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News :: Education
California Enacts Resolution Critical of USA PATRIOT Act!
27 Feb 2006
By a vote of 23 to 10 the California Senate on February 16th passed a
Resolution critical of the USA PATRIOT Act!
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    The Resolution passed
the California Assembly in January, making California the eighth state
and 404th governmental body to protest attacks on basic Freedoms by
the USA Patriot Act.        For the latest information on the trend see:  
http://bordc.org/

The USA Patriot Act was passed by Congress without due
consideration in the wake of the 9-11 disaster.   (The actual bill was not
widely available until after the voting.)   Over 25 Billion dollars was spent
yearly on intelligence gathering and evaluation prior to the 9-11 attack.    
In spite of this huge expenditure of personnel and money , our
intelligence community was apparently unable to uncover this massive
terror operation which was taking place under their collective noses.      
Was any agency or individual held accountable for the death and
destruction this tragic lapse allowed to happen?     No, the usual
government answers to a disaster were employed.     Throw money at
the problem by expanding an intelligence community which obviously
wasn't working very well, and curtail the Freedoms of law abiding
citizens.      See the article by John McManus at:  
http://www.thenewamerican.com/artman/publish/article_3012.shtml

Were our borders strengthened so that terrorists couldn't continue to
saunter over them?    No!     Were illegal aliens or aliens on expired or
fraudulent visas picked up and deported?      No!      Have the
governments' answers to terrorism increased your safety or Freedom?    
 No!      But now we are required to have our shoes inspected when
preparing to board an airliner, so that weapons cannot be hidden under
our big toes.      

The Patriot Act is not aimed at those who break our laws, it is aimed at
law abiding citizens which is resulting in one of the largest power grabs
by the Executive Branch in the history of our nation.    The Patriot Act
does not need to be reauthorized for another four years or permanently.  
It does not need cosmetic alterations which do little to restrain an
out-of-control Executive Branch.   The USA Patriot Act needs to be
rescinded, period.     Congress needs to be given an F on this and told
to do it over again, this time within the framework of the Constitution and
the Bill of Rights!      See the USA Patriot Act Rescission Bill of 2006 at:    
http://www.usiap.org/ActionItems/PatriotBill/PatriotBillText.html



Please take the following actions to protect your Freedom:

1.      Send a copy of the Bill to rescind the USA Patriot Act to your
Senators and Representative asking them to sponsor this or a similar
bill.    

2.      Call or send a letter to your Senators and Representative objecting
to any extension of the sunset provisions of the Act.    202-224-3121    By
agreement with the Senate Majority leader, the vote will not be taken
before March 1, 2006. For a sample letter see:  
http://www.capwiz.com/jbs/issues/alert/?alertid=8358876&type=CO

3.      Support a resolution against the Patriot Act in your city, town, county
or state.    See a sample Resolution and instructions at:      
http://bordc.org/involved/tools.php

4.      Pray for the Freedom of your country, and that Congress will stand
firm in defense of that Freedom.




Congress still holds the power to restrain the Executive Branch.    
Members of Congress need to have their spines stiffened by their
constituents in order to do so.   Consistent communication with your
Senators and Representative is needed to insure that special interest
lobbies and the Beltway Insiders lose their current control of Congress.    
The momentum is beginning to change toward the Freedom position.    
We must extend every effort to continue and accelerate this trend.



For Freedom,

Will Christensen
National Chairman
Independent American Party
http://www.usiap.org



Those of you who are willing to spend an hour or two weekly to
preserve our Freedom by contacting Congress and your fellow citizens
may join The Committee of Correspondence at:
http://www.usiap.org/Join/Join.htm

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