Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Disruptors

According to a recent Washington Post article, the ACLU has objected to a "little-noticed provision of the latest version of the USA Patriot Act bill." The ACLU is concerned that the revision will give the Secret Service a greater lattitude to arresting people disrupting public events like the Olympics, for example.

Senator Specter, who sponsored the revisions, voiced surprise over the objection the ACLU had raised. According to Specter, the revisions attempt to clear up the authority that the Secret Service has at public events.

Among the suggested revisions, include amending text as follows:
"willfully and knowingly to enter or remain in any
posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of a
building or grounds where the President or other person
protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily
visiting"

Maybe the President is tired of protests, both here and abroad?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Ed Merwin, Jr. said...

Given the status of the current world and its terroristic latitude, can you blame him!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 2:35:00 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

It is my belief that some of the strong reactions/objections in the US and UK have been strengthened by President Bush's style of leading.

If I were him and in his shoes, I would probably want the same revision. Doesn't it come down to a trust issue?

Are we trusting the Government to not abuse this? Could this possibly erode Fourth Amendment rights?

Even if you trust this administration, what is to say that a subsequent administration wouldn't abuse it?

I think that is what is making people nervous.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:01:00 PM  

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