House Plans to Revive Parts of Patriot Act II

This is moving an unconstitutional process. Being that, void of law and unenforceable. The PEOPLE have to be the enforcers on those who are enforcing outlaw rules. Do not let this agenda get hold in America or the Republic is a memory. It is UP TO US. SAY NO TO OUTLAW RULES NOW. STOP THIS MACHINE. Do NOT be deceived that it has anything at all to do with protecting anybody. We have to start protecting ourselves from those who have subverted the law.

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House Plans to Revive Parts of Patriot Act II as Senate 9/11 Commission Bill Advances


by Jesse J. Holland Associated Press Writer
Published: Sep 23, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) - House leaders want to increase federal investigators' anti-terrorism powers similiar to a Patriot Act II draft proposal from last year, as senators make final changes in their legislation addressing the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations.

In a draft of the House GOP legislation obtained by The Associated Press, many of the provisions were similar to the draft copy of the "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003" that a nonprofit group said had leaked out of the Justice Department in January 2003.

Justice Department officials said at that time that they had made no final decision on the legislation, and never submitted it to Congress. But many of the anti-terrorism provisions of that draft show up in the House discussion draft section on terrorism prevention and prosecution that is part of the proposed House legislation.

Among the provisions are measures on the deportation of aliens who become members of or help terrorist groups, required pretrial detention for terrorism suspects, warrants against non-citizens even when a target can't be tied directly to a foreign power, and enhanced penalties for threats or attempts to use chemical or nuclear weapons against the United States, including attacks through the mail system.

A spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said Wednesday that House members were still working on a final version of the legislation.

A Justice Department spokesman said they had not seen the House draft. Republicans have hailed the Patriot Act as a critical tool in the post-Sept. 11 war on terrorism, while many Democrats charge it authorizes heavy-handed infringements on civil liberties. The House is expected to begin marking up the far-reaching bill next week.

The Senate, meanwhile, is expected to begin final consideration of its legislation creating a national intelligence director and a national counterterrorism center next week. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 17-0 to send a bill to the full Senate for consideration, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., has blocked off the week to work on it, said Sen. Susan Collins, the committee chairwoman.

Several senators are calling for a slower pace, saying the changes are too far reaching to rush. "I'm willing to break with the president and say, 'Let's not do this before the election,'" Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, said Wednesday.

Collins, R-Maine, said she vehemently disagrees with those who want to wait. "If we wait till next year, I would bet you that nothing will happen," she said.

Senate leaders plan to add other 9/11 commission recommendations when the bill reaches the floor. But the House's draft deals with many facets of the intelligence and national security structure up front.

The Sept. 11 commission contended the nation's 15 military and civilian intelligence agencies' failure to cooperate precluded an effective defense that might have prevented the 2001 terror attacks on New York City and Washington. The panel recommended creation of a national intelligence director to control and coordinate all the agencies.

In addition, the commission called for more safeguards at home, such as setting national standards for issuance of drivers' licenses and other identification, improving "no-fly" and other terrorist watch lists and using more biometric identifiers to screen travelers at ports and borders.

House leaders are expected to take the White House's suggestions on creating a national intelligence director who would control the nation's 15 intelligence agencies. The House plan would let the intelligence chief coordinate nonmilitary spy agencies, but would limit the director's hiring and budgetary control - making that position weaker than envisioned by the 9/11 commission and the Senate.

The House draft also addresses the other recommendations by instituting tighter controls on birth certificates and creating an electronic birth and death registration system and tightening up driver license requirements.

The draft obtained by the AP also shows House Republicans want increased border security and customs agents and crackdowns on illegal immigration, including fines of up to $10,000 and possible prison time for illegal immigrants, and penalties for states who don't allow their local law enforcement agents to help with immigration enforcement.

AP-ES-09-23-04 0256EDT


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