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USA Patriot Act & Warrants for Bookstores
02 Mar 2002
Modified: 05:01:08 AM
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'' During the congressional debate on John Ashcroft's USA Patriot Act, an American Civil Liberties Union fact sheet on the bill's assaults on the Bill of Rights revealed that Section 215 of the act "would grant FBI agents across the country breathtaking authority to obtain an order from the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court . . . requiring any person or business to produce any books, records, documents, or items."

This is now the law, and as I wrote last week, the FBI, armed with a warrant or subpoena from the FISA court, can demand from bookstores and libraries the names of books bought or borrowed by anyone suspected of involvement in "international terrorism" or "clandestine activities."

Once that information is requested by the FBI, a gag order is automatically imposed, prohibiting the bookstore owners or librarians from disclosing to any other person the fact that they have received an order to produce documents. '' - Nat Hentoff, Village Voice




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Why You Americans Are So Provincial?!!!
02 Mar 2002
It was building up and up like that from the early beginnings in Hitler's Germany.
It was building up and up like that from the early
beginnings in Stalin's Russia.
You have still some - not much - time. But you are
en masse mothers' sons & daughters.
You will produce a lot of words but you are unable
to risk your life to try to crash the totalitarian
fashist military order with English language as info
vector... Russian and German, c'est hier.
Prepare a small bag with food and shoes and warm clothes.American concentration/production camps shall not
be much different. Well, try to escape if you cannot
fight...Don't be ashamed of it. Some prostitutes
sell themself for a piece of bread. You will have
a salary, a family, a place in society, a possibility
to express yourself in the progressive and dissident
press. Have a good luck!