The Patriot II act was largely dismantled earlier this year due to increasing public fear of loss of constitutional rights, which would have been
guaranteed to happen with the passage of this bill.
The Cabal is hell bent to get this bill passed. Solution: slap a new name on it, and shove it through again!
The draft legislation -- titled the Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003, or Victory Act -- includes significant
portions of the so-called Patriot Act II, which faced broad opposition from conservatives and liberals alike and embarrassed the Justice Department
when it was leaked to the press in February.
While this draft legislation's focus differs significantly from the much-criticized Patriot II draft leaked to the press in February, Hatch's bill
contains several passages from that draft.
Among other things, the bill would:
Allow the FBI to get a wiretap order on a wireless device, such as a cell phone, from any district court in the country
Force defendants who are trying to exclude illegal wiretap evidence to prove police intentionally broke the rules
Further restrict judges' sentencing discretion in drug cases
Ease restrictions on government access to sensitive financial records
Increase penalties for selling drugs to people under the age of 21
Make it easier for the government to seize or freeze assets of people accused of money laundering
Remove gradations of sentencing for those convicted of selling amphetamines so that anyone convicted of possessing more than 250 meth pills would
automatically go to jail for 200 years
Increase the ability of the FBI to self-issue subpoenas for terrorism investigations without having to consult a judge
Now, the truly scary part about all this is that due to the public distrust for the government after seeing the repression that was foisted upon them
by the original Patriot Act, public support for this, even renamed, is rapidly dwindling. The public paranoia that existed after 911 is rapidly drying
up, and the Cabal desperately needs a new source of panic to unite the public and allow them to pass such a draconian law.
So what to do?
Expect another 911 prior to the vote deadline on this bill...