Thursday, February 13, 2003

ABA taking a stand against Bush Administration

A Feb 10 American Bar Association resolution "urges Congress to ensure, through appropriate legislation, regular and timely oversight, and expanded
reporting requirements, that the FISA is used only when the government
has a significant foreign intelligence purpose -- as required by the
USA PATRIOT Act -- and not to circumvent the stricter Fourth Amendment
warrant requirements applicable to ordinary searches and surveillances. "

The ABA also lambasted the Bush Administration for denying so-called "enemy combatants" the right to meet with counsel. The vote was overwhelming, but not unanimous. About 70 or so ABA members voted against this measure.

Excerpt from EPIC Alert 10.03.

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