The Orwellian VICTORY Act…coming soon to your neck of the woods

Libertythink has obtained from Washington contacts a draft copy of the
href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%22Vital+Interdiction+of+Criminal+Terrorist+Organizations+Act%22&btnG=Google+Search">Vital
Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003,” also known by
the Orwellian sobriquet “VICTORY Act.”

Attorney General John Ashcroft is
currently putting on a little href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/story/106872p-96686c.html">road
show to garner support for the bill, as well as for the USA PATRIOT Act,
which had two of its more Draconian provisions href="http://www.house.gov/paul/press/press2003/pr072403.htm">targeted for
defunding by the House of Representatives in late July.

(Though it
does contain similar provisions, the VICTORY Act is not the same bill as the href="http://post911timeline.org/USAPAII.htm">Domestic Security Enhancement
Act, popularly known as href="http://post911timeline.org/USAPAII.htm">PATRIOT II, which was leaked
in February.)

The draft obtained by Libertythink is dated June
27, and word in the Beltway is that the VICTORY Act is still being retooled over
the August recess before it is introduced in the Senate. Although this may not
be the final form of the act, Libertythink encourages its readers to
study the bill and hit Ashcroft with hard questions when and if he comes to your
town.

Measures in the 89-page draft include:
Creation of a new
category of crime called “Narco-terrorism.”
Radical expansion of asset
forfeiture powers for the Departments of Justice and Homeland
Security.
Expansion of the definition of money-laundering to several kinds
of transactions, including offshore banking as a means of tax
evasion.
Creation of a ludicrous new “crime” of “reverse
money-laundering.”
Longer jail terms for a number of nonviolent drug and
nondrug offenses.
Expanded opportunities for judge-shopping in wiretap
cases.
Expansion of nonjudicial “administrative subpoenas” for “terrorism”
investigations as broadly defined in the USA PATRIOT Act.

…..and that’s just a partial listing. Snagged from Linkfilter.net

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