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April 29, 2003

We really can't let that Patriot Act, or any version of it, remain in force after the original 9/03 expiration date.

As far as that goes, I think all laws allowing people to be held indefinitely without being charged with a crime, should be repealed.

Until criminal charges were filed Monday, Hawash was held as a "material witness" under a 1984 law that has been used to detain terrorist suspects without the need for prosecutors to charge them with a crime.
If they did nothing else, the protests about holding Mike Hawash incommunicado since March 20 at least prompted the Administration into filing actual charges.

Don't get me wrong, okay? I'm all about USofA citizens not giving aid and comfort to our enemies, but unlike our current Administration, I have faith in the ability of our judicial system to take care of these things.

And it's no secret to us that the economy has been pretty lousy since 9/11. That said, why did median pay for CEOs at major defense contractor firms rise 79% between 2001 and 2002? As far as that goes, why in the heck did other media CEO pay rise 6% in the same time frame? Did your pay rise 6% between 2001 and 2002? If it didn't the CEO of your company shouldn't have gotten a raise, either.

And while no child is being left behind, I think we were entitled to know that the finish of that sentence was always intended to be, "in the race to poverty," don't you?

Posted by AnneZook at 09:51 AM