Patriot Act Info


Mar 24, 2002
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One individual told me these are just generalizations, rather than
examples of what the law does.
Excuse me?
Ummm...the Bill of Rights has been shredded.
I have a .44 Ruger Blackhawk loaded with "generalizations." Does
anybody need to know what it "does?"
[The same guy using a different alias?]told me "prove it" when I
stated that Congress didn't even have copies of the bill before they
ratified it into law.
--People do watch the news and actually remember.

Some of the "generalizations" of the USA PATRIOT Act:

1) 4th Amendment: Protection from Unlawful Search and Seizure
Now any Law Enforcemrent Agency need only tell a judge that
they need a search warrant, and the judge
must issue them a BLANK warrant.
They don't have to specify exactly what is to be searched for and
they can fill that in later after the "fishing expedition."

"Among other things, it mandates that judges give police search
warrants when they ask for them, for any reason. In fact, judges can't
deny these warrants to police, because police don't need a stated
reason to ask for them."

"The USA Patriot Act, now passed and the law of the land, has
eliminated the Constitutional guarantee of probable cause when
investigating a crime, and now allows the police -- at any time and
any reason -- to enter and search your house, your files, your bank
account -- and not even tell you about it."

* It expands the ability of the government to conduct secret
searches -- again in anti-terrorism investigations and in routine
criminal investigations unrelated to terrorism. [Unrelated to
terrorism -- that means anything they want it to mean...]

* It grants the FBI broad access to sensitive medical, financial,
mental health, and educational records about individuals without
having to show evidence of a crime and without a court order. [It
means they can do what they want for no good reason...]

1. The USA Patriot Act allows the government to use its intelligence
gathering power to circumvent the standard that must be met for
criminal wiretaps. Currently FISA surveillance, which does not contain
many of the same checks and balances that govern wiretaps for criminal
purposes, can be used only when foreign intelligence gathering is the
primary purpose. The new law allows use of FISA surveillance authority
even if the primary purpose were a criminal investigation.
Intelligence surveillance merely needs to be only a "significant"
purpose. This provision authorizes unconstitutional physical searches
and wiretaps: though it is searching primarily for evidence of crime,
law enforcement conducts a search without probable cause of crime.

2. The USA Patriot Act extends a very low threshold of proof for
access to Internet communications that are far more revealing than
numbers dialed on a phone. Under current law, a law enforcement agent
can get a pen register or trap and trace order requiring the telephone
company to reveal the numbers dialed to and from a particular phone.
To get such an order, law enforcement must simply certify to a judge
who must grant the order -- that the information to be obtained is
"relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation." This is a very low
level of proof, far less than probable cause. This provision
apparently applies to law enforcement efforts to determine what
websites a person had visited, which is like giving law enforcement
the power -- based only on its own certification -- to require the
librarian to report on the books you had perused while visiting the
public library. This provision extends a low standard of proof -- far
less than probable cause -- to actual "content" information.

4. The Act also grants the FBI broad access in "intelligence"
investigations to records about a person maintained by a business. The
FBI need only certify to a court that it is conducting an intelligence
investigation and that the records it seeks may be relevant. With this
new power, the FBI can force a business to turn over a person's
educational, medical, financial, mental health and travel records
based on a very low standard of proof and without meaningful judicial

The ACLU noted that the FBI already had broad authority to monitor
telephone and Internet communications. Most of the changes apply not
just to surveillance of terrorists, but instead to all surveillance in
the United States.
The Act also allows for the broad sharing of sensitive information in
criminal cases with intelligence agencies, including the CIA, the NSA,
the INS and the Secret Service. It permits sharing of sensitive grand
jury and wiretap information without judicial review or any safeguards
regarding the future use or dissemination of such information.

* It puts the CIA and other intelligence agencies back in the
business of spying on Americans by giving the Director of Central
Intelligence the authority to identify priority targets for
intelligence surveillance in the United States. [This is what
America worked so hard for all those years to eliminate.]

* [It keeps judges out the process and lets cops do what they want
(cops meaning FBI, CIA, etc.)] It minimizes judicial supervision
of telephone and Internet surveillance by law enforcement
authorities in anti-terrorism investigations and in routine
criminal investigations unrelated to terrorism. [Unrelated to
terrorism -- that means anything. How long do you think before that
includes political dissent?...]

2) 5th and 6th Amendments - Due Process of Law.

* Violates the Fifth Amendment by allowing for indefinite
incarceration without trial for those deemed by the Attorney
General to be threats to national security. The Fifth Amendment
guarantees that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or
property without due process of law, and the Patriot Act does away
with due process. It even allows people to be kept in prison for
life without even a trial.

