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Multnomah Democrats Endorse Resolution

Political mainstream joins fight against USA PATRIOT Act.

At their meeting this evening, the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee endorsed our proposed civil liberties resolution via the following adopted text:

Whereas we believe that all of the factors that are noted in "A Resolution Regarding the USA PATRIOT Act and the Protection of Civil Rights and Liberties" as resolved by the Portland Bill of Rights Defense Committee are correct;
We resolve to support the noted resolution and allow the Portland Bill of Rights Defense Committee to use our name concerning this resolution and to notify the following parties ourselves of our support:
? Mayor Vera Katz
? Portland City Council Members
? Multnomah County Commissioners
? State Legislators from Multnomah County
? U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer
? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
? U.S. Senator Gordon Smith
? Oregon State Democratic Party

We thank the MCDCC for their endorsement, and note that the resolution's endorsements now include Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and Socialists.

Here is the current list of organizational endorsements:

? 36 Invisibles Arts Network
? Cascadia Forest Alliance
? Che-Leila Youth Brigade (Portland)
? Democratic Socialists of America (Oregon)
? Dignity Village
? Friends of Sabeel (North America)
? Friends of Peace and Justice in the Holy Land
? Jobs with Justice
? Libertarian Party of Oregon (Multnomah County)
? Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee
? National Lawyer's Guild (Portland)
? Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering
? Pacific Green Party of Oregon
? Pacific Green Party (Portland Metro)
? Physicians for Social Responsibility (Oregon)
? Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
? tearitalldown.com

homepage: homepage: http://portland-or.bordc.org/
address: address: 4117 SE Division Street, PMB #428, Portland OR 97202-1646

Hot Doggie! 13.Mar.2003 21:17


What about the Republicans?!?

Republicans???? 14.Mar.2003 17:26


The Republicans are isolationists. They won't support anything uless it directly benefits them and/or their corporate interests.

Remember McCall 14.Mar.2003 17:46

democrats & republicans are the same

You disgrace the memory of Tom McCall.

Remember: during the Veit Nam war, the Democrats supported the War.

It was NW republicans like Tom McCall who spoke against the war, worked for environmental protection, and who paved the wya for citizen-based landuse planning.

also... 14.Mar.2003 18:50

Portland Bill of Rights Defense Committee

It was Republican Dick Armey who included a provision to ban Operation TIPS in the Homeland Security Act of 2002. There's a Republican co-sponsor of Representative Bernie Sanders' bill to repeal that portion of the USA PATRIOT Act which affects booksellers and libraries. And the growing opposition to further infringements upon civil liberties spreads across the spectrum from the American Civil Liberties Union, to the American Conservative Union, to the American Library Association, to the Eagle Forum, and countless stops in between any of these.

Which doesn't inherently mean that the local Republican Party would endorse the local civil liberties resolution. But one never knows.

Right Wing Republicans on the Patriot Act 14.Mar.2003 21:55

Kilgore Trout

The Secret Patriot Act II Destroys What Is Left of American Liberty

A Brief Analysis of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003, Also Known as Patriot Act II
By Alex Jones
(Posted Feb 10, 2003)

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.

and the article goes on from here. So there are lots of rightwing conservative types who hate this stuff too. Check out www.lewrockwell.com too.

Q for Kilgore 15.Mar.2003 10:45


Could you point me to the passages of S. 22 which are PATRIOT II reconstituted? Thanks in advance.