This is moving an unconstitutional
process. Being that, void of law and unenforceable. The
PEOPLE have to be the enforcers on those who are enforcing outlaw rules.
Do not let this agenda get hold in America or the Republic is a memory.
It is UP TO US. SAY NO TO OUTLAW RULES NOW. STOP THIS
MACHINE. Do NOT be deceived that it has anything at all to do with
protecting anybody. We have to start protecting ourselves from those
who have subverted the law.
House Plans to Revive Parts
of Patriot Act II as Senate 9/11 Commission Bill Advances
House Plans to Revive Parts of Patriot Act II as Senate 9/11
By Jesse J. Holland Associated Press Writer
Published: Sep 23, 2004
WASHINGTON (AP) - House leaders want to increase federal investigators'
anti-terrorism powers similiar to a Patriot Act II draft proposal from last
year, as senators make final changes in their legislation addressing the
Sept. 11 commission's recommendations.
In a draft of the House GOP legislation obtained
by The Associated Press,
many of the provisions were similar to the draft copy of the "Domestic
Security Enhancement Act of 2003" that a nonprofit group said had leaked
of the Justice Department in January 2003.
Justice Department officials said at that
time that they had made no final
decision on the legislation, and never submitted it to Congress.
But many of the anti-terrorism provisions of that draft show up in the
discussion draft section on terrorism prevention and prosecution that is
part of the proposed House legislation.
Among the provisions are measures on the
deportation of aliens who become
members of or help terrorist groups, required pretrial detention for
terrorism suspects, warrants against non-citizens even when a target can't
be tied directly to a foreign power, and enhanced penalties for threats or
attempts to use chemical or nuclear weapons against the United States,
including attacks through the mail system.
A spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom
DeLay, R-Texas, said Wednesday
that House members were still working on a final version of the
A Justice Department spokesman said they had not seen the House draft.
Republicans have hailed the Patriot Act as a critical tool in the
11 war on terrorism, while many Democrats charge it authorizes heavy-handed
infringements on civil liberties.
The House is expected to begin marking up
the far-reaching bill next week.
The Senate, meanwhile, is expected to begin final consideration of its
legislation creating a national intelligence director and a national
counterterrorism center next week. The Senate Governmental Affairs
on Wednesday voted 17-0 to send a bill to the full Senate for
and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., has blocked off the week
work on it, said Sen. Susan Collins, the committee chairwoman.
Several senators are calling for a slower
pace, saying the changes are too
far reaching to rush. "I'm willing to break with the president and say,
'Let's not do this before the election,'" Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, said
Collins, R-Maine, said she vehemently disagrees
with those who want to wait.
"If we wait till next year, I would bet you that nothing will happen," she
Senate leaders plan to add other 9/11 commission
recommendations when the
bill reaches the floor. But the House's draft deals with many facets of the
intelligence and national security structure up front.
The Sept. 11 commission contended the nation's
15 military and civilian
intelligence agencies' failure to cooperate precluded an effective defense
that might have prevented the 2001 terror attacks on New York City and
Washington. The panel recommended creation of a national intelligence
director to control and coordinate all the agencies.
In addition, the commission called for more
safeguards at home, such as
setting national standards for issuance of
drivers' licenses and other
identification, improving "no-fly" and other terrorist watch lists and
more biometric identifiers to screen travelers at ports and borders.
House leaders are expected to take the White House's suggestions on
a national intelligence director who would control the nation's 15
intelligence agencies. The House plan would let the intelligence chief
coordinate nonmilitary spy agencies, but would limit the director's hiring
and budgetary control - making that position weaker than envisioned by the
9/11 commission and the Senate.
The House draft also addresses the other recommendations by instituting
tighter controls on birth certificates and creating an electronic birth and
death registration system and tightening up driver license requirements.
The draft obtained by the AP also shows House Republicans want increased
border security and customs agents and crackdowns on illegal immigration,
including fines of up to $10,000 and possible prison time for illegal
immigrants, and penalties for states who don't allow their local law
enforcement agents to help with immigration enforcement.