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Ashcroft's new "Victory Act"

taken from  link to www.nydailynews.com
Ashcroft tour to plug terror bill

WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft is hitting the road to rally support for the Victory Act, which would further expand his powers to go after Al Qaeda and narcoterrorists, the Daily News has learned.

Ashcroft will starting pushing the Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act later this month in a 10-day, 20-state Victory tour that includes a stop in New York.

But the nation's top cop is facing tough opposition from critics on both the right and left, who fear Ashcroft is eroding civil rights.

The Justice Department's reach was vastly increased by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with the Patriot Act.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is expected to introduce the Victory Act next month. If passed, the feds would be allowed to:

# Clamp down on Arab hawala transactions, where cash exchanged in an honor system has been funneled to terrorists.

# Get business records without a court order in terrorism probes and delay notification.

# Track wireless communications with a roving warrant.

# Increase sentences for drug kingpins to 40 years in prison and $4 million in fines.

James Gordon Meek


Originally published on August 6, 2003
as suspected. 08.Aug.2003 15:05

this thing here

>Increase sentences for drug kingpins to 40 years in prison and $4 million in fines.<

this has nothing to do with terrorism. this gives the lie to whole purpose of this bill, along with the PATRIOT Act.

just as the PATRIOT Act is merely a rewrite of u.s. criminal law and strengthening of federal law enforcement to police state power, so to is this bill.

tokers are terrorists 23.Aug.2003 15:11

critical eye

Hello everyone,

I was listening to KPFA (Pacifica Network, in Berkeley) when I first heard about this bill. They mentioned that the VICTORY Act would give the law enforcement officials the authority to categorize drug dealers and drug users as terrorist suspects, as well as subject them to "sneak and peek" searches. I am still trying to find the actual text of the act...maybe it is still in process. Does anyone know if this is factually true?

Thanks,
Critial Eye, Oakland

correction on that last subject title 23.Aug.2003 15:17

critical eye

I didn't mean to state that previous title as a fact, but as a question. I personally don't agree with the Bush Administration's stance.
Sorry for any quickened heart rates.

Critical Eye, Oakland

Who thinks of these thigs? 10.Jan.2007 12:26

Locke

This is insane. As if the patriot act was not enough. But now, wireless tracking. Somebody needs to put a stop to this