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February 8, 2003

The Empire Strikes Ba... Again.

Posted by Mike on February 8, 2003 6:09 PM

The Center for Public Integrity has a leaked copy of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 (12MB, PDF), a sequel to last year's civil liberties smash hit, the US Patriot Act.

Among its provisions:

Some won't like the rest of the politics on display at the CPI's web site. I'd encourage them to put that aside long enough to download the document in question or give a reasoned consideration of the group's summary. It's also worth considering TalkLeft's scoop that the DoJ is lying about who this document has gone to, trying to downplay the fact that it slipped a copy to the White House but hasn't solicited any congressional review.

Instapundit says "Jeez. We need this like we need 'Dude, Where's My Car? II.'"

I'm not a big fan of linking to people for one little quip, but InstaPundit's out on that libertarian/right tip that accentuates the nature of opposition to this sort of legislation: it's a case where "the vast middle ground" holding will be a disaster. The vast middle ground is a bunch of scared people willing to believe the likes of John Ashcroft when he says "if you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear," and more than willing to believe people languishing in secret prisons must have done something to get in there in the first place.


Heh, the fact that people outside Justice have seen the draft isn't quite a "TalkLeft scoop" but rather something TalkLeft picked up from CPI and Bill Moyers.

I've yet to read the text of the bill, but the pdf of it begins with Justice's own 33-page analysis of it, which I read yesterday It's nasty.

Biggest hidden item: It guts all the post-COINTELPRO consent decrees with police departments.

Posted by: The One True b!X at February 9, 2003 10:44 AM