Slow Adventures in Slothville

June 21, 2004

A Tidbit

Filed under: Politics — shhville @ 3:09 pm

From News of the Weird: "….And in April, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of part of the Patriot Act (a public document) but couldn't publicly reveal what its lawsuit claimed because such disclosure without Justice Department permission is forbidden by the Patriot Act. (The Department OK'd a heavily censored press release 22 days later.) [Washington Post, 5-13-04]"



  1. Hey Sloth — check out the comments on this post. Dave gives another blogger instructions on how to add links to one’s site. It seems technologically overwhelming, but if a luddite like me can do it…

    Comment by Michael — June 21, 2004 @ 3:24 pm

  2. Mike! Mike! I did it!!! Thank you so much – I feel all empowered and geeky now – it’s lovely! Yay for Mike!

    Comment by Sloth — June 21, 2004 @ 3:54 pm

  3. More about Patriot Act:
    Did you see this?

    DAY 57:

    On May 2, English journalist Elena Lappin was detained in a small cell, interrogated, strip searched and handcuffed for 26 hours at the Los Angeles International Airport when she arrived in the United States without an I-visa.

    Due to a chapter in the Patriot Act titled Protecting the Border, foreign journalists are now required to apply for a special visa known as the I-visa in order to gain entrance to the United States.

    The I-visa provision was reinstated March 2003 after it was revoked in 1952. Since the I-visa was reinstated, 13 foreign journalists have been detained and then deported.

    Lappin was not notified that an I-visa was needed to enter the United States. She has worked in the United States many times before, is married to an American, was at one point an American resident, and has an American-born daughter.

    Journalist requirements similar to the I-visa are also seen in Iran, Cuba, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

    After her release, Lappin stated that “in the process of trying to develop a foolproof system of protecting itself against genuine threats, the US has lost the ability to distinguish between friend and foe. The price this powerful country is paying for living in fear is the price of its civil liberties.”

    (Source: Lappin, Elena. “Welcome to America.” The Guardian, 5 June 2004.)

    Comment by Avuncular 1 — June 22, 2004 @ 12:46 pm

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