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News Gathering Is Illegal
Under New Patriot Act ll
By Alex Jones

SECTION 102 of the new Patriot Act ll states clearly that any information 
gathering, regardless of whether or not those activities are illegal, can be 
considered to be clandestine intelligence activities for a foreign power. 
This makes news gathering illegal.

A Brief Analysis of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003
- Also Known as USA Patriot Act II

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex) told the Washington Times that no member of 
Congress was allowed to read the first Patriot Act that was passed by the 
House on October 27, 2001. The first Patriot Act was universally decried by 
civil libertarians and Constitutional scholars from across the political 
spectrum. William Safire, while writing for the New York Times, described 
the first Patriot Act's powers by saying that President Bush was "seizing 
dictatorial control." On February 7, 2003 the Center for Public Integrity, a 
non-partisan public interest think-tank in DC, revealed the full text of the 
Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003. The classified document had been 
leaked to them by an unnamed source inside the Federal government. The 
document consisted of a 33 page section by section analysis of the 
accompanying 87 page bill.

The bill itself is stamped "Confidential - Not for Distribution." Upon 
reading the analysis and bill, I was stunned by the scientifically crafted 
tyranny contained in the legislation. The Justice Department Office of 
Legislative Affairs admits that they had indeed covertly transmitted a copy 
of the legislation to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, (R-Il) and the 
Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney as well as the executive 
heads of federal law enforcement agencies.

It is important to note that no member of Congress was allowed to see the 
first Patriot Act before its passage, and that no debate was tolerate by the 
House and Senate leadership. The intentions of the White House and Speaker 
Hastert concerning Patriot Act II appear to be a carbon copy replay of the 
events that led to the unprecedented passage of the first Patriot Act.

There are two glaring areas that need to be looked at concerning this new 

1. The secretive tactics being used by the White House and Speaker Hastert 
to keep even the existence of this legislation secret would be more at home 
in Communist China than in the United States. The fact that Dick Cheney 
publicly managed the steamroller passage of the first Patriot Act, ensuring 
that no one was allowed to read it and publicly threatening members of 
Congress that if they didn't vote in favor of it that they would be blamed 
for the next terrorist attack, is by the White House's own definition 
terrorism. The move to clandestinely craft and then bully passage of any 
legislation by the Executive Branch is clearly an impeachable offense.

2. The second Patriot Act is a mirror image of powers that Julius Caesar and 
Adolf Hitler gave themselves. Whereas the First Patriot Act only gutted the 
First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and seriously damaged the Seventh 
and the Tenth, the Second Patriot Act reorganizes the entire Federal 
government as well as many areas of state government under the dictatorial 
control of the Justice Department, the Office of Homeland Security and the 
FEMA NORTHCOM military command. The Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003, 
also known as the Second Patriot Act is by its very structure the definition 
of dictatorship.

I challenge all Americans to study the new Patriot Act and to compare it to 
the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Ninety 
percent of the act has nothing to do with terrorism and is instead a giant 
Federal power-grab with tentacles reaching into every facet of our society. 
It strips American citizens of all of their rights and grants the government 
and its private agents total immunity. Here is a quick thumbnail sketch of 
just some of the draconian measures encapsulated within this tyrannical 

SECTION 501 (Expatriation of Terrorists) expands the Bush administration's 
"enemy combatant" definition to all American citizens who "may" have 
violated any provision of Section 802 of the first Patriot Act. (Section 802 
is the new definition of domestic terrorism, and the definition is "any 
action that endangers human life that is a violation of any Federal or State 
law.") Section 501 of the second Patriot Act directly connects to Section 
125 of the same act. The Justice Department boldly claims that the 
incredibly broad Section 802 of the First USA Patriot Act isn't broad enough 
and that a new, unlimited definition of terrorism is needed.

Under Section 501 a US citizen engaging in lawful activities can be grabbed 
off the street and thrown into a van never to be seen again. The Justice 
Department states that they can do this because the person "had inferred 
from conduct" that they were not a US citizen. Remember Section 802 of the 
First USA Patriot Act states that any violation of Federal or State law can 
result in the "enemy combatant" terrorist designation.

