The Police State of America
The Secret Patriot Act II Destroys What Is Left of American
By Alex Jones <www.infowars.com>
Dec. 22, 2003
H.R. 2417, INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION AGREEMENT
Comments of Ron Paul, Congressman for Texas on HR 2417:
"It appears we are witnessing a stealth enactment
of the enormously unpopular 'Patriot II' legislation that was first leaked
several months ago. Perhaps the national outcry when a draft of the Patriot
II act was leaked has led its supporters to enact it one piece at a time
in secret. Whatever the case, this is outrageous and unacceptable. I urge
each of my colleagues to join me in rejecting this bill and its incredibly
dangerous expansion of Federal police powers." http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2003_cr/h112203.html
A Brief Analysis of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act
2003, Also Known as Patriot Act II
By Alex Jones
Congressman Ron Paul
(R-Tex) told the Washington Times that no member of Congress was allowed
to read the first Patriot
Act that was passed by the House on October 27, 2001. The first Patriot
Act was universally decried by civil libertarians and Constitutional scholars
from across the political spectrum. William Safire, while writing for the
New York Times, described the first Patriot Act's powers by saying that
President Bush was seizing dictatorial control.
On February 7, 2003 the Center
for Public Integrity, a non-partisan public interest think-tank in DC,
revealed the full text of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003.
The classified document had been leaked to them by an unnamed source inside
the Federal government. The document consisted of a 33-page section by section
analysis of the accompanying 87-page bill.
*Note: On February 10, 2003 I discovered that not only was
there a house version that had been covertly brought to Hastert, but that
many provisions of the now public Patriot Act II had already been introduced
as pork barrel riders on Senate Bill S. 22. Dozens of subsections
and even the titles of the subsections are identical to those in the House
version. This is very important because it catches the Justice Department
in a bald-faced lie. The Justice Department claimed that the secret legislation
brought into the House was only for study, and that at this time there was
no intention to try and pass it. Now upon reading S. 22, it is clear that
the leadership of the Senate is fully aware of the Patriot Act II, and have
passed these riders out of their committees into the full bill. I spent
two hours scanning through S. 22 and, let me tell you, it is a nightmare
for anyone who loves liberty. It even contains the Our Lady of Peace
Act that registers all gun owners. It bans the private sale of
all firearms, creates a Federal ballistics database, and much more.
There are other bills in the Senate that grant the Federal
government sweeping powers. S.45 states in section one
that the office for State and local government coordination for Homeland
Security will no longer just oversee, but that now local cities critical
functions will be headed by a Federal director. On Tuesday, February 11th,
we noted a story in The Times-Picayune with the headline: Nagin announces
major overhaul of City Hall --New Homeland Security office to oversee cops,
firemen, emergency agency. The Federal power-grab taking place is widespread
and all Americans must mobilize to resist it.
Another interesting bill is S. 16. S. 16
is a smorgasbord of Federal funding and control over local police departments
and needs to be examined closely.
S. 89, The Universal National Service
Act of 2003 is the hallmark of an authoritarian society. The description
of the bill is,
"To provide for the common defense by requiring
that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform
a period of military service of civilian service in furtherance of the
national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes."
We have looked at some of the programs that the Federal government
has already been setting up for service here in the "homeland"
and they include East German-style tattletale squads of every type, which
are just basically a super TIPS program. The nightmare goes on and on. Check
it out for yourself.
The Patriot Act II bill itself is stamped "Confidential
-Not for Distribution." Upon reading the analysis and bill,
I was stunned by the scientifically crafted tyranny contained in the legislation.
The Justice Department Office of Legislative Affairs admits that they had
indeed covertly transmitted a copy of the legislation to Speaker of the
House Dennis Hastert, (R-Il) and the Vice President of the United States,
Dick Cheney as well as the executive heads of federal law enforcement agencies.
It is important to note that no member of Congress
was allowed to see the first Patriot Act before its passage, and that no
debate was tolerated by the House and Senate leadership. The intentions
of the White House and Speaker Hastert concerning Patriot Act II appear
to be a carbon copy replay of the events that led to the unprecedented passage
of the first Patriot Act.
There are two glaring areas that need to be looked at concerning
this new legislation:
1. The secretive tactics being used by the White House and
Speaker Hastert to keep even the existence of this legislation secret would
be more at home in Communist China than in the United States. The fact that
Dick Cheney publicly managed the steamroller passage of the first Patriot
Act, insuring that no one was allowed to read it and publicly threatening
members of Congress that if they didn't vote in favor of it that they would
be blamed for the next terrorist attack, is by the White House's own definition
terrorism. The move to clandestinely craft and then bully passage of any
legislation by the Executive
Branch is clearly an impeachable offence.
