I don't think I've seen any postings on this one, so I thought I'd bring it up for everyone (apologies if this has been reviewed before; a quick
scan didn't turn up another posting on this.)
The story broke on February 7, when the Center for Public Integrity got a copy of the bill and posted it for folks to see on their website. It was
apparently being trotted through the rounds very quietly, hoping nobody would notice.
The Associated Press later mentioned it, but there's not been a lot of attention paid to it since then.
Here's a short version (posted on Wikipedia) of what's in that document:
Provisions of the February 7th draft version included:
* Removal of court-ordered prohibitions against police agencies spying on domestic groups
* The FBI would be granted powers to conduct searches and surveillance based on intelligence gathered in foreign countries, without first obtaining a
* Creation of a DNA database of suspected terrorists
Prohibition of any public disclosure of the names of alleged terrorists, including those who have been arrested
* Exemptions from civil liability for people and businesses who voluntarily turn private information over to the government
* Criminalization of the use of encryption to conceal incriminating communications
* Automatic denial of bail for persons accused of terrorism-related crimes, reversing the ordinary common law burden of proof principle. All alleged
terrorists would be required to demonstrate why they should be released on bail, rather than the government being required to demonstrate why they
should be held.
* Expansion of the list of crimes eligible for the death penalty
* The Environmental Protection Agency would be prevented from releasing "worst case scenario" information to the public about chemical plants
United States citizens whom the government finds to be either providing material support to or members of terrorist groups could have their US
citizenship revoked and be deported to foreign countries