Overview of Changes to Legal Rights in the U.S.

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 9 16:54:09 MDT 2002


(This is a succinct summary of the rights
which have been taken away in the US
since September 11, 2001 by the United
States government, by Associated Press.

(What's even more remarkable is that
this is simply listed as if it were recent
performance records in athletics, with no
comment of any kind from the AP.)
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Overview of Changes to Legal Rights
By The Associated Press

September 5, 2002, 11:44 AM EDT

Some of the fundamental changes to
Americans' legal rights by the Bush
administration and the USA Patriot Act
following the terror attacks:

* FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION:
Government may monitor religious
and political institutions without
suspecting criminal activity to assist
terror investigation.

* FREEDOM OF INFORMATION:
Government has closed once-public
immigration hearings, has secretly
detained hundreds of people without
charges, and has encouraged bureaucrats
to resist public records requests.

* FREEDOM OF SPEECH:
Government may prosecute librarians or
keepers of any other records if they tell
anyone that the government subpoenaed
information related to a terror investigation.

* RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION:
Government may monitor federal prison
jailhouse conversations between attorneys
and clients, and deny lawyers to Americans
accused of crimes.

* FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES:
Government may search and seize Americans' papers
and effects without probable cause to assist terror
investigation.

* RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL:
Government may jail Americans indefinitely
without a trial.

* RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be
jailed without being charged or being able to
confront witnesses against them.

Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press






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