2. The second Patriot Act is a mirror image of powers that
Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler gave themselves. Whereas the First Patriot
Act only gutted the First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and seriously
damaged the Seventh and the Tenth, the Second Patriot Act reorganizes
the entire Federal government as well as many areas of state government
under the dictatorial control of the Justice Department, the Office of Homeland
Security and the FEMA NORTHCOM military command.The Domestic
Security Enhancement Act 2003, also known as the Second Patriot Act is by
its very structure the definition of dictatorship.
I challenge all Americans to study the new Patriot Act and
to compare it to the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
Ninety percent of the act has nothing to do with terrorism and is instead
a giant Federalpower-grab with tentacles reaching into every facet of our
society. It strips American citizens of all of their rights and grants the
government and its private agents total immunity.
Here is a quick thumbnail sketch of just some of the draconian
measures encapsulated within this tyrannical legislation:
SECTION 501 (Expatriation of Terrorists)
expands the Bush administration's "enemy combatant" definition
to all American citizens who "may" have violated any provision
of Section 802 of the first Patriot Act. (Section 802 is the new definition
of domestic terrorism, and the definition is "any action that endangers
human life that is a violation of any Federal or State law.") Section
501 of the second Patriot Act directly connects to Section 125 of the same
act. The Justice Department boldly claims that the incredibly broad Section
802 of the First USA Patriot Act isn't broad enough and that a new, unlimited
definition of terrorism is needed.
Under Section 501 a US citizen engaging in lawful activities
can be grabbed off the street and thrown into a van never to be seen again.
The Justice Department states that they can do this because the person "had
inferred from conduct" that they were not a US citizen. Remember Section
802 of the First USA Patriot Act states that any violation of Federal or
State law can result in the "enemy combatant" terrorist designation.
SECTION 201 of the second Patriot Act makes
it a criminal act for any member of the government or any citizen to release
any information concerning the incarceration or whereabouts of detainees.
It also states that law enforcement does not even have to tell the press
who they have arrested and they never have to release the names.
SECTION 301 and 306 (Terrorist Identification
Database) set up a national database of "suspected terrorists"
and radically expand the database to include anyone associated with suspected
terrorist groups and anyone involved in crimes or having supported any group
designated as "terrorist." These sections also set up a national
DNA database for anyone on probation or who has been on probation for any
crime, and orders State governments to collect the DNA for the Federal government.
SECTION 312 gives immunity to law enforcement
engaging in spying operations against the American people and would place
substantial restrictions on court injunctions against Federal violations
of civil rights across the board.
SECTION 101 will designate individual terrorists
as foreign powers and again strip them of all rights under the enemy combatant
SECTION 102 states clearly that any information
gathering, regardless of whether or not those activities are illegal, can
be considered to be clandestine intelligence activities for a SECTION 103
allows the Federal government to use wartime martial law powers domestically
and internationally without Congress declaring that a state of war exists.
SECTION 106 is bone-chilling in its straightforwardness.
It states that broad general warrants by the secret FSIA court (a panel
of secret judges set up in a star chamber system that convenes in an undisclosed
location) granted under the first Patriot Act are not good enough. It states
that government agents must be given immunity for carrying out searches
with no prior court approval. This section throws out the entire Fourth
Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures.
SECTION 109 allows secret star chamber courts
to issue contemp charges against any i ndividual or corporation who refuses
to incriminate themselves or others. This sections annihilate the last vestiges
of the Fifth Amendment.
SECTION 110 restates that key police state
clauses in the first Patriot Act were not sunsetted and removes the five
year sunset clause from other subsections of the first Patriot Act. After
all, the media has told us: "this is the New America. Get used to it.
This is forever."
SECTION 111 expands the definition of the
"enemy combatant" designation.
SECTION 122 restates the government's newly
announced power of surveillance without a court order.
SECTION 123 restates that the government
no longer needs warrants and that the investigations can be a giant dragnet-style
sweep described in press reports about the Total Information Awareness Network.
One passage reads, "thus the focus of domestic surveillance may be
less precise than that directed against more conventional types of crime."
*Note: Over and over again, in subsection after subsection,
the second Patriot Act states that its new Soviet-type powers will be used
to fight international terrorism, domestic terrorism and other types of
crimes. Of course the government has already announced in Section 802 of
the first USA Patriot act that any crime is considered domestic terrorism.
SECTION 126 grants the government the right
to mine the entire spectrum of public and private sector information from
bank records to educational and medical records. This is the enacting law
to allow ECHELON and the Total Information Awareness Network to totally
break down any and all walls of
The government states that they must look at everything to
"determine" if individuals or groups might have a connection to
terrorist groups. As you can now see, you are guilty until proven innocent.
