A New American Reich

March 25, 2003 at 11:12 pm
Contributed by:

Folks,

By now, I’m sure
you have seen this chilling quote from Hermann Goering:

“Of course the
people don’t want war.  But after all, it’s the leaders of a country who
determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along
whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, a parliament or a communist
dictatorship.  Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the
bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell
them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism
and exposing the country to greater danger.”
- Hermann Goering – Nazi
Reichsmarshal and Luftwaffe Chief, at the Nuremberg Trials

But
that’s not all, not by a long shot. The parallels between the fascist powers
overtaking our country and Nazi Germany are becoming more and more evident.


An excellent article in
Salon.com, published yesterday, does a good job of summarizing the whole
situation (and saved me the trouble of forwarding you all about 30 old links).
If you can’t bring yourself to read the rest of this email, then at least read
this one: “Shut your mouth”


As radio giants censor antiwar musicians, TV networks bully pro-peace actors, and Attorney General John Ashcroft prepares a new assault on civil liberties, a climate of intimidation creeps over America.

But if you’ve got the stomach for
it, read on:


First, a Newsday article,
reprinting Hitler’s
address to the Reichstag, Sept. 1, 1939, sounding an awful lot like Bush,
both talking about limiting the armaments of another country. (See
below)

 

Below that, an article on the new
American fascism, which draws some parallels to Hitler’s regime and then
proceeds to examine the first Patriot Act, which severely curtailed the
democratic freedoms of Americans under the guise of fighting terrorism, and
which passed Congress without anyone having even had a chance to read it. Most
Senators who voted for it didn’t even know what they had done to our country.
But they had no chance to oppose it, as it was rushed through Congress in three
days in the panicked aftermath of 9/11.

 

But what’s far, far worse, is a
new bill, described as “the Patriot Act on steriods,” which apparently
has been ready to roll for months now, but the administration has been sitting
on it until everyone is so caught up in war fever that they can push it through
Congress without objection…probably by attaching it to a defense bill, or
something like that, so that anyone who might vote against it would be
immediately labeled as unpatriotic.

 


Here is the draft. Read it
and weep.


 

The story on the Patriot Act II bill
was broken by PBS NOW hosted by Bill
Moyers:
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A patriotic Bush administration
official has leaked a copy of Patriot Act II
to the Center For Public
Integrity and PBS. The closely guarded draft of new
legislation has been in
the works for months and will likely be pushed
through Congress once the
invasion of Iraq starts. The new laws will give
Bush incredible and absolute
power and will for all practical purposes be
the end of democracy in the
United States. It will allow the government to
make arrests of terror
“suspects” based on things as simple as library
records and book purchases
and will track even more citizen activities than
the previous Patriot Act. It
also will create massive government monitoring
of the Internet including the
sites that individuals visit, what they post,
what they read, etc. which will
be used to identify “suspects” to be brought
in for questioning and arrest.
It further weakens and/or eliminates the
checks and balances of the courts
and Congress and Bush will be allowed to
take action solely based on the
“evidence” that is gathered under the new
laws. Bush will have the power to
arrest and convict and execute any U.S.
citizen and they will have no right
to a lawyer and a trial and no access to
the court system. Anything Bush
decides to do will be final and absolute.
PBS has published the entire text
on their web site, it is chilling to say
the least.
“…John Ashcroft has
created closely-guarded draft-legislation that extends
the powers of the
Patriot Act in ways not previously imagined by the
average, trusting citizen.
PBS calls it “a sweeping expansion of the
government’s police powers.” Secret
arrests of U.S. citizens. Stripping of
U.S. citizenship. Surveillance of
citizens without judicial sanction or
oversight. Powers so frightening to one
insider that he or she leaked the
document to the non-partisan Center for
Public Integrity, which, in turn,
gave it to PBS to place on its web site.
(see below) CPI’s Charles Lewis
tells PBS’s Bill Moyers (see below), “The
realm between public and private,
between foreign and domestic, all these
things have morphed into the citizen
against all of this out there ‹ this
morass of regulations and rules and
intrusions. And at the same time they can
come after you, get your credit
card data, your library records, your
Internet searching, everything. And
they’ll decide whether or not you’re a
suspect or not. Whether or not they
like you. If you’re a disfavored
political group, or from the wrong ethnic
background, then you might become
on the radar screen of some folks that you
don’t know about, you can’t find
out about, and they can do things. They
have ‹ this is incredible power.”
Lewis notes that the Ashcroft
draft-legislation was leaked now so that people
would know about it and do
something to stop it before we’re in the middle of
a war or a terrorist
attack: “I’m afraid they’re waiting for a war or
something and then they’re
gonna pop this baby out and then try to jam it
through…”