* It creates a broad new definition of "domestic terrorism" that
could sweep in people who engage in acts of political protest and
subject them to wiretapping and enhanced penalties. [This means
they can jail anyone who disagrees with them, and keep them in
jail for life without a trial.]

* Violates the Sixth Amendment guarantee of the right to a speedy
and public trial. Now you may get no trial at all, ever.


* Violates the Eighth Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment).

* Violates the 13th Amendment (punishment without conviction).

The law also creates a new crime of "domestic terrorism." The new
offense threatens to transform protesters into terrorists if they
engage in conduct that "involves acts dangerous to human life."
Members of Operation Rescue, the Environmental Liberation Front and
Greenpeace, for example, have all engaged in activities that could
subject them to prosecution as terrorists. Then, under this law, the
dominos begin to fall. Those who provide lodging or other assistance
to these "domestic terrorists" could have their homes wiretapped and
could be prosecuted.
[If you have any doubt that these are the trappings of a police state,
then you need to go back to elementary school and read about the
Constitution, which we no longer have.]



Mar 24, 2002
I honestly don't know very much about this act. Please post info if you have it.. So far as I can see, it's quite similar to "The Enabling Act" of 1933.

For comparison, I've included it below:


Mar 24, 2002
Year Events
1930 9/14: 107 National Socialist deputies are elected to the Reichstag (20% of the vote), making the Nazis Germany's second largest party. Social Democrats remain the largest party in the Reichstag, Germany's Parliament.


1/30: Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg. The Sturm Abteilung (Nazi party private police, also known as "Brown Shirts") celebrate Hitler's accession to power with a torchlight parade through Berlin. Violence breaks out all over Germany between the Sturm Abteilung and communists.

2/1: Under pressure from Hitler, Hindenburg orders the dissolution of the Reichstag. New elections are called for March 5, 1933.

2/4: Law for the Protection of the German People: this law restricted demonstrations, freedom of speech, freedom of press, and ordered the confiscation of literature considered to be dangerous to the state.

2/5: All Communist Party buildings and printing presses are confiscated.

2/24: Nazi police raid the Communist Party headquarters in Berlin and claim to have discovered plans for a Communist uprising. Formerly private armies of the Nazi Party, the Stahlhelm (Steel Helmet), the Sturm Abteilung (SA) and SS are officially granted auxiliary police status.

2/27: Reichstag, the German Parliament building, is burned. Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch Communist, is arrested.

2/28: The Nazi party newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter accuses communists of a plot to seize power. Law for the Protection of People and the State abolishes the following rights: free speech, free press, sanctity of the home, security of mail and telephone, freedom to assemble or form organizations and the inviolability of private property. This law also cleared the way for the Nazis to put their political opponents in prison and establish concentration camps.

Sometime in March: Librarians Wolfgang Herrmann and Wilhelm Schuster publish the first attack on "un-German" literature in the professional library journals, entitled "Erklärung und Aufruf" ("Clarification and Entreaty").

3/3: Hitler (speaking in Frankfurt): "I don't have to worry about justice; my mission is only to destroy and exterminate, nothing more."

3/5: Election creates the Third Reich. The Nazi party has a majority of Parliament.

3/6: The emergency decree For the Protection of the German People restricts the opposition press and information services.

3/9: The SA sponsors anti-Jewish riots throughout Germany.

3/11: "Reich Ministry of People's Enlightenment and Propaganda" is created by law; it is to be headed by Josef Goebbels.

3/20: The first concentration camp is established at Dachau near Munich.

3/22: Berlin: The Gestapo searches Albert Einstein's apartment.

3/23: The Enabling Act ended parliamentary practice in Germany, giving Hitler's government power to enact laws without parliamentary sanction.

4/1: Hitler imposes a nationwide, one-day boycott of Jewish businesses, physicians and lawyers. Armed SA men are deployed to block the entrances to Jewish-owned shops and stores. Signs are posted in English implying that Jewish claims of persecution are false.

4/7: Two new laws are passed: The Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service is which gives the state authority to dismiss all politically unwanted persons from Civil Service jobs; university and library personnel were especially hard hit. The Law concerning State Governors deprived the German states their traditional jurisdiction over cultural and educational affairs.

4/8: A memorandum to Nazi Student Organizations proposes that "culturally destructive" books from public, state and university libraries be collected and burned. --Steig (1992): 92

4/13: The Deutsche Studentenschaft (German Students' Association) begins their cultural war by posting their "Wider den undeutschen Geist" ("Against the un-German Spirit") posters all over Germany. The virulently anti-Semitic poster lists the ways they intend to "cleanse" German language and literature.

