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Why Integrity Is Important Now

The IntegrityMeter: Bush administration integrity to the United States Constitution


Why You Should Care About the USA Patriot Act They're your freedoms - do you want to keep them?

Analysis of the Provisions of the USA Patriot Act that relate to Online Activities
"...there is no evidence that our previous civil liberties posed a barrier to the effective tracking or prosecution of terrorists. In fact, in asking for these broad new powers, the government made no showing that the previous powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to spy on U.S. citizens were insufficient to allow them to investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism. "

The IntegrityMeter

OUR FINDING:
Bush Administration Actions
Have Overridden
Basic American Freedoms


Pinocchio? Or Honest Abe?

1. Rating The Bush Administration's Integrity
to the United States Constitution
ISSUE
HOW IMPORTANT?
(from 0-10)
WHY IMPORTANT?
EVIDENCE FOR OR AGAINST
"TRUTH & CONSISTENCY":
Upholding the U.S. Constitution
INTEGRITYMETER SCORE
+100=TOTAL INTEGRITY;
-100 = TOTAL LACK OF INTEGRITY
(one Pinocchio = -10)
USA PATRIOT ACT 213: VIOLATES FOURTH AMENDMENT:
no unreasonable search & seizure
6
RIGHT TO PRIVACY
"Sneak & peak": secret entry of your home/office without showing you a warrant!
-9
-54

USA PATRIOT ACT 218: VIOLATES FOURTH AMENDMENT:
specific cause needed to violate your privacy
4
Need for probable cause to invade your privacy
FBI no longer needs 'probable cause for surveillance'
-8
-32
Ashcroft's Edict for Increased Surveillance of Religious & Political Organizations VIOLATES FIRST & FOURTH AMENDMENTS rescinds anti-COINTELPRO protections against known FBI abuses
4
Allows surveillance on your church & political gatherings with no probable cause
FBI no longer needs justification to spy on you ; inhibition of freedom of speech
-4
-16
President Bush's Executive Order- designating 'enemy combatant':
VIOLATES FIFTH & SIXTH AMENDMENTS:Due process of law required to detain or arrest you
8
Can strip citizens of right to lawyer or trial; can detain you INDEFINITELY without proof or charges
'Detainment' of U.S. citizens without access to a lawyer, knowing the charges, or seeing the evidence against you.
-10
-80:

USA PATRIOT ACT 412
VIOLATES FIFTH & SIXTH AMENDMENTS:

Due process of law required to detain or arrest you
8
Deprives immigrants of right to lawyer or trial; imprisonment without proof or charges
'Detainment' of 5000 non-U.S. citizens for more than a year after 911; Immigrants 'disappeared': families refused knowledge of whereabouts; Ashcroft 0 for 5000 for convictions against these 'terrorists'
-10
-80

USA PATRIOT ACT 412
VIOLATES EIGHTH AMENDMENT:no cruel or unusual punishment
9
Allows deportation to places where torture is permitted
Geneva conventions jettisoned, torture occurring at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan
-10
-90
Adding Up Total Integrity Exhibited Toward the Constitution (out of possible +600 score here)
-354
TOO MANY PINOCCHIOS TO SHOW!!!


Participant Comments follow below
We are supposed to have freedom from being arrested without probable cause or not being held to account for a crime unless indicted by a grand jury. We are supposed to be free from government denying us access to the witnesses against us. Evidence is supposed to be presented in open court and subject to cross examination and the scrutiny of the light of day. We are supposed to be free from inquisition by secret evidence. We are supposed to be free from bond being denied us while we await trial and free from cruel and unusual punishment. And by we, I mean not just American citizens, but aliens lawfully in this country. These guarantees have been violated thousands of times since September 11. - The>http://alternet.org/rights/20224/">The Other War: A Three Year Assault on Civil Liberties

IF AMERICA IS ABOUT FREEDOM, WHY DON'T WE MAKE SURE WE KEEP OURS???

