1. The secretive tactics being used by the White House and
Speaker Hastert to keep even the existence of this
legislation secret would be more at home in Communist China
than in the United States. The fact that Dick Cheney
publicly managed the steamroller passage of the first
Patriot Act, insuring that no one was allowed to read it and
publicly threatening members of Congress that if they didn’t
vote in favor of it that they would be blamed for the next
terrorist attack, is by the White House’s own definition
terrorism. The move to clandestinely craft and then bully
passage of any legislation by the Executive Branch is
clearly an impeachable offence.
2. The second Patriot Act is a mirror image of powers that
Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler gave themselves. Whereas the
First Patriot Act only gutted the First, Third, Fourth and
Fifth Amendments, and seriously damaged the Seventh and the
Tenth, the Second Patriot Act reorganizes the entire Federal
government as well as many areas of state government under
the dictatorial control of the Justice Department, the
Office of Homeland Security and the FEMA NORTHCOM military
command. The Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003, also
known as the Second Patriot Act is by its very structure the
definition of dictatorship.
I challenge all Americans to study the new Patriot Act and
to compare it to the Constitution, Bill of Rights and
Declaration of Independence. Ninety percent of the act has
nothing to do with terrorism and is instead a giant Federal
power-grab with tentacles reaching into every facet of our
society. It strips American citizens of all of their rights
and grants the government and its private agents total
Here is a quick thumbnail sketch of just some of the
draconian measures encapsulated within this tyrannical
SECTION 501 (Expatriation
of Terrorists) expands the Bush administration’s “enemy
combatant” definition to all American citizens who “may”
have violated any provision of Section 802 of the first
Patriot Act. (Section 802 is the new definition of domestic
terrorism, and the definition is “any action that endangers
human life that is a violation of any Federal or State
law.”) Section 501 of the second Patriot Act directly
connects to Section 125 of the same act. The Justice
Department boldly claims that the incredibly broad Section
802 of the First USA Patriot Act isn’t broad enough and that
a new, unlimited definition of terrorism is needed.
Under Section 501 a US citizen engaging in lawful activities
can be grabbed off the street and thrown into a van never to
be seen again. The Justice Department states that they can
do this because the person “had inferred from conduct” that
they were not a US citizen. Remember Section 802 of the
First USA Patriot Act states that any violation of Federal
or State law can result in the “enemy combatant” terrorist
SECTION 201 of
the second Patriot Act makes it a criminal act for any
member of the government or any citizen to release any
information concerning the incarceration or whereabouts of
detainees. It also states that law enforcement does not even
have to tell the press who they have arrested and they never
have to release the names.
SECTION 301 and 306 (Terrorist
Identification Database) set up a national database of
“suspected terrorists” and radically expand the database to
include anyone associated with suspected terrorist groups
and anyone involved in crimes or having supported any group
designated as “terrorist.” These sections also set up a
national DNA database for anyone on probation or who has
been on probation for any crime, and orders State
governments to collect the DNA for the Federal government.
SECTION 312 gives
immunity to law enforcement engaging in spying operations
against the American people and would place substantial
restrictions on court injunctions against Federal violations
of civil rights across the board.
SECTION 101 will
designate individual terrorists as foreign powers and again
strip them of all rights under the “enemy combatant”
SECTION 102 states
clearly that any information gathering, regardless of
whether or not those activities are illegal, can be
considered to be clandestine intelligence activities for a
foreign power. This makes news gathering illegal.
SECTION 103 allows
the Federal government to use wartime martial law powers
domestically and internationally without Congress declaring
that a state of war exists.
SECTION 106 is
bone-chilling in its straightforwardness. It states that
broad general warrants by the secret FSIA court (a panel of
secret judges set up in a star chamber system that convenes
in an undisclosed location) granted under the first Patriot
Act are not good enough. It states that government agents
must be given immunity for carrying out searches with no
prior court approval. This section throws out the entire
Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures.
SECTION 109 allows
secret star chamber courts to issue contempt charges against
any individual or corporation who refuses to incriminate
themselves or others. This sections annihilate the last
vestiges of the Fifth Amendment.
SECTION 110 restates
that key police state clauses in the first Patriot Act were
not sunsetted and removes the five year sunset clause from
other subsections of the first Patriot Act. After all, the
media has told us: “this is the New America. Get used to it.
This is forever.”
SECTION 111 expands
the definition of the “enemy combatant” designation.
SECTION 122 restates
the government’s newly announced power of “surveillance
without a court order.”
SECTION 123 restates
that the government no longer needs warrants and that the
investigations can be a giant dragnet-style sweep described
in press reports about the Total Information Awareness
Network. One passage reads, “thus the focus of domestic
surveillance may be less precise than that directed against
more conventional types of crime.”
