Patriot Act abuses

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  • Case No. C-02-3444 SI: "John Gilmore vs. John Ashcroft, et al., filed in United States District Court, Northern District of California, July 18, 2002, posted at "On July 4, 2002, Plaintiff tried to fly to Washington, DC to petition the government for redress of grievances and to associate with others for that purpose. He was stopped because he refused to identify himself before boarding the flight. ... When he asked the airline officials why, they told him the government required that the airlines ask for ID, but they could point him to no law or regulation to support their demand. That is because no such regulation has been published. For the first time in this Nation's history, the US government is using secret regulations to restrict First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. ... Plaintiff objects to any requirement that he produce any government-issued document, whether it contains his identity or not, as a precondition of exercising his constitutional right to live or travel within the United States. Such 'internal passports' are anathema to a free society."
  • Michelle Madigan, Report Card on the Patriot Act. Government cites successes, while privacy watchdogs say failures and problems aren't publicized, pcworld, October 9, 2002.
  • USA-Patriot Act Abuses begin, gamersnook, December 6, 2002.