A.Harken
10/31/04 18:56:17 GMT

We are supposed to have freedom from being arrested without probable cause or not being held to account for a crime unless indicted by a grand jury. We are supposed to be free from government denying us access to the witnesses against us. Evidence is supposed to be presented in open court and subject to cross examination and the scrutiny of the light of day. We are supposed to be free from inquisition by secret evidence. We are supposed to be free from bond being denied us while we await trial and free from cruel and unusual punishment. And by we, I mean not just American citizens, but aliens lawfully in this country. These guarantees have been violated thousands of times since September 11. - The>http://alternet.org/rights/20224/">The Other War: A Three Year Assault on Civil Liberties

IF AMERICA IS ABOUT FREEDOM, WHY DON'T WE MAKE SURE WE KEEP OURS???

A.Harken
10/31/04 18:44:24 GMT

White>http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041022-045746-9868r.htm">White House says will change part of Patriot Act that allows torture

A provision in the USA Patriot Act promoted by the White House and approved by Congress three years ago extended "special maritime and territorial jurisdiction" to all U.S. military bases and outposts, which means they are legally U.S. territory.


However, the U.S. law against torture only prohibits torture by U.S. personnel carried out outside of the United States. The Torture Statute does not prohibit torture carried out on U.S. territory. Therefore, the Patriot Act exempts from prosecution anyone who tortures prisoners at a military base overseas -- including Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, where some 500 prisoners in the war on terror are being held, and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.


Nice to know torture is OK here in the U.S. !

Pema Kharpo
10/31/04 18:36:26 GMT

Whyoming>http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2004/10/23/news/wyoming/95b7fe2420fd4fe487256f350082ea75.txt">Whyoming Democrat says Patriot Act will be used to spy on gun owners

Eddie
10/31/04 18:33:02 GMT

ADD TO MENU:
Integrity>http://www.global-dialog.org/democracy/mvl.cgi?NextName=Integrityisthekey.html">Integrity is the Key - Do You Have It?

Valerie
10/31/04 18:25:46 GMT

ADD TO MENU:
>http://www.sacurrent.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10705756&BRD=2318&PAG=461&dept_id=482778&rfi=6"> WITH A WHISPER, NOT A BANG - Bush signs parts of Patriot Act II into law stealthily - By David Martin

By signing the bill on the day of Hussein's capture, Bush effectively consigned a dramatic expansion of the USA Patriot Act to a mere footnote. Consequently, while most Americans watched as Hussein was probed for head lice, few were aware that the FBI had just obtained the power to probe their financial records, even if the feds don't suspect their involvement in crime or terrorism.

To get the records, the FBI doesn't have to appear before a judge, nor demonstrate "probable cause" - reason to believe that the targeted client is involved in criminal or terrorist activity. Moreover, the National Security Letters are attached with a gag order, preventing any financial institution from informing its clients that their records have been surrendered to the FBI. If a financial institution breaches the gag order, it faces criminal penalties. And finally, the FBI will no longer be required to report to Congress how often they have used the National Security Letters.

Vera Hawken
10/31/04 18:24:43 GMT

Here's the real kicker from the above: WHY THE NEED FOR STEALTH?
"The Bush Administration has yet to answer pivotal questions about its latest constitutional coup: If these new executive powers are necessary to protect United States citizens, then why would the legislation not withstand the test of public debate? If the new act's provisions are in the public interest, why use stealth in ramming them through the legislative process? "

Vera Hawken
10/31/04 17:53:16 GMT

below
ADD TO MENU:
>http://www.sacurrent.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10705756&BRD=2318&PAG=461&dept_id=482778&rfi=6"> WITH A WHISPER, NOT A BANG - Bush signs parts of Patriot Act II into law stealthily - By David Martin

By signing the bill on the day of Hussein's capture, Bush effectively consigned a dramatic expansion of the USA Patriot Act to a mere footnote. Consequently, while most Americans watched as Hussein was probed for head lice, few were aware that the FBI had just obtained the power to probe their financial records, even if the feds don't suspect their involvement in crime or terrorism.

To get the records, the FBI doesn't have to appear before a judge, nor demonstrate "probable cause" - reason to believe that the targeted client is involved in criminal or terrorist activity. Moreover, the National Security Letters are attached with a gag order, preventing any financial institution from informing its clients that their records have been surrendered to the FBI. If a financial institution breaches the gag order, it faces criminal penalties. And finally, the FBI will no longer be required to report to Congress how often they have used the National Security Letters.
Vera Hawken
10/31/04 17:51:47 GMT