*Note: Over and over again, in subsection after subsection,
the second Patriot Act states that its new Soviet-type
powers will be used to fight international terrorism,
domestic terrorism and other types of crimes. Of course the
government has already announced in Section 802 of the first
USA Patriot act that any crime is considered domestic
SECTION 126 grants
the government the right to mine the entire spectrum of
public and private sector information from bank records to
educational and medical records. This is the enacting law to
allow ECHELON and the Total Information Awareness Network to
totally break down any and all walls of privacy.
The government states that they must look at everything to
“determine” if individuals or groups might have a connection
to terrorist groups. As you can now see, you are guilty
until proven innocent.
SECTION 127 allows
the government to takeover coroners’ and medical examiners’
operations whenever they see fit. See how this is like Bill
Clinton’s special medical examiner he had in Arkansas that
ruled that people had committed suicide when their arms and
legs had been cut off.
SECTION 128 allows
the Federal government to place gag orders on Federal and
State Grand Juries and to take over the proceedings. It also
disallows individuals or organizations to even try to quash
a Federal subpoena. So now defending yourself will be a
SECTION 129 destroys
any remaining whistleblower protection for Federal agents.
SECTION 202 allows
corporations to keep secret their activities with toxic
biological, chemical or radiological materials.
SECTION 205 allows
top Federal officials to keep all their financial dealings
secret, and anyone investigating them can be considered a
terrorist. This should be very useful for Dick Cheney to
stop anyone investigating Halliburton.
SECTION 303 sets
up national DNA database of suspected terrorists. The
database will also be used to “stop other unlawful
activities.” It will share the information with state, local
and foreign agencies for the same purposes.
SECTION 311 federalizes
your local police department in the area of information
SECTION 313 provides
liability protection for businesses, especially big
businesses that spy on their customers for Homeland
Security, violating their privacy agreements. It goes on to
say that these are all preventative measures – has anyone
seen Minority Report? This is the access hub for the Total
Information Awareness Network.
SECTION 321 authorizes
foreign governments to spy on the American people and to
share information with foreign governments.
SECTION 322 removes
Congress from the extradition process and allows officers of
the Homeland Security complex to extradite American citizens
anywhere they wish. It also allows Homeland Security to
secretly take individuals out of foreign countries.
SECTION 402 is
titled “Providing Material Support to Terrorism.” The
section reads that there is no requirement to show that the
individual even had the intent to aid terrorists.
SECTION 403 expands
the definition of weapons of mass destruction to include any
activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce.
SECTION 404 makes
it a crime for a terrorist or “other criminals” to use
encryption in the commission of a crime.
SECTION 408 creates
“lifetime parole” (basically, slavery) for a whole host of
SECTION 410 creates
no statute of limitations for anyone that engages in
terrorist actions or supports terrorists. Remember: any
crime is now considered terrorism under the first Patriot
SECTION 411 expands
crimes that are punishable by death. Again, they point to
Section 802 of the first Patriot Act and state that any
terrorist act or support of terrorist act can result in the
SECTION 421 increases
penalties for terrorist financing. This section states that
any type of financial activity connected to terrorism will
result to time in prison and $10-50,000 fines per violation.
SECTIONS 427 sets
up asset forfeiture provisions for anyone engaging in
There are many other sections that I did not cover in the
interest of time. The American people were shocked by the
despotic nature of the first Patriot Act. The second Patriot
Act dwarfs all police state legislation in modern world
Usually, corrupt governments allow their citizens lots of
wonderful rights on paper, while carrying out their
jackbooted oppression covertly. From snatch and grab
operations to warrantless searches, Patriot Act II is an
Adolf Hitler wish list.
You can understand why President Bush, Dick Cheney and
Dennis Hastert want to keep this legislation secret not just
from Congress, but the American people as well. Bill
Allison, Managing Editor of the Center for Public Integrity,
the group that broke this story, stated on my radio show
that it was obvious that they were just waiting for another
terrorist attack to opportunistically get this new bill
through. He then shocked me with an insightful comment about
how the Federal government was crafting this so that they
could go after the American people in general. He also
agreed that the FBI has been quietly demonizing patriots and
Christians and “those who carry around pocket
I have produced two documentary films and written a book
about what really happened on September 11th. The
bottom line is this: the military-industrial complex carried
the attacks out as a pretext for control. Anyone who doubts
this just hasn’t looked at the mountains of hard evidence.
Of course, the current group of white collar criminals in
the White House might not care that we’re finding out the
details of their next phase. Because, after all, when
smallpox gets released, or more buildings start blowing up,
the President can stand up there at his lectern suppressing
a smirk, squeeze out a tear or two, and tell us that “See I
was right. I had to take away your rights to keep you safe.
And now it’s your fault that all of these children are
dead.” From that point on, anyone who criticizes tyranny
will be shouted down by the paid talking head government mou