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http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_lewis.html
http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_lewis2.html

 

 

Look, I don’t care what your politics
are–there are those from both the Right and the Left on this list–but if this
doesn’t send a chill through your bones, well, you must not be much of an
American. THIS IS NOT FREEDOM, NOR THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. It’s the exact
opposite.


Everything the
great writers on Russian fascism, like Orwell and Solzhenitsyn, warned us about,
everything that we should have learned from Nazi Germany, and everything we
should have learned during the McCarthy era, is coming true right now, right
here at home. When you hear “Department of Homeland Security,” “Patriot Act,”
“Total Information Awareness”…don’t you hear the echoes of 1984? When
citizens and the press alike are being told to shut their pie-holes or else be
labeled unpatriotic, doesn’t it just raise the hair on your neck? Because you
better well know what comes next.

 

I’m scared alright, terrified in
fact. But it’s not al Quaeda that keeps me awake at night, nor the threat of an
Iraqi dictator who hasn’t strayed outside his borders in 12 years. It’s my own
government.


–C

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Comparison of Bush’s war speech with Hitler’s to start
WWII

Frighteningly similar…

Jimmy Breslin: ‘Familiar,
haunting words’
Posted on Thursday, March 20 @ 09:40:33
EST
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By
Jimmy Breslin, Newsday

At 8 o’clock Wednesday night, the Sikh in a blue
turban in the subway change
booth at 42nd Street gave me a little wave and I
waved back. Suddenly, he
was a front-line soldier in a war. I designate the
subway at Times Square as
a prime target in America in the war with
Iraq.

I had just been at the public library, where I discovered the
speech that
started World War II. I print much of it here. It is darkly
familiar to what
we have been hearing here, when for the first time in
American history we
became all the things we ever hated and invaded another
country. Herewith
the speech:

Address by Adolph Hitler to the
Reichstag, Sept. 1, 1939.

For months we have suffered under the
torture of a problem which the
Versailles Diktat created — a problem that
has deteriorated until it
becomes intolerable for us …

As always, I
attempted to bring about, by the peaceful method of making
proposals for
revision, an alteration of this intolerable position. It is a
lie when the
outside world says that we only tried to carry our revisions
through by
pressure. Fifteen years before the National Socialist Party came
to power
there was the opportunity of carrying out these revisions by
peaceful
settlements and understanding. On my own initiative I have, not
once but
several times, made proposals for the revision of intolerable
conditions. All
these proposals, as you know, have been rejected –
proposals for the
limitation of armaments and, even if necessary,
disarmament, proposals for
the limitation of warmaking, proposals for the
elimination of certain methods
of modern warfare … You know the endless
attempts I made for peaceful
clarification and understanding of the problem
of Austria, and later of the
problem of the Sudatenland, Bohemia and
Moravia. It was all in
vain.

It is impossible to demand that an impossible position should be
cleared up
by peaceful revision, and at the same time constantly reject
peaceful
revision. It is also impossible to say that he who undertakes to
carry out
the revisions for himself transgresses a law, since the Versailles
Diktat is
not law to us.

