During the Months of August I attended a couple of fairs and livestock auctions and visited with folks I hadn't seen in quite some time. Before our conversations ended the question often came up, what do you think of our President? My answer was; what do you think of the Patriot Act? Many of my friends had never heard of it or if they did, had forgotten that it was pushed through Congress by President Bush and was passed before our legislators had a chance to read it. Then came the Patriot Act II, which was leaked to the public before Congress had a chance to legislate and because it destroyed what was left of our Constitution and Bill of Rights following Patriot Act I, opposition from both parties was enough to cause the Justice Department to back down [for now] and the new Patriot Bill dropped out of the picture.
Now the same unconstitutional plan is being drafted by the Justice Department and Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, and co-sponsered by four other Republicans who sit on the Judiciary Committee. The bill is titled "The Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003" but for a more simple name it is called the "Victory Act." Not only does this bill contain several passages from the original Patriot Act II bill but it practically gives the government a free rein to wiretap and use other illegal investigative powers. According to Ray Singel, (wired.com/news) "The Victory Act seems to be an attempt to merge the war on terrorism and the war on drugs into a single campaign.
It includes a raft of provisions increasing the government's ability to investigate, wiretap, prosecute and incarcerate money launderers, fugitives, Narco-Terrorism and nonviolent drug dealers. The bill also outlaws hawalass, the informal and documentless money transferring system widely used in the Middle East, India and parts of Asia."
Only a rough draft of the bill has been seen as this publication goes to press, and the language may be changed by the time Congress has an opportunity to vote, however there are a couple of frightening aspects in the bill. The bill would give the FBI the ability to issue its own subpoenas without having to consult a judge. It would also shift power away from the judiciary and defense lawyers and give the government more power to seize assets, secure financial records and restrict judges from setting sentences on drug dealers, so that anyone convicted of possessing more than 200 meth pills would automatically go to jail for 200 years. That's right (two-hudred years)
Timothy Edgar, legislative counsel for the ACLU said, "It's cleverly packaged as an antiterrorism package, when really it's just a grab bag of changes the Justice Department wants."
What do I think of our President? He's allowing a lot to happen that George Washington wouldn't approve of.
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Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.
Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.
In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information. In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.
Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical
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"The bill would give the FBI the ability to issue its own subpoenas without having to consult a judge. It would also shift power away from the judiciary..."