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Send in The Waco Killers

General sources and organizations
  
CATO Institute articles, commentary
In Defense of Freedom has a large list of organizations signed on to support civil liberties
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act
WILLIAM SAFIRE Seizing Dictatorial Power 
ACLU updates legislative, analysis on civil liberties since 9-11
National Lawyers Guild Know Your Rights Information
Executive Orders and Laws relating to National Emergencies
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for National Security Studies
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Anti-Terrorism Aviation Security Bills  
U.S. Military Civil Disturbance Planning The War at Home 
State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) 
PFAW News Terrorism Bill Will Require Vigilant By Civil Liberties 
1996 CDT's Counter-Terrorism issues page
Legal Niceties Aside . . . (washingtonpost.com) 
AlterNet -- Behind the USA Patriot Act
Bush's war at home government censorship secrecy and lies 
Gross Usurpation of Power
Vin Suprynowicz, author Send in The Waco Killers
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Political profiling, censorship, privacy issues

FBI-airport political profiling from 1999 
Protester-Detained at Canadian border  
Crackdown on Dissent - political profiling and pre-emptive mass arrests
Watching You - Systematic Federal Surveillance of Ordinary Americans - CATO
Dissent Does Not Give Aid, Comfort to Enemy -  CATO
Public eye Security_for_Activists  
First Amendment Foundation
MOCKINGBIRD The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA 
CityBeat Political Profiling (2001-04-05) 
How Police Justify Labelling Demonstrators as Terrorists Government Surveillance 
CorpWatch.org - EU Secret Spy Network Formed to Track Protestors 
Spying & Repression Against Greenpeace & Other Ecology Groups
Who's reading your e-mail? Draconian Law Enforcement is not a Solution to Terrorism
Executive Orders Issued by Fundamentalist President George W. Bush
Bush Homeland Security Invades American Homes
We Can Only Guess What Secrets Bush Is Keeping
ACLU Says "Traveler's IDs" For Airline Passengers Will Create Dangerously False Sense of Security Statement of Barry Steinhardt, Associate Director American Civil Liberties Union
ID Cards from Free-Market.Net The Freedom Network 
Face recognition computers, links LOTS- civil liberties emergency 
GLOBAL Privacy International 
EPIC Electronic Privacy Information Center 
Village Voice Nation Terrorizing the Bill of Rights by Nat Hentoff 

Racial profiling

Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee
Arab American Action Network
Council on American Islamic Relations
Arab men disappearing in the U.S. - "The secret detention of [hundreds of] people over the past few weeks is frighteningly close to the practice of 'disappearing' people in Latin America." Kate Martin, director of Center for National Security Studies 
Racist Terrorists are Terrorizing the U.S. Bill of Rights
Plan to Question 5,000 Raises Issue of Racial Profiling
"Racial Profiling" in News Reporting 
Materials on Racial Profiling 
from Amnesty Int    Police brutality, Prison issues, Assylum seekers, Death penalty

Immigration and refugees

Hotlines by state for reporting racial/ethnic hate crimes and discrimination, contains email addresses, also national hotlines and email addresses for organizations
Militarizing US/Mexico border
The Volunteer Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is seeking law student, legal worker and attorney volunteers to work with asylum seekers in southern Florida, New Mexico and Texas.
ACLU Immigrants' Rights Page
The Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP) of the American Civil Liberties Union works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education.
Citizens & Immigrants for Equal Justice (CIEJ)   CIEJ is a coalition of American and legal permanent resident families opposed to the enactment of the current immigration laws.
Criminal Defense Immigration Project in New York City    The Criminal Defense Immigration Project, operated by the New York State Defenders Association, provides immigration law backup support and counseling to New York defense lawyers and others who represent or assist immigrants in criminal justice and immigration systems, as well as to immigrants themselves.
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists.