In the same way, I have tried to solve the
problems of Danzig, the Corridor,
etc., by proposing a peaceful discussion.
That the problems had to be solved
was clear. It is quite understandable to
us that the time when the problem
was to be solved had little interest for
the Western Powers. But time is not
a matter of indifference to us


For four months I have calmly watched developments, although I never
ceased
to give warnings. In the last few days I have increased these warnings


I made one more final effort to accept a proposal for mediation on
the part
of the British government. They proposed, not that they themselves
should
carry out the negotiations, but rather that Poland and Germany should
come
into direct contact and once more pursue negotiations.

I must
declare that I accepted this proposal and worked out a basis for
these
negotiations which are known to you. For two whole days I sat in
my
government and waited to see whether it was convenient for the
Polish
government to send a plenipotentiary or not. Wednesday night they did
not
send us a plenipotentiary, but instead informed us through their
ambassador
that they were still considering whether and to what extent they
were in a
position to go into the British proposals. The Polish government
also said
they would inform Britain of their decision.

Deputies, if
the German government and its leader patiently endured such
treatment Germany
would deserve only to disappear from the political stage.
But I am wrongly
judged if my love of peace and my patience are mistaken for
weakness or even
cowardice. I, therefore, decided Wednesday night and
informed the British
government that in these circumstances I can no longer
find any willingness
on the part of the Polish government to conduct serious
negotiations with
us.

The other European states understand in part our attitude. I should
like all
to thank Italy, which throughout has supported us, but you will
understand
for the on of this struggle … we will carry out this task
ourselves.

This night for the first time, Polish regular soldiers fired
on our
territory. Since 5:45 a.m. we have been returning the fire and from
now on
bombs will be met with bombs. Whoever fights with poison gas will be
fought
with poison gas. Whoever departs from the rules of humane warfare can
only
expect that we shall do the same … until the safety, security of the
Reich
and its rights are secured.

***

On that night, Hitler
used this dry, unimaginative language to start a world
war that was to kill
60 million, and they stopped counting.

Wednesday night, George Bush,
after speech after speech of this same dry,
flat, banal language, started a
war for his country, and we can only beg the
skies to keep it from spreading
into another world war.

Copyright © 2003, Newsday,
Inc.

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And now, more on the
Patriot Act II, fascism, and what you can do about it from

theemailactivist:


A Kinder, Gentler
Fascism

Last September, German Justice Minister Herta
Daeubler-Gmelin pointed out
that George Bush is using Iraq to distract the
American public from his
failed domestic policies. She capped her statement
by reminding her
audience: “That’s a popular method. Even Hitler did that.”
She was
chastised so severely that she soon recanted. But let’s face it, she
was
right on the money. Rather than recanting, she should have clarified.
She
wasn’t comparing Bush to the Hitler of the late 1930s and early ’40s;
she
was comparing him to the Hitler of the late 1920s and early ’30s. And
if
the jackboot fits?

What most Americans have forgotten about Hitler
(or never knew in the
first place) is that he came to power legally. He and
his Nazi Party were
elected democratically in a time of great national
turmoil and crisis.
They themselves had done much to cause the turmoil, of
course, but that’s
what makes the Bush comparison so compelling.

Like
the Bush administration, the Nazis were funded and ultimately ushered
into
power by wealthy industrialists looking for government favors in the
form of
tax breaks, big subsidies, and laws to weaken the rights of
workers. When the
Reichstag (Germany’s Parliament building) was set
ablaze in 1933 (probably by
Nazis), the Nazis framed their political
rivals for it. In the general panic
that followed, the German Parliament
was purged of all left-wing
representatives who might be soft on
communists and foreigners, and the few
who remained then VOTED to grant
Chancellor Hitler dictatorial powers. The
long, hideous nightmare had
begun.

History teaches us that it is
shockingly easy to separate reasonable and
intelligent people from their
rights. A legally elected leader and party
can easily manipulate national
events to whip up fear, crucify scapegoats,
gag dissenters, and convince the
masses that their liberties must be
suspended (temporarily, of course) in the
name of restoring order.
Consider the following two statements, and see if
you can identify the
authors.

“The people can always be brought to the
bidding of the leaders. That is
easy. All you have to do is tell them they
are being attacked and
denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and
exposing the country to
danger. It works the same way in any
country.”

