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SB 742 is Senator Minnis's propsed legislation to make a crime of terrorism and punish by life imprisonment.
Under his legislation, you are a Terrorist if you: 1) Disrupt the public. 2) Disrupt transportation. 3) Disrupt the schools. They are holding a hearing on this in Salem on Monday. If it passes, anything from signing a petition, to peaceful protesting, to school walk-outs could be considered terrorism. DO NOT LET THIS SLIP THROUGH WHILE WE ARE FOCUSED ON THE WAR IN IRAQ! CALL SENATOR MINNIS AT 503 986-1725. DEMAND THAT THE BILL BE QUASHED AND THAT SENATOR MINNIS RESIGN IMMEDIATELY. BE IN SALEM MONDAY MORNING AT 8AM TO PROTEST.
urgent 21.Mar.2003 12:04


i can't believe that nutcase!!

here is complete contact info:
Senator Minnis
 sen.johnminnis@state.or.us900 Court St. NE
Room S-311
Salem, OR 97301
Phn: 503-986-1725
Fax: 503- 986-1201

Sample letter to send 21.Mar.2003 14:46


(Here is a sample letter to send regarding Oregon Senate Bill 742 - we have to make sure this legislation is shot down!)

Dear Senators,

As a resident of Oregon and patriotic American, I feel dutybound to voice my opinion regarding the upcoming legislation, Senate Bill 742.

Specifically, this part of it:

SECTION 1. { + (1) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the person knowingly plans, participates in or carries out any act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to disrupt: (a) The free and orderly assembly of the inhabitants of the State of Oregon; (b) Commerce or the transportation systems of the State of Oregon; or (c) The educational or governmental institutions of the State of Oregon or its inhabitants. (2) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the person conspires to do any of the activities described in subsection (1) of this section. (3) A person may not be convicted of terrorism except upon the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act or upon confession in open court. (4)(a) A person convicted of terrorism shall be punished by imprisonment for life.

The public's right to protest is fundemental to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Protest sometimes involves the disruption of commerce / transportation systems - and engages itself on education and government grounds. The thought of peaceful protestors being given life in prison for civil disobedience against the government would offer a chilling effect on free speech - and paint Oregon in a decidedly undemocratic light.

This legislation is heavy-handed and has to potential for serious rights abuse. Its definition of terrorism is vauge and infringes on some of our most basic civil liberties.

I strongly urge you to reject this legislation when it is considered on Monday, March 24th.