There is an event tonight sponsored by the Oregon State Bar at the Oregon convention center. What is unique and pertinent about this event is that the author of most of the US Patriot Act will be presenting on the topic, "Civil liberties before and after 9/11". To find out more you can go to the link at the top of this message or just show up tonight. The event is free and open to all. It is from 7-9 PM at the convention center downtown. Remember, informing yourself about your rights is the only way you can preserve them and make important political decisions. If you do not know much about the Patriot Act I strongly encourage you to go. It is impossible to live in a democracy if the citizens do not actively seek to gain information about and participate in government. What are we without democracy?