“To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost
liberty, my
message is this: ‘Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they
erode our
national unity and diminish our resolve.'”

The first
statement is a quote from Hitler’s right hand man, Hermann
Goering,
explaining at his war crimes trial how easily he and his fellow
Nazis
hijacked Germany’s democratic government. The second statement is a
quote
from Bush’s right hand man, John Ashcroft, defending the Patriot Act
and
explaining why dissent will no longer be tolerated in the age of
terrorism.
If that doesn’t send chills down your spine, nothing will.

When the
shooting started at Lexington Green in 1775, those calling
themselves
patriots were the men and women who refused to yield their
rights to an
increasingly oppressive government. Today, according to John
Ashcroft and his
Patriot Act of 2001, a patriot is someone who kneels down
in fear and hands
over his or her rights to the government in the name of
fighting
terrorism.

Isn’t the hypocrisy of this all too obvious? The Bush
administration
wants us to fight in Afghanistan, to fight in Iraq, and to
fight wherever
terrorists may be hiding. And what, pray tell, are we fighting
for? Well,
according to the White House, we’re fighting for freedom. Yet
freedom is
exactly what the White House is demanding that we now SURRENDER in
the
name of fighting terrorism.

So what’s really going on? Well, it’s
all a lie, of course. The Bush
administration isn’t any more interested in
protecting our freedom from
terrorists than Hitler was in protecting Germans
from communists, Jews,
and all the other groups he scapegoated. The Bush
administration is
fighting only to protect itself and its corporate sponsors.
It hides
behind a veil of national security and behind non-stop war headlines
of
its own creation. And behind that smokescreen, Bush, Inc. is
pursuing
Hitler’s old agenda from the 1920s and ’30s: serving the interests
of the
corporate industrialists who brought it to power.

There is a
name for governments that serve the interests of Big Business
at the expense
of their own citizens: fascist.

Here’s a short list of the rights we’ve
already surrendered since the
September 11 attacks. Most of these abuses are
from a single piece of
legislation called the Patriot Act of 2001, which was
rushed through
Congress with no debate in the aftermath of the attacks. Many
of the
Congressmen who voted for it later admitted that they hadn’t even read
it
at the time.

1. The government can conduct “sneak and peek”
searches in which agents
enter your home or business and search your
belongings without informing
you until long after.

2. Government
agents can force libraries and bookstores to hand over the
titles of books
that you’ve purchased or borrowed and can demand the
identity of anyone who
has purchased or borrowed certain books. The
government can also prosecute
libraries and bookstores for informing you
that the search occurred or even
for informing you that an inquiry was
made. According to ACLU staff attorney
Jameel Jaffer, such “searches
could extend to doctors’ offices, banks and
other institutions that, like
libraries, were previously off-limits under the
law.” Chris Finan,
President of the American Booksellers group adds: “The
refusal of the
Justice Department to tell Congress how many times it has used
its powers
is even more unsettling because it naturally leads to the
suspicion that
it is using them a lot.”

3. Federal agents are
authorized to use hidden devices to trace the
telephone calls or emails of
people who are not even suspected of a crime.
The FBI is also permitted to
use its Magic Lantern technology to monitor
everything you do on your
computer?recording not just the websites you
visit but EVERY SINGLE KEYSTROKE
as well.

4. Government agents are permitted to arrest and detain
individuals
“suspected” of terrorist activities and to hold them
INDEFINITELY, WITHOUT
CHARGE, and WITHOUT an ATTORNEY.

5. Federal
agents are permitted to conduct full investigations of
American citizens and
permanent legal residents simply because they have
participated in activities
protected by the First Amendment, such as
writing a letter to the editor or
attending a peaceful rally.

6. Law enforcement agents are permitted to
listen in on discussions
between prisoners and their attorneys, thus denying
them their
Constitutional right to confidential legal counsel.

7.
Terrorism suspects may be tried in secret military tribunals where
defendants
have no right to a public trial, no right to trial by jury, no
right to
confront the evidence, and no right to appeal to an independent
court. In
short, the Constitution does not apply.

