Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 07:59:02 -0500
From: ("Leon")
Subject: FEAR: Overview Of Changes To Legal Rights

See the discussion of this very important Guardian Unlimited article at mber=3D219489


Thursday September 5, 2002 4:50 PM

Some of the fundamental changes to Americans' legal rights by the Bush= administration and the USA Patriot Act following the terror attacks:

- FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION: Government may monitor religious and political= institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror= investigation.

- FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Government has closed once-public immigration= hearings, has secretly detained hundrds of people without charges, and= has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records requests.

- FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any= other records if they tell anyone that the government subpoenaed= information related to a terror investigation.

- RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION: Government may monitor federal prison= jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and deny lawyers to= Americans accused of crimes.

- FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES: Government may search and seize= Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror= investigation.

- RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL: Government may jail Americans= indefinitely without a trial.

- RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being= able to confront witnesses against them.

From the Associated Press Guardian Unlimited =A9 Guardian Newspapers Limited 2002


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