Friday, April 04, 2003

Protestors may face 25 years to life in jail as terrorists
'An Oregon anti-terrorism bill would jail street-blocking protesters for at least 25 years in a thinly veiled effort to discourage anti-war demonstrations, critics say. The bill has met strong opposition but lawmakers still expect a debate on the definition of terrorism and the value of free speech before a vote by the state senate judiciary committee, whose Chairman, Republican Senator John Minnis, wrote the proposed legislation.

'Dubbed Senate Bill 742, it identifies a terrorist as a person who "plans or participates in an act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to disrupt" business, transportation, schools, government, or free assembly.'

A severely repressive measure worthy of a police state from a congressman, wrapped in the flag, who doubtless calls himself a 'patriot' and defender of 'freedom.'.

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