8. The CIA is granted authority
to spy on American citizens, a power that
has previously been denied to this
international espionage organization.

9. In addition to the Patriot Act,
the Bush administration has given us
Operations TIPS, a government program
that encourages citizens to spy on
each other and to report their neighbors’
activities to the authorities.
It’s EXACLTY the kind of thing for which we
used to fault East Germany and
the Soviet Union, and for which we currently
fault Red China and North
Korea. Fortunately, Operation TIPS (or AmeriSnitch,
as it’s known to its
many detractors) seems to have been recalled to the
factory?at least for
now.

(Incidentally, in a clever variation of
“two-can-play-at-that-game,” Brad
Templeton has set up a website
at
http://www.all-the-other-names-were-taken.com/tipstips.html
where you can
report people you suspect of being informants for
Operation
TIPS. It’s an interesting and amusing site, well worth a
look.

10. In the wake of Operation TIPS came something even worse:
Total
Information Awareness. TIA is a program of the Defense Department
that
when fully operational will link commercial and government databases
so
that the DOD can immediately put its finger on any piece of
information
about you that it wants. New York Times columnist William Safire
writes:
“Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine
subscription
you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you
visit and
e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every
bank
deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend ?
all
these transactions and communications will go into what the
Defense
Department describes as ‘a virtual, centralized grand
database.'”

And that’s not all. Who did our president appoint to head the
TIA? Who
gets to be Big Brother himself? Why it’s none other than John
Poindexter,
a man convicted in 1990 on five counts of lying to Congress,
destroying
official documents, and obstructing congressional inquiries into
the
Iran-contra affair. Another Hermann Goering, if there ever was
one.

At the same time the Bush administration is probing into your
private
life, it is shielding itself from all public scrutiny. It has
shredded
the Freedom of Information Act; it has locked away presidential
records
not only of the current administration but of administrations going
all
the way back to Reagan as well; and it has even locked up
Dubya’s
gubernatorial records so that the people of Texas can’t see what he
did to
them while serving as their governor.

Not surprisingly, the
Bush administration is also using anti-terror
legislation and executive
orders to protect its corporate sponsors from
scrutiny and from prosecution.
The drug company Eli Lilly, for instance,
was recently granted immunity from
all cases brought against it?even those
initiated long before the war on
terrorism?related to a vaccine it
manufactured that turned out to cause
autism in many children. (Eli Lilly
contributed over $3 million in the last
two election campaigns.) The Bush
administration also protected the Bayer
Corporation’s patent on the
antibiotic Cipro throughout the anthrax scare,
whereas other countries,
such as Canada, broke that patent so that other
companies could make
cheaper versions of the drug in case of emergency. It is
interesting to
note that during WWII Bayer was part of the I.G. Farben
conglomerate, the
top financial contributor to the Nazi Party. I.G. Farben
produced petrol
and rubber for the Nazi war machine and it manufactured the
Zyklon B gas
that was used to exterminate millions of Jews and other “enemies
of the
state.” In exchange for these services, the Nazis provided Farben
(and
Bayer) with lucrative government contracts and with slave labor
from
concentration camps.

Under Dubya’s kinder, gentler fascism, U.S.
corporations are now allowed
to do business with the Homeland Security
Department even if they cheat
the government out of vast amounts of tax
revenues by setting up offshore
business fronts in the Caribbean Islands. It
used to be that tax-evaders
were tracked down and punished. Now they’re
rewarded with fat government
contracts. Could the slave labor be far
behind?

If only this were the extent of the Bush administration’s ramble
down the
road to fascism. Way back in November of 2001, William Safire
accused the
Bush administration of “seizing dictatorial power.” Well, Mr.
Safire, you
ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Just when you thought it couldn’t
get any worse, just when you thought we
can’t lose any more of our liberties
and still call ourselves a “free
society,” we learn that the Bush
administration wants to take away even
more of our rights. A secret document
was just leaked out of John
Ashcroft’s Justice Department and turned over to
the Center for Public
Integrity. Titled the Domestic Security Enhancement Act
of 2003, this
document turns out to be a draft of new anti-terrorism
legislation, a
vastly more muscular sequel to Patriot Act. If passed, it
would grant the
executive branch sweeping new powers of domestic
surveillance, and it
would eliminate most of the few remaining checks and
balances that protect
us from tyranny. It’s the Patriot Act on
steroids.

Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity shared this
document with
Bill Moyers, who examined it on NOW, his weekly PBS program.
That episode
aired Friday, February 7, yet even now, three days later, no
mainstream
news broadcaster has picked up this incredible story. Read the
NOW
transcript and see the document itself online at http://www.pbs.org/now/.

Dr. David Cole, a Law
professor at Georgetown University and author of
Terrorism and the
Constitution assessed the document, saying, “I think
this is a quite radical
proposal. It authorizes secret arrests. It would
give the Attorney General
essentially unchecked authority to deport anyone
who he thought was a danger
to our economic interests. It would strip
citizenship from people for lawful
political associations.”

Secret arrests? Did we hear that right? It seems
that the Homeland
Security Department (HSD) is about to become the KGB. The
first Patriot
Act already allows for people to be locked up indefinitely
without a
lawyer and without being charged with a crime. If Patriot Act II
passes,
then arrests would also be secret. That means that dissenters (or
anyone
else, for that matter) could disappear without a trace, just as they
did
in Nazi Germany, in Stalinist Russia, and in Pinochet’s
Chile.

Patriot Act II would also grant even more immunity to Big
Business. A
corporation could pour toxins into your local river, for
instance, and you
wouldn’t know about it until all the fish died and your
neighbors’ kids
were born with missing limbs. And then when you went to court
and
demanded to know what that company was dumping in your river, the
company
could deny you that information of the grounds that it’s a
national
security secret. Jim Hightower put it this way: “All a company has
to do
to shield anything it wants to keep from the public eye?say,
an
embarrassing chemical spill?is give the documents to the Homeland
Security
Department and call them ‘critical infrastructure
information.'”

Ah, but there’s even more to be concerned about here. The
document was
created back in early January, but so far it appears that the
only members
of Congress who even know of its existence are House Speaker
Dennis
Hastert and Vice-president Dick Cheney. (The Vice-president presides
over
the Senate, which makes him a member of the legislative branch as well
as
the executive branch.) This raises a troubling question: Why has
the
White House been sitting on this bill for a month? If the CEOs down
at
Bush, Inc. really believe that they need these broad new powers to
protect
us from terrorists, why not roll out that bill and start the debate?
The
answer is all too plain. In all likelihood, the Bush administration
was
planning to avoid debate entirely by springing this bill on the
American
people in the midst of a perceived national crisis. Perhaps during
the
war with Iraq, for instance. Or perhaps in the aftermath of the
next
terrorist attack. Or perhaps right after the Reichstag fire.

Had
some courageous soul not leaked this document out of the Justice
Department,
the White House might easily have succeeded in passing it
through Congress
without debate in the midst of our next perceived
national crisis, much as it
did with the first Patriot Act in the
aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
A thorough debate of this bill
right now, under fairly stable circumstances,
would defuse it and prevent
its passage even under more frightening
circumstances later on. There’s
just one problem. The debate can’t begin
until more Americans know about
this bill, but so far the Washington Post is
the only major news outlet to
even MENTION this story since Bill Moyers broke
it on Friday night.

Here’s what you can do to help.

First, forward
this email to everyone you know.

Second, join and/or donate money to the
American Civil Liberties Union.
You may not agree with every case the ACLU
takes to court, but you won’t
find a more steadfast defender of the Bill of
Rights anywhere. Find them
online at http://www.aclu.org/. While you’re at there, take the ACLU’s
“How
Free Are We?” quiz at http://www.aclu.org/Quizzes/QuizIntro.cfm?quizID=4.
See if
you can get a perfect score now that you’ve read this essay.

Third, send
an email to the Center for Public Integrity and to the
producers of NOW
thanking them for breaking this story. Here’s a sample
message that you can
use or modify.