SECTION 127 allows the government to takeover
coroners' and medical examiners' operations whenever they see fit. See how
this is like Bill Clinton's special medical examiner he had in Arkansas
that ruled that people had committed suicide when their arms and legs had
been cut off.
SECTION 128 allows the Federal government
to place gag orders on Federal and State Grand Juries and to take over the
proceedings. It also disallowsindividuals or organizations
to even try to quash a Federal subpoena. So now defending yourself will
be a terrorist action.
SECTION 129 destroys any remaining whistleblower
protection for Federal agents.
SECTION 202 allows corporations to keep secret
their activities with toxic biological, chemical or radiological materials.
SECTION 205 allows top Federal officials
to keep all their financial dealings secret, and anyone investigating them
can be considered a terrorist. This should be very useful for Dick Cheney
to stop anyone investigating Haliburton.
SECTION 303 sets up national DNA database
of suspected terrorists. The database will also be used to "stop other
unlawful activities". It will share the information with state, local
and foreign agencies for the same purposes.
SECTION 311 federalizes your local police
department in the area of information sharing.
SECTION 313 provides liability protection
for businesses, especially big businesses that spy on their customers for
Homeland Security, violating their privacy agreements. It goes on to say
that these are all preventative measures. Has anyone seen Minority Report?
This is the access hub for the Total
Information Awareness Network.
SECTION 321 authorizes foreign governments
to spy on the American people and to share information with foreign governments.
SECTION 322 removes Congress from the extradition
process and allows officers of the Homeland Security complex to extradite
American citizens anywhere they wish. It also allows Homeland Security to
secretly take individuals out of foreign countries.
SECTION 402 is titled "Providing Material
Support to Terrorism." The section reads that there is no requirement
to show that the individual even had the intent to aid terrorists.
SECTION 403 expands the definition of weapons
of mass destruction to include any activity that affects interstate or foreign
SECTION 404 makes it a crime for a terrorist
or "other criminals" to use encryption in the commission of a
SECTION 408 creates "lifetime parole"
(basically, slavery) for a whole host of crimes.
SECTION 410 creates no statute of limitations
for anyone that engages in terrorist actions or supports terrorists. Remember:
any crime is now considered terrorism under the first Patriot Act.
SECTION 411 expands crimes that are punishable
by death. Again, they point to Section 802 of the first Patriot Act and
state that any terrorist act or support of terrorist act can result in the
SECTION 421 increases penalties for terrorist
financing. This section states that any type of financial activity connected
to terrorism will result to time in prison and $10-50,000 fines per violation.
SECTIONS 427 sets up asset forfeiture provisions
for anyone engaging in terrorist activities.
There are many other sections that I did not cover in the
interest of time. The American people were shocked by the despotic nature
of the first Patriot Act. The second Patriot Act dwarfs all police
state legislation in modern world history.
Usually, corrupt governments allow their citizens lots of
wonderful rights on paper, while carrying out their jackbooted oppression
covertly. From snatch and grab operations to warantless searches, Patriot
Act II is an Adolf Hitler wish list.
You can understand why President Bush, Dick Cheney and Dennis
Hastert want to keep this legislation secret not just from Congress, but
the American people as well. Bill Allison, Managing Editor of the Center
for Public Integrity, the group that broke this story, stated on my radio
show that it was obvious that they were just waiting for another terrorist
attack to opportunistically get this new bill through. He then shocked me
with an insightful comment about how the Federal government was crafting
this so that they could go after the American people in general. He also
agreed that the FBI has been quietly
demonizing patriots and Christians and "those who carry around pocket
I have produced two documentary films and written a book about
what really happened on September 11th. The bottom line is this: the military-industrial
complex carried the attacks out as a pretext for control. Anyone who doubts
this just hasn't looked at the mountains of hard evidence.
Of course, the current group of white collar criminals in
the White House might not care that we're finding out the details of their
next phase. Because, after all, when smallpox gets released, or more buildings
start blowing up, the President can stand up there at his lectern suppressing
a smirk, squeeze out a
tear or two, and tell us that "See I was right. I had to take away
your rights to keep you safe. And now it's your fault that all of these
children are dead." From that point on, anyone who criticizes tyranny
will be shouted down by the paid talking head government mouthpieces in
the mainstream media.
You have to admit, it's a beautiful script. Unfortunately,
it's being played out in the real world. If we don't get the word out that
government is using terror to control our lives while doing nothing to stop
the terrorists, we will deserve what we get - tyranny. But our children
won't deserve it.
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