Ann Arbor, Mich. - As the government seeks greater power to track and arrest terrorist suspects, several federal and local officials have mustered counter efforts to guard citizens against unlawful investigations in judicial procedures.
Hoping to limit the scope of federal investigative agencies, two U.S. Congressmen have introduced a bill that would repeal several provisions of the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act. The act allows the government to police terrorist
suspects through secret searches, increased access to classified records and prolonged detentions.
Among lawmakers and activists who support the new bill -- known as the "Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act" and authored by U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) -- U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) has pledged his sponsorship. Michigan branches of the American
Civil Liberties Union, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have also voiced their favor for repealing sections of the original Patriot Act...
"The Patriot Act ... has definitely affected our community because it has been used against some in our community," said national CAIR spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed, referring to the Arab and Muslim community. "Many people have been arrested without evidence or any connection with criminal activity -- some have been deported..."