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26 Sep 2003
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Civil Rights and Liberties in Dean's Vermont

Dean recently has strongly criticized the Patriot Act and Ashcroft. Dean's record reveals that his policy in Vermont was to appoint judges that would ignore "legal technicalities" (i.e. the Bill of Rights). He publicly stated this policy in a 1997 Vermont Press Bureau interview. His record shows that he appointed anti-civil-rights judges. Dean increased prison funding 150% during his tenure in Vermont. Dean called for ďa re-evaluation of the importance of some of our specific civil libertiesĒ post 9-11. Dean will say anything to gather votes, regardless of his record and what his true feelings are concerning an issue.

Deanís closest friend and favorite appointee, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell, is currently fighting vigorously in the federal courts to allow Vermont to close courthouses to the press and citizens for any reason without hearing, court findings, trial or Due Process in direct contravention of First Amendment requirements concerning closure of courtrooms. According to Sorrell, simply criticizing the government or reporting on court corruption can justify banishment for life from Vermont courthouses. Dean and Sorrellís courthouse secrecy policy can be invoked with unfettered discretion by a single government employee based upon the way one looks, the way one thinks, oneís political views or any other arbitrary standard without opportunity for the banished persons to challenge the sanction consistent with Due Process. This is civil rights in Vermont after Dean finished his appointments.

Dean's covert implementation of a Vermont Patriot Act in the 1990s by simply appointing anti-Bill-of-Rights judges and placing Sorrell in the Attorney Generalís office is far worse than any piece of federal legislation now in place. Unlike legislation, Dean's covert Vermont Patriot Act can not be repealed or modified and it oppresses Vermonters to this day. Whatever oneís opinion of the Patriot Act, it was at least done in public view. Dean chose to oppress the people of Vermont and subvert the Bill of Rights in secrecy behind closed doors via appointments. He now claims to be a civil liberties champion.

Deanís criticism of Ashcroft is a sham and directly contradicts his record in Vermont. His conduct in Vermont was far worse than any allegations he directs at Ashcroft.

-- Scott Huminski

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Dean is FAR from Ashcroft! (english)
26 Sep 2003
The writer must be a democrat voter that is TRYING to ruin Dr. Dean.
I have been a third party voter for more than 12 years. I WILL vote for Dr. Dean this election. Mr. Dean is intelligent, sincere and straightforward.
Not like the other democrats.
There is no way Dr. Dean agrees with any of the Patriot Act, or Ashcrofts beliefs.
As far as the writers story goes? I doubt most of it. And so should everyone who reads it. Until there is fact? It's fiction.
Want some true information? Go to Deans web site. Read his past and ideas for the future. I did. I was impressed. You'd be too!
Peace to the world.
Another Dean Smear (english)
26 Sep 2003
Kris, I agree with you that this post by Scott is not credible. His leading accusation that "Dean increased prison funding 150% during his tenure in Vermont. is nutty--even if it was true.

Scott does not know what Dean's tenure was, or else he wants to keep it secret, to help with the deception. Dean was the Vermont governor from 1991-2002, a period of 11 years. A 150% increase during a period of time when there has been a massive increase of the prison population in America is a great record. Most states have had much larger increases in prison budgets.

America with 5% of the world's population has 25% of the world's prison population. It's a growth industry. At the current rate of increase we will all be in jail in a few decades.