SECTION 201 of the second Patriot Act makes it a criminal act for any member 
of the government or any citizen to release any information concerning the 
incarceration or whereabouts of detainees. It also states that law 
enforcement does not even have to tell the press who they have arrested and 
they never have to release the names.

SECTION 301 and 306 (Terrorist Identification Database) set up a national 
database of "suspected terrorists" and radically expand the database to 
include anyone associated with suspected terrorist groups and anyone 
involved in crimes or having supported any group designated as "terrorist." 
These sections also set up a national DNA database for anyone on probation 
or who has been on probation for any crime, and orders State governments to 
collect the DNA for the Federal government.

SECTION 312 gives immunity to law enforcement engaging in spying operations 
against the American people and would place substantial restrictions on 
court injunctions against Federal violations of civil rights across the 

SECTION 101 will designate individual terrorists as foreign powers and again 
strip them of all rights under the "enemy combatant" designation.

SECTION 102 states clearly that any information gathering, regardless of 
whether or not those activities are illegal, can be considered to be 
clandestine intelligence activities for a foreign power. This makes news 
gathering illegal.

SECTION 103 allows the Federal government to use wartime martial law powers 
domestically and internationally without Congress declaring that a state of 
war exists.

SECTION 106 is bone-chilling in its straightforwardness. It states that 
broad general warrants by the secret FSIA court (a panel of secret judges 
set up in a star chamber system that convenes in an undisclosed location) 
granted under the first Patriot Act are not good enough. It states that 
government agents must be given immunity for carrying out searches with no 
prior court approval. This section throws out the entire Fourth Amendment 
against unreasonable searches and seizures.

SECTION 109 allows secret star chamber courts to issue contempt charges 
against any individual or corporation who refuses to incriminate themselves 
or others. This sections annihilate the last vestiges of the Fifth 

SECTION 110 restates that key police state clauses in the first Patriot Act 
were not sunsetted and removes the five year sunset clause from other 
subsections of the first Patriot Act. After all, the media has told us: 
"This is the New America. Get used to it. This is forever."

SECTION 111 expands the definition of the "enemy combatant" designation.

SECTION 122 restates the government's newly announced power of "surveillance 
without a court order."

SECTION 123 restates that the government no longer needs warrants and that 
the investigations can be a giant dragnet-style sweep described in press 
reports about the Total Information Awareness Network. One passage reads, 
"thus the focus of domestic surveillance may be less precise than that 
directed against more conventional types of crime."

*Note: Over and over again, in subsection after subsection, the second 
Patriot Act states that its new Soviet-type powers will be used to fight 
international terrorism, domestic terrorism and other types of crimes. Of 
course the government has already announced in Section 802 of the first USA 
Patriot act that any crime is considered domestic terrorism.

SECTION 126 grants the government the right to mine the entire spectrum of 
public and private sector information from bank records to educational and 
medical records. This is the enacting law to allow ECHELON and the Total 
Information Awareness Network to break down any and all walls of privacy. 
The government states that they must look at everything to "determine" if 
individuals or groups might have a connection to terrorist groups. As you 
can now see, you are guilty until proven innocent.

SECTION 127 allows the government to takeover coroners' and medical 
examiners' operations whenever they see fit. See how this is like Bill 
Clinton's special medical examiner he had in Arkansas that ruled that people 
had committed suicide when their arms and legs had been cut off.

SECTION 128 allows the Federal government to place gag orders on Federal and 
State Grand Juries and to take over the proceedings. It also disallows 
individuals or organizations to even try to quash a Federal subpoena. So now 
defending yourself will be a terrorist action.

SECTION 129 destroys any remaining whistle blower protection for Federal 

SECTION 202 allows corporations to keep secret their activities with toxic 
biological, chemical or radiological materials.

SECTION 205 allows top Federal officials to keep all their financial 
dealings secret, and anyone investigating them can be considered a 
terrorist. This should be very useful for Dick Cheney to stop anyone 
investigating Haliburton.

SECTION 303 sets up national DNA database of suspected terrorists. The 
database will also be used to "stop other unlawful activities." It will 
share the information with state, local and foreign agencies for the same 

SECTION 311 federalizes your local police department in the area of 
information sharing.

SECTION 313 provides liability protection for businesses, especially big 
businesses that spy on their customers for Homeland Security, violating 
their privacy agreements. It goes on to say that these are all preventative 
measures - has anyone seen Minority Report? This is the access hub for the 
Total Information Awareness Network.

