Civil Liberties watch

Dissent page

"The Patriot Act wipes out the rights I enjoyed."

Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon paper's helped end the Vietnam War

American Civil Liberties Union
Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC)

National Lawyers Guild 9-11 Project
People for the American Way
The Thomas Paine Project

"Congress passed ... legislation between 1917 and 1919 to suppress all forms of dissent.

The Espionage Act of 1917 made it a crime punishable by a fine of $10,000 and 20 years in jail to attempt to "convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies...or attempt to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal to duty."

The Sedition Act of 1918, under the same penalties, made it illegal to "utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States...or any language intended to...encourage resistance to the United States.""

Annie Zirin, International Socialist Review


The Bill of Rights

""Antiterrorist" has replaced "anticommunist" as the justification for police spying and political repression."

International Socialist Review

USA PATRIOT ACT - passed by Congress Oct. 26, 2001

USA Patriot Act: What's So Patriotic About Trampling on the Bill of Rights? - Nancy Chang
Don't Tread on Them - Cities move to protect the Bill of Rights
U.S.A. Patriot Act
USA Patriot Act: Uncensored

Resolution Opposing USA Patriot Act - Model
Resolution Opposing USA Patriot Act - adopted by Fairfax, California

The Law of Posse Comitatus
Know Your Rights

Secrets and Lies - Patriot Act II
Some of the key provision of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003- [USAPatriot Act II]

The sequel is worse than the original: Patriot Act II
Ashcroft's Offensive

"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies, and pause to America's friends."

Attorney General John Ashcroft, Nov 2001

Resolutions as Resistance (anti-USA Patriot Act resolutions)

Homeland Security

Homeland Security page


Silencing Political Dissent - a book by Nancy Chang

"Political freedom has given way to guilt by association. Due process has given way to detention on the Attorney General's say-so. Public scrutiny has given way to secret detentions and secret trials. Equal protection under law has given way to ethnic profiling."

The Nation magazine - about how Sept.11 attack has allowed the government to take away Americans' civil liberties

The Espionage Act - 1917
The Sedition Act - 1918

"If we want to limit terrorism's appeal, we must keep our eyes and ears open to conditions abroad, revise our perceptions of ourselves, and alter our world image through our actions. There is nothing un-American about this... Those who demand that we close ranks not only against murderers but also against shocking opinions and emotions, against dissenters at home and critics abroad, do a disservice to America."

Stanley Hoffman, American Prospect magazine


Anti-Terrorism Legislation and Civil Liberties
Any Means Necessary
Civil liberties: Racial profiling and the assault on civil liberties
Less Secure, Less Free - Striking Terror at Civil Liberty
Is Liberty the First War Casualty?

Pearl Harbor, Internment, and Hiroshima: Historical Lessons
Are You a Terrorist ?
Fear Itself
Cutting Back on Checks and Balances - ACLU / USA Patriot Act

War and the Constitution
Assault on Openness
The Assault on Civil Liberties
The Destruction of Dissent - First Amendment Post - 9/11
The Threat from Within - after 9/11
Learning to Love Big Brother: George Bush Channels George Orwell
Ashcroft's Roundup
Bringing the War Home
Spying on the Protesters (9/05)
Preserve Posse Comitatus (11/05)
Bush Moves Toward Martial Law (10/06)
The Assault on Democracy - Military Commissions Act 2006 (11/06)
A Growing Threat to Civil Liberties - "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007" (11/07)
Habeas Corpus - the most extraordinary writ (12/07)
The Last Roundup - Martial Law and Overriding the Constitution in the Event of a Terrorist Attack (5/08)
Preparing for Civil Unrest in America - Legislation to Establish Internment Camps on US Military Bases (3/09)


The New McCarthyism

The New McCarthyism - The Progressive
The New McCarthyism
The Legacy of McCarthyism
Bringing Back McCarthyism
The New McCarthyism - Resist

Democracy and Society

Democracy in America

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