I am writing to express my heartfelt thanks and admiration
to the Center
for Public Integrity, to Bill Moyers, to the producers of NOW,
and
especially to the brave unnamed patriot who valued the Bill of Rights
over
his or her own person well-being and, at great personal risk, leaked
a
draft of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 out of the
Justice
Department.
Sincerely,
(Your name, city, and
state.)

Center for Public Integrity: feedback@publicintegrity.org
NOW
with Bill Moyers: now@thirteen.org

Fourth, start the debate over the
Patriot Act that the Bush administration
wants to avoid. Send the following
email message to the major news
outlets demanding that they investigate and
cover this important story.
Here’s what you can say:

On Friday,
February 7, the PBS program NOW with Bill Moyers broke an
important story
about a document recently leaked to the Center for Public
Integrity by an
insider at the Justice Department. That document, titled
the Domestic
Security Enhancement Act of 2003, turns out to be a draft of
a new bill, much
like the Patriot Act, that would grant the executive
branch sweeping and
unprecedented powers to spy on Americans with little
or no judicial
oversight. It would also enable polluting and otherwise
irresponsible
corporations to hide incriminating documents behind the veil
of “national
security” simply by handing them over to the Homeland
Security Department.
Such a bill should obviously not pass without a
thorough and informed debate.
Please investigate this story immediately
and bring it to the attention of
the American people so that such a debate
can begin before we find ourselves
in a war with Iraq or in the midst of
some other national crisis. The
document can be found on the Web at
http://www.publicintegrity.org/.
Thank you,
(Your name,
city, and state.)

New York Times: nytnews@nytimes.com
Los Angeles
Times: letters@latimes.com
Wall Street Journal:
editors@interactive.wsj.com
ABC News: netaudr@abc.com and
niteline@abc.com
NBC News: nightly@nbc.com
MSNBC: world@msnbc.com
CBS
News: evening@cbsnews.com (Fax 60 Minutes at: 212-757-6975)
FOX News:
comments@foxnews.com
CNN: cnn.feedback@cnn.com

Fifth, write your
representative in the House and both of your Senators to
let them know you’re
mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore.
Demand a rollback of the
Patriot Act and state unequivocally that you will
not tolerate ANY further
infringements upon your civil liberties. If you
need help finding your
representatives’ contact information, check out our
Getting Started page at
http://www.theemailactivist.org/GetStart.htm. Here’s
a
sample of what you might say:

Dear Senator (or Representative)
________________,

The Patriot Act of 2001 was passed through Congress so
hastily that it was
not well-considered nor even read by a great many of the
representatives
who voted for it. Now I’ve come to learn from the PBS program
NOW with
Bill Moyers that the Justice Department is hard at work on an even
more
draconian version of the Patriot Act called the Domestic
Security
Enhancement Act of 2003. This bill can be read online at
http://www.publicintegrity.org/.

The original Patriot
Act already challenges far too many of our
Constitutional rights to go any
longer without a thorough revision and a
rollback of many of its features.
The proposed Domestic Security
Enhancement Act of 2003 is an even greater
threat to our civil liberties.
If we were to adopt it, we could no longer
honestly call ourselves a free
society. I am writing you today to demand that
you spearhead a debate and
a revision of the Patriot Act of 2001 and also
that you commit yourself
publicly to opposing ANY further infringements of
American civil liberties
in the name of fighting
terrorism.

Sincerely,
(Your name and address)

Sixth, commit
yourself to a regime change right here at home. Start
working now for the
Democratic Party (http://www.democrats.org), the Green
Party (http://www.greenpartyus.org/), or any political organization
you can
think of that might bring down
the Bush administration in the next
election, if not beforehand. There
are also dozens of “Impeach Bush”
petitions online. Type “impeach bush
petitions” into a search engine like
Google.com and sign every damn one of
them that comes up.

As always,
we thank you for your dedication to true democracy and to the
Bill of Rights,
especially in these dangerous times when our leaders in
the White House
equate dissent with treason instead of with
patriotism.

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