SECTION 321 authorizes foreign governments to spy on the American people and 
to share information with foreign governments.

SECTION 322 removes Congress from the extradition process and allows 
officers of the Homeland Security complex to extradite American citizens 
anywhere they wish. It also allows Homeland Security to secretly take 
individuals out of foreign countries.

SECTION 402 is titled "Providing Material Support to Terrorism." The section 
reads that there is no requirement to show that the individual even had the 
intent to aid terrorists.

SECTION 403 expands the definition of weapons of mass destruction to include 
any activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce.

SECTION 404 makes it a crime for a terrorist or "other criminals" to use 
encryption in the commission of a crime.

SECTION 408 creates "lifetime parole" (basically, slavery) for a whole host 
of crimes.

SECTION 410 creates no statute of limitations for anyone that engages in 
terrorist actions or supports terrorists. Remember: any crime is now 
considered terrorism under the first Patriot Act.

SECTION 411 expands crimes that are punishable by death. Again, they point 
to Section 802 of the first Patriot Act and state that any terrorist act or 
support of terrorist act can result in the death penalty.

SECTION 421 increases penalties for terrorist financing. This section states 
that any type of financial activity connected to terrorism will result to 
time in prison and $10-50,000 fines per violation.

SECTION 427 sets up asset forfeiture provisions for anyone engaging in 
terrorist activities. There are many other sections that I did not cover in 
the interest of time. The American people were shocked by the despotic 
nature of the first Patriot Act. The second Patriot Act dwarfs all police 
state legislation in modern world history.

There are many other sections that I did not cover in the interest of time. 
The American people were shocked by the despotic nature of the first Patriot 
Act. The second Patriot Act dwarfs all police state legislation in modern 
world history.

Usually, corrupt governments allow their citizens lots of wonderful rights 
on paper, while carrying out their jackbooted oppression covertly. From 
snatch and grab operations to warantless searches, Patriot Act II is an 
Adolf Hitler wish list.

You can understand why President Bush/Dick Cheney & Dennis Hastert want to 
keep this legislation secret not just from Congress, but the American people 
as well. Bill Allison, Managing Editor of the Center for Public Integrity, 
the group that broke this story, stated on my radio show that it was obvious 
that they were just waiting for another terrorist attack to 
opportunistically get this new bill through. He then shocked me with an 
insightful comment about how the Federal government was crafting this so 
that they could go after the American people in general. He also agreed that 
the FBI has been quietly demonizing patriots and Christians and those who 
carry around pocket Constitutions.

I have produced two documentary films and written a book about what really 
happened on September 11th. The bottom line is this: the military-industrial 
complex carried the attacks out as a pretext for control. Anyone who doubts 
this just hasn?t looked at the mountains of hard evidence.

Of course, the current group of white collar criminals in the White House 
might not care that were finding out the details of their next phase. 
Because, after all, when smallpox gets released, or more buildings start 
blowing up, the President can stand up there at his lectern suppressing a 
smirk, squeeze out a tear or two, and tell us that See I was right. I had to 
take away your rights to keep you safe. And now it's your fault that all of 
these children are dead. From that point on, if anyone criticizes tyranny 
they will be shouted down by the paid talking head government mouthpieces in 
the mainstream media.

You have to admit, its a beautiful script. Unfortunately, it's being played 
out in the real world. If we don't get the word out that government is using 
terror to control our lives while doing nothing to stop the terrorists, we 
will deserve what we get - tyranny. But our children won't deserve it.


you can read the following 4 Articles:

1) How Patriot Act Compares to Hitler's Ermächtigungsgesetz (Enabling Act)
2) A 21st Century Comparison of The Enabling Act and The Patriot Act
3) Ten Key Dangers of The Patriot Act that Every American Should Know
4) Bill Moyers' NOW Comments on the Patriot Act

~~Please tell your congress and senators to repeal the Patriot Act and to 
throw out current legislation advocating a second act.

Thank You, for your support!


additional resources:

Citizens for Legitimate Government

American Civil Liberties Union

Electronic Frontiers Foundation

National Lawyers Guild

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of America is NULL and VOID.  Marburry v. Madison -1803
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