PBS' NOW With Bill Moyers Exposes Secret Draft Bill from the Department of Justice to Extend Powers of the Patriot Act

Mike Friedman mikedf at amnh.org
Fri Feb 7 21:54:18 MST 2003


Published on Friday, February 7, 2003 by CommonDreams.org
PBS' NOW With Bill Moyers Exposes Secret Draft Bill from the Department of
Justice to Extend Powers of the Patriot Act


Tonight, on Friday, February 7 at 9 P.M. on PBS (check local listings at
http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html), NOW with Bill Moyers will provide
details of a Justice Department draft of a bill designed to extend the
powers of the Patriot Act. The draft bill was provided exclusively to NOW
by the Center for Public Integrity, [www.publicintegrity.org], which
obtained it from a confidential government source. The document, entitled
the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, outlines significant
broadening of law enforcement powers, including domestic intelligence
gathering, surveillance, and law enforcement prerogatives, while decreasing
public access to information and judicial review authority.

Dr. David Cole, Georgetown University Law professor and author of Terrorism
and the Constitution assessed the document for NOW with Bill Moyers and the
Center for Public Integrity. "I think this is a quite radical proposal. It
authorizes secret arrests. It would give the Attorney General essentially
unchecked authority to deport anyone who he thought was a danger to our
economic interests. It would strip citizenship from people for lawful
political associations," he told NOW's Roberta Baskin. "And...it has not
been put on the table so there can be a discussion about it."

NOW interviewed executive director of the Center for Public Integrity,
Charles Lewis, in New York on Thursday. When asked to gauge the
significance of the document Lewis responded: "It just deepens and
broadens, further extends the first Patriot Act," he says. "And it's
arguably...a more thorough rendering of all the things law enforcement and
intelligence agencies would like to have in a perfect world. I think it's a
very tough document when it comes to secrecy and surveillance."

Share your views on the issues and read more about the secret document at
http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/lewis.html.




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