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  • Ram Lau
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_PATRIOT_Act The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 5, 2004

      "The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate
      Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA
      PATRIOT Act, H.R. 3162, S. 1510, Public Law 107-56) is a United
      States legislative law, enacted in response to the September 11,
      2001 Terrorist Attacks. The bill passed 98-1 in the United States
      Senate, and 356-66 in the United States House of Representatives;
      Senator Russ Feingold (Democrat, Wisconsin) cast the Senate's lone
      dissenting vote. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law
      on October 26, 2001. Assistant attorney general Viet D. Dinh was the
      chief architect of the act."


      "The Reichstag Fire Decree (in German, Reichstagsbrandverordnung) is
      the commonly used abbreviation for the law that was passed by the
      Nazi government in direct response to the Reichstag fire of February
      27, 1933. It took the government only one day to pass it on February

      The actual name of the decree is Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten
      zum Schutz von Volk und Staat (Decree of the Reich President for the
      protection of people and state). At the behest of Chancellor Adolf
      Hitler, the law was issued by the aging (and lapsing in and out of
      senility) Paul von Hindenburg using the authority of Art. 48
      subsection 2 of the Weimar Constitution which allowed the
      Reichspräsident to take any appropriate measure to remedy dangers to
      public safety. It represents one of the key steps which the Nazi
      government took to formally establish its rule, commonly referred to
      as Gleichschaltung.

      It suspended most of the human rights set forth in the constitution
      of the 1919 Weimar Republic. Since the decree is exemplary of how
      the Nazis quite legally abolished all remainders of what makes a
      modern democracy, § 1 shall be reproduced in full:

      The articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the
      constitution of the German Empire are suspended until further
      notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights to
      personal freedom [meaning habeas corpus], freedom of speech,
      including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and
      assemble, the privacy of letters, mail, telegraphs and telephones,
      order searches and confiscations and restrict property, even if this
      is not otherwise provided for by present law."
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