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Alaska Passes Anti-Patriot Act Resolution

May 23 Alaska has joined a growing national rebellion against the USA Patriot Act, voting to oppose the massive federal anti-terrorism law passed by Congress soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The state Legislature used some of the strongest language yet in passing a resolution condemning USA Patriot, following the lead of Hawaii and 112 cities, towns and counties around the country that have passed similar resolutions against the law.
The Alaskan measure passed in the state House, with 27 Republicans and 13 Democrats, by a vote of 32-1. It passed 19-0 in the Senate Wednesday. There are 12 Republicans and eight Democrats in the state Senate.

Full article at

 http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/alaska_patriot030523.html

Note the spin in the article. Similar to so much media spin on this issue we again see the media slant in this article. The spin appears to be telling us that "if you want security, then you must sacrifice your freedom". This is the classical illusion put forth by gangster regimes since the beginning of time. We are expected to believe that somehow we will be more "secure" if we only agree to give up our "freedom". Another word for extracting something of value via threat of violence is "extortion".

Sure beats.... 26.May.2003 21:23

gk

Alaska sure beats Washington. WA can't pass a budget, but they can pass a stupid "Up-Skirt" photography law. really useless. Not to mention cutbacks in health insurance, 0 pay raises, and slashes in state programs. Wash finally mustered a 5 cent gas tax increase, something we should have passed about 5 years ago. (do I hear clap-clapping?)

Now...does federal law supercede state law? It didn't in Oregon with Death w/Dignity. Am I right? gk.

Interesting facts 27.May.2003 19:59

ranger

Now a few more expatriots will be arriving in your state, protesting the fact that Multnomah County taxpayers dared to take some money from their earnings to support their schools. Yes, there are better ways to support schools, but the rich won't go for it.

bush and hitler 30.May.2003 09:38

Mandy

Bush reminds me so much of Hitler. Hitler also "fought terrorism" by taking away civil liberties. Actually he delivered a speech that sounded exactly like what Bush said not too long ago... I'll try to find those speeches and post them sometime.

Will ORegon be the next State to pass an ANTI PATRIOT ACT RESOLUTION 03.Jun.2003 08:25

t42jl

Will Oregon become the next state to adopt a resolution opposing the USA PATRIOT ACT? Hawaii, Vermont and Alaska have already done so. Many municipalities including Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia have done so. More than 18 million Americans are covered by a surge of anti-PATRIOT ACT resolutions nationwide. Will Oregon be next? How will our State legislators react to requests by citizens to put forth such a resolution? You can ask State Senator Ginny Burdick and State Congresswoman Mary Nolan who were faxed request to do just this.
PLEASE CALL EMAIL OR FAX YOUR STATE SENATOR AND CONGRESS PERSON TODAY> ASK THEM TO PASS A RESOLUTION AGAINST THE PATRIOT ACT!
To find your State legislators go to:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/findset.htm

From aclu.org

ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Civil Liberties Union today applauded passage of House Joint Resolution 22 by the state legislature enforcing the protection of individual liberties for all Alaskans in the face of intrusive federal actions taken since 9/11. The pro-civil liberties resolution makes Alaska the strongest critic of the federal government''s controversial USA PATRIOT Act and initiates policies prohibiting enforcement of the law at the state level.
Alaska''s resolution is the 114th of its kind to pass in a city, county or state jurisdiction around the country. Over 13 million Americans are now covered by these resolutions. Alaska''s is the second statewide resolution.
""This resolution affirms the motto of Alaska, ''North to the Future,''"" said Jennifer Rudinger, Executive Director of the AkCLU. ""As a state, we have always led the Lower 48 in respecting and ensuring the individual rights of our residents under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This exceptionally strong resolution reflects our dedication to civil liberties and our deep-seated belief that Alaska -- and America -- can be both safe and free.""
The Alaska House of Representatives overwhelmingly adopted the resolution, which has enjoyed strong bipartisan support since its introduction, with a 37 to 1 vote. The Alaska Senate passed it unanimously on May 20th, with a 19 to 0 vote. The Alaska resolution is one of the strongest to pass in the nation to date. House Majority Leader Rep. John Coghill (R-North Pole) and Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) both played key roles in getting the resolution passed, as did Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage).
The Alaska resolution explicitly prohibits state agencies from engaging in racial profiling and prohibits the use of state resources or institutions for the enforcement of federal immigration matters. It also bars state agencies from creating intelligence dossiers on the political, religious and social views of individuals and organizations, unless the information directly relates to an investigation of criminal activities.
Further, in the absence of reasonable suspicion of criminal activity under Alaska state law, it prohibits participation in investigations, detentions and surveillance as well as seizure of personal library, medical, financial, student and sales records, even when authorized by the PATRIOT Act. Additionally, the resolution calls upon the Alaskan Congressional delegation to work to correct sections of the USA PATRIOT Act and other measures that unduly restrict personal freedoms.
The joint resolution is a direct response to the USA PATRIOT Act, the federal anti-terrorism bill that was rushed through Congress in the weeks after September 11, 2001, with little debate. Although some provisions in the bill are non-controversial, others expand government surveillance and law enforcement powers far beyond anything conceivably necessary to prevent terrorism or catch terrorists.
""Security and liberty are not mutually exclusive, and while it is unclear how much safer the PATRIOT Act makes us, it clearly makes us less free,"" said Rudinger. ""Our own Congressman Don Young, one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress, called the USA PATRIOT Act the ''worst piece of legislation we ever passed.'' Conservatives, centrists and liberals alike are wary of too much government power over our lives -- this resolution affirms Alaskan''s bipartisan commitment to protecting civil liberties.""