Criminal law issues, & asset forfeiture in the drug war

Forfeiture Endangers American Rights Foundation
Articles Critically Examining Police & Prosecutor Use and Abuse of Forfeiture Laws
Marijuana Policy Project   
November Coalition
US considers use of torture in interrogation of terrorism suspects 
Bush Executive Order Creates Military Kangaroo Courts
Bush Order on Military Tribunals is Further Evidence That U.S. Government is Abandoning Democracy's Checks and Balances, Statement of Laura W. Murphy, Director ACLU Washington National Office
U.S. is Brutalizing Principles of Justice, The San Jose Mercury News - Editorial
Ashcroft's Unlawful Rule   "Attorney General John Ashcroft wants to shatter attorney-client privilege, constitutionally protected by the Sixth Amendment, at his discretion."
Power Grab Allows U.S. Government Eavesdropping on Inmate-Attorney Conversations
New Anti-Terrorism Law Continues Dangerous Trend Of Stripping Federal Judiciary Of Authority
Secret Evidence Measure Resoundingly Defeated; ACLU Applauds Senate Vote Favoring Basic Due Process
SWAT teams by locality
Snitch Culture 
Militarizing US/Mexico border
The Police State Conspiracy- an Indictment, R.K.Moore
The War at Home  
JusticeNet Criminal Justice  
 

Laws and edicts in depth

     History of anti-terrorism and security legislation
Preventing a Reign Of Terror: Civil Liberties Implications Of Terrorism Legislation
1996 Oklahoma City University; David B. Kopel, Joseph Olson.  This article was published in the Summer/Fall 1996 issue of Oklahoma City University Law Review. The issue was titled "A Symposium on Domestic Terrorism" and was dedicated to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.  A lengthy, detailed study of the history of terrorism and political repression in U.S.history and recent European history. Alien and Sedition Acts, Civil War, anti-labor repression, Palmer Raids and FBI, British Prevention of Terrorism Act, U.S. Posse Comitatus Act, millitarization of law enforcement, Unabomber, Internet censorship, militias, wiretapping, warrantless data gathering, COINTELPRO, Federalizing Violent Crime by Defining it as Terrorism, etc.
     Aviation Security Bill
Bush signs compromise aviation security bill 
Congress passes aviation security bill
Anti-Terrorism Aviation Security Bills
FBI-airport political profiling from 1999
ACLU Says "Traveler's IDs" For Airline Passengers Will Create Dangerously False Sense of Security Statement of Barry Steinhardt, Associate Director American Civil Liberties Union
Airport security bill heads to conference
     Current U.S. Anti-terrorist laws and orders
Aviation and Transportation Security Act
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act
Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001
USA Patriot Act (H.R.3162) (.pdf file)
Legislation Related to the Attack of September 11, 2001 (Thomas)
Terrorism Law & Policy (U. of Pittsburgh)
Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
Authorization for Use of Military Force (SJ Res 23)
SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.
   (a) IN GENERAL- That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
Office of Foreign Assets Control: Legal Basis
U.S. Code (Findlaw)
Terrorism Title 18 Parts I and II
War Powers Resolution Title 50 Chapter 33
Air Commerce and Safety Title 49 Subtitle VII
War and National Defense Title 50
Executive Order - Establishing Office of Homeland Security
Executive Order - Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism
Declaration of National Emergency by Reason Of Certain Terrorist Attacks
National Emergency Powers (.pdf file Congressional Research Service background paper, Sept 18 01)
Executive Orders And Laws relating to National Emergencies Laws   
Global Circle.net home page      "Over the years we have been warned about the danger of subversive organizations that would threaten our liberties, subvert our system, would encourage its members to take further illegal action to advance their views, organizations that would incite and promote violence, pitting one American group against another... There is an organization that does fit those descriptions, and it is the organization, the leadership of which has been most constant in its warning to us to be on guard against such harm. The [FBI] did all of those things.  [emphasis added]
     --
Senator Philip A. Hart
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities and the Rights of
Americans, 1975