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LOCAL NEWS ARCHIVE 2003-4:
Oak Park, Illinois
On Monday January 5, 2004, the Oak Park Village Board of Trustees passed, by a vote of 5 to 1, a resolution titled "Resolution Urging the Repeal or Revision of Certain Sections of USA PATRIOT Act and Similar Legislation." A copy of this resolution can be found at www.opctj.org/docs/OP-resolution-patriot-act.pdf
The Chicago City Council archive no longer has the council minutes online; however, we have a clip of the proceedings pages that include the text of the resolution here: [PDF] .
Yeas and Nays votes on the resolution were as follows:
You may also want to check the text of the City Council's Call For Reform Of Immigration Laws and Endorsement of Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, which follows the text of the above resolution pages 9 through 11.
EDUCATIONAL ONLINE VIDEOS:
From Free Speech TV: C. Clark Kissinger, a founding member of Refuse and Resist, first secretary of SDS and long time fighter for human rights, analyzes the "USA Patriot Act" and related acts and regulations. Good brief coverage of civil liberties legal history: Good sound, video a bit wavy. Online video interview: 25 minutes [Real audio file format]
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press website has an excellent resource called Homefront Confidential: How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public's Right to Know [PDF]. The website also includes a daily news gleaning on the topic in their Behind the Homefront section described as "daily chronicle of news in homeland security and military operations affecting newsgathering, access to information and the public's right to know." Check it often!
Repeal the USA Patriot Act Part I of a six part series by Jennifer van Bergen at truthout. Links to parts II through VI can be found near the end of Part I.
[April 16, 2002]
Repeal the USA Patriot Act Part I of a six part series by Jennifer van Bergen at truthout. Links to parts II through VI can be found near the end of Part I. [April 16, 2002]
March 16 is Freedom of Information Day
American Library Association: Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks [January 23, 2002]
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. [AAPS]: Revised Draft Of Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (Dec. 21) Still a Prescription for Tyranny
National Security Archive at George Washington University Very important when assessing the present as well as the past.
PATRIOT ACT II: ONGOING ALERT
January - February 2003: Senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee minority staff have inquired about Patriot II for months and have been told that there is no such legislation being planned as recently as last week, when The Center for Public Integretity obtained a draft of the planned legislationand it isn't pretty.
[See also NOW with Bill Moyers, their February 7, 2003 show.]
You can click on the link to the Center for Public Integretity above for a full copy of the document. The original was scanned and is large. An OCR text copy of the document is available (mirrored at the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Son of the Patriot Act). The OCR-HTML copy is much smaller and searchable, but should be cross-checked with the original if quoting.
The Paul Revere Project at the Idaho Green Party website includes resources and analyses of various so-called security legislation and includes a Congressional scorecard on recent Senate/House votes by state and district.
TAKE ACTIONACLU's Safe and Free Pages allow you to fax your representatives in Congress. Actions as of the March 1, 2003 include actions to Stop Patriot II, Stop Government Plans to Mine our Privacy and Info on Passing Community Resolutions.
Here's our single-page information brochure (PDF formatin English, we hope to have it available in other languages soon)
The USA PATRIOT Act:
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has a great website, but I havent been able to access it this weekend [Feb 1-2]. So, I'm posting a copy of their Guide to Provisions of the USA Patriot Act and Federal Executive Orders that threaten civil liberties locally. They also have the information on their website www.bordc.org. In case their website is still down, their e-mail address is BORDCweb@attbi.com.
Counter-Terrorism Proposals page of texts and analysis put together by the Electronic Privacy Information Center [EPIC].
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NUCLEAR TARGETS: Illinois
Here Today, There Tomorrow:
Exerpt: IV. The Situation at Illinois Nuclear Power Plants