H.R.10 Viewed as Expansion of Patriot Act
CAIR opposes some provisions of legislation (H.R.10) currently in the U.S.
House of Representatives aimed at reorganizing the U.S. intelligence
community. The chairman and vice-chairman of the 9/11 Commission strongly
oppose the same provisions saying they: "…are controversial and are not
part of our recommendations…"
The Washington Post says the bill: "might be dismissed as an election-year
stunt were it not so dangerous."
Included among the suspect provisions:
* Imposition of what amounts to a national identity card. A similar measure
providing national standards for birth certificates and driver's licenses
was repealed in 2000.
* Alien removal procedures that bar courts from reviewing claims that the
deportee may be tortured upon returning to his or her country of origin.
The Supreme Court has previously found that an elimination of judicial
review in these cases raises serious constitutional question. Counsel to
the President Alberto R. Gonzales recently wrote that even the President
does not support this provision.
These provisions, along with some others, are viewed by CAIR as an
expansion of the Patriot Act. The ACLU shares this position.
Act today. This legislation is being fast tracked. Contact those persons
who work for you in Washington, DC and urge them to remove these provisions.
Act quickly. This bill is expected to go to vote on the House floor this week.
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