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Patriot Act II: American Totalitarianism

Some of you may remember the first PATRIOT Act, and if you’re a constitutionally-aware citizen, you probably realized that it was an overt power-grab by the Executive Branch in a time of national crisis. Well, you may not be surprised to hear that PATRIOT II is making it’s way stealthily into reality. Of course it’s not called PATRIOT II, because that would be far too obvious, instead it’s called the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003. Alternet has a story on it and so does InfoWars. You can download the entire draft from the Public Integrity website (PDF). If this kind of power-grab sounds un-American and un-Constitutional, it’s because it is, but don’t say you weren’t warned when you get a knock on your door (or have it kicked down) in a search for unregistered guns or to get a DNA sample for the security database.

As an American, I am disturbed that we have slid so far into the darkness of totalitarianism and away from a constitutional democracy. And I fear it will only get worse.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at June 24, 2003 5:02 PM