“Patriot” Act II Bush Administration Escalates Its War on Americans’ Freedom

The Bush administration’s draft “Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003” (DSEA) indicates that even after the 2001 Patriot Act expanded federal police powers while curtailing privacy rights, the Bush administration thinks Americans are still too free and government too small. Like the Patriot Act, the massive “Security Act” draft contains a few measures that could help catch a terrorist, surrounded by many that merely propel us further toward a secretive police state.

Orange Alert for Civil Liberties

The Justice Department’s plans for a “Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003” were revealed only through a Department insider leaking the document to the watchdog group Center for Public Integrity. Dick Cheney and House Speaker Dennis Hastert are the only recognizable elected or quasi-elected officials documented as having obtained the document, which is marked “Confidential: Not for Distribution Draft Jan. 9, 2003.”