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Kill Oregon Sentate Bill 742

Enclosed is a form letter to send out regarding Oregon Senate Bill 742. This bill, sponsored by Oregon Senator John Minnis of Fairview (which will be considered Monday, March 24) would make interfering with commerce, transportation, education or government systems (read civil disobedience) punishable by life in prison - as an act of "terrorism".

Need I say more?
Please send this letter and contact your Oregon Senator immediately regarding this legislation!

Senator John Minnis

Oregon State Senate page

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 vague 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.


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Check your grammer before sending 21.Mar.2003 16:00

not a professor or anything

If you are going to send this out please check the grammer. If you would rather have them read it than laugh at it.