4/25: The Law for Preventing Overcrowding in German Schools and Colleges is declared, limiting "non-Aryan" admittance to institutions of higher education to 1.5 %.

4/26: The Gestapo begins it's state-sanctioned reign of terror.

5/2: All independent and Socialist trade unions in Germany are closed down and dissolved on Hitler's orders.

5/5: Cologne: University students burn books on Judaism or those written by Jewish authors.

5/6: Berlin: 80 members of Nazi student organizations and Sturm Abteiling (SA) raid the Institute for Sexual Research. In less than an hour, they gathered nearly half a ton of books, pamphlets, and teaching materials to be burned at the May 10th book-burning.

5/10: Berlin: Goebbels organizes Nazi student organizations and SA troops to ransack public libraries and the library of the Humboldt University, and burn the books at the Opernplatz. Goebbels speaks before the crowd about the harm that "un-German" literature does to society.

5/16: Librarian Wolfgang Herrmann publishes his "Principles for Sanitizing Public and Lending Libraries" in a professional librarianship journal. It contains one of the earliest lists of authors and titles targeted for removal or destruction.

5/18: Heidelberg: "Students" conduct a book-burning on the university campus, preceded by a torchlight procession through the town. By this date, burnings had also been conducted in Frankfurt, Göttingen, Cologne, Hamburg, Dortmund, Halle, Nuremberg, Würzburg, Hannover, Munich, Münster, Königsberg, Koblenz, and Salzburg.

5/22: Berlin: Nazi secret police (Gestapo) raid public and private libraries and confiscate 500 tons of Marxist materials, including works by Karl Marx, Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxembourg, as well as that of Bolshevik leaders. The confiscated books and papers were pulped and auctioned off to paper mills.

6/22: Hermann Goering issues a decree instructing all government employees to spy on each other.

7/5: The Catholic Center Party dissolves; the Nazis become the only active political party in the Reichstag.

7/7: Several German universities announce that Jewish students will not receive their degrees.

7/14: The creation of new political parties is prohibited and The Law on Plebiscites is passed. All political opposition to Nazism is now outlawed and it becomes the one and only political party in Germany. Under the Law on the Revocation of Naturalization and Deprivation of German Citizenship of Jews, German citizenship may be taken away from people designated as "undesirables."

7/20: According to The Holocaust Project, "a number of contemporary historians consider this to be the day Hitler's dictatorship of Germany actually began." Germans are required to use the Hitler salute for general greeting.

7/21: Nuremberg: Hundreds of Jewish store owners are arrested by the SA and paraded through the streets for hours.

7/25: Passage of the Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring.

7/29: Professor Fischer, the new Rector of the University of Berlin says in his inaugural address: "The new leadership, having only just taken over the reins of power, is deliberately and forcefully intervening in the course of history and in the life of the nation, precisely where this intervention is most urgently, most decisively, and most immediately needed. To be sure, this need can only be perceived by those who are able to see and to think within a biological framework, but it is understood by these people to be a matter of the gravest and most weighty concern. This intervention can be characterized as a biological population policy, biological in this context signifying the safeguarding by the state of our hereditary endowment and our race, as opposed to the unharnessed processes of heredity, selection, and elimination."

9/22: Reich Chamber of Culture Law is created to control all literature, press, radio, theater, music and art. "Non-Aryans" are restricted from contributing in these areas. Josef Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda will direct these efforts.

10/4: Law regulating the function of editors of newspapers and periodicals.

10/23: Martin Buber and 51 other Jewish educators are fired from their positions at German universities.

12/18: Another Nazi decree bars Jews from the field of journalism and its associated professions.


6/5: Book reviewing by persons and organizations unaligned with the Nazi party and government is restricted. Goebbels' Chamber of Culture is to "coordinate" official literary criticism.

9/15: Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor. This law, one of the notorious Nürnberg laws, excluded all Jewish and Jewish-related authors, publishers, editors, etc. from the cultural life of Germany.


House Member
Feb 16, 2003
Ashcroft Out of Control
Ominous Sequel to USA Patriot Act
February 28th, 2003 3:00 PM

Many of the new security measures proposed by our government in the name of fighting the "war on terror" are not temporary. They are permanent changes to our laws. Even the measures that, on the surface, appear to have been adopted only as long as the war on terror lasts, could be with us indefinitely. Because, as Homeland Security director Tom Ridge himself has warned, terrorism is a "permanent condition to which America must . . . adjust." —American Civil Liberties Union, January 29

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