or hear for themselves.





House rules state, “Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by a committee or subcommittee is open to the public, those proceedings shall be open to coverage by audio and visual means,” Viqueira reported.





CONGRESS SLOWS DEBATE





Both Democrats and Republicans said the issues were too important to rush the legislation. The Judiciary Committee had planned to vote on the legislation Tuesday, but Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said it would take up the bill late next week to give it time to work out concerns like those Conyers raised.





Ashcroft urged speed, however.





“I cannot say to you if we had enacted these in August, we would have curtailed the activities in September, nor can I assure this committee that we won’t have terrorist acts in the future,” he said. “But the mere fact that we can’t do everything shouldn’t keep us from doing what we can do.”





Domestic security is among the top issues that have leaped to the head of a slimmed-down congressional agenda in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.





“At the moment, nothing is going to get done except to try to deal with the terrorist threat and try to be supportive of the administration that’s planning this big action,” Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., told reporters.





Senate Minority Whip Don Nickles, R-Okla., said other issues, among them Medicare and Social Security reform and President Bush’s plan to channel more funds to religious charities, would have to wait.





“Those other things can be addressed in the future when we’re not fighting both a recession and war on terrorism,” Nickles said.





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*9-2001. Privacy restricted severely. Possible U.S. Laws. COINTELPRO again. Please distribute this. "the FBI, the BATF, the DEA, the INS, or any other federal law enforcement agency could - without a search warrant - survey a citizen's e-mail and his web-surfing. The web surveillance can include every URL which the person visits, and also includes (by virtue of including URLs created by search engines) the key words of every search the person submits. The e-mail surveillance would not include the text of messages, but would include the to/from information, as well as the subject line of a message, and also the size of the message. ... allowing the use in federal courts of surveillance illegally conducted by foreign governments. (Section 105.) The foreign governments would even be protected by the secrecy rules which apply to confidential informants. What this does is set up a system whereby a foreign government can violate American laws by wiretapping Americans, while the American government can violate foreign laws by wiretapping foreigners, and then both governments collude to share their fruits of their joint violations of their nations' privacy laws." The method explained in the last quote above is similar to how the US has already used its death squad friends abroad. The USA has shared information, misinformation, lists of names, etc.. This has resulted in people of many nations being brutally questioned, imprisoned, tortured, disappeared, and killed abroad, even Americans, without directly implicating the USA.


http://sf.indymedia.org/display.php?id=104729 and


http://boards.marihemp.com/boards/message.shtml?1x38376





*Death Squads, Drug War. LINKS worldwide. Revised. Millions killed over decades. Huge LINKS list. Lists in alphabetical and chronological order. Other death squads, too. Such as the US-run Phoenix Program during the Vietnam war. Many other US-run or US-aided death squads worldwide. Corruption at all levels of politics, police, society, government, etc..


http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/squads.htm and


http://drugwar.8m.com/squads.htm


 
 

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