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"There is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country where the police were allowed to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country where the government is entitled to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your e-mail communications; if we lived in a country where people could be held indefinitely based . . . on mere suspicion that they are up to no good, the government would probably discover and arrest more terrorists, or would-be terrorists.... But that wouldn't be a country in which we would want to live."

Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold on the USA Patriot Act, Oct 11, 2002
(he was the only House or Senate member to vote agianst the USA Patriot Act)


Know Your Rights- National Lawyers Guild
Church Committee Report on Domestic Intelligence
Bugs, Taps and Infiltrators: What to do about Political Spying
Tip Sheet for Staff Organizers - Common Sense Security


The Case Against Privatizing National Security (5/04)

"There have been periods in our nation's history when civil liberties have taken a backseat to what appeared at the same time to be the legitimate exigencies of war. Our national consciousness still bears the stain and the scars of those events: The Alien and Sedition Acts, the suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War, the internment of Japanese-Americans, German-Americans, and Italian-Americans during World War II, the blacklisting of supposed communist sympathizers during the McCarthy era, and the surveillance and harassment of antiwar protestors, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the Vietnam War. We must not allow these pieces of our past to become prologue."

Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold in the book Dude, where's my country by Michael Moore

Democracy and Society

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