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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:48 PM
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'Show Some Backbone' on Patriot Act
http://www.kucinich.us/pressreleases/pr_041704.php

Go, Dennis, Go! This is a week old; if it was posted already, I missed it; just came through my inbox today.

Kucinich Calls on Democratic Party to 'Show Some Backbone' on Patriot Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2004

Contact: Matt Harris, (216) 403-3980, press@kucinich.us, Terre Lundy, (515) 988-5534


As President Bush today called upon Congress to renew the controversial Patriot Act, Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said, "It's time for the Democratic Party to take a strong stand and call for the repeal of the Patriot Act."

Kucinich, campaigning in Oregon in advance of that state's May 18 primary election, said that he is making the repeal of the Patriot Act one of the principal issues he intends to press with the leadership of the Democratic Party for inclusion in the Party's platform.

"It's time for our Party to show some backbone. It's time to stand for the repeal of the Patriot Act. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I spoke against it, I voted against it, and I introduced legislation for its repeal," said the Ohio Congressman. "In campaigning across America, it's unmistakably clear that there is an almost universal rejection of the Patriot Act."

"Democrats can strengthen the Party's commitment to basic civil liberties by standing for the repeal of the Patriot Act and by blocking the government's attempt to continue pursuing a policy of unreasonable search and seizure, of snooping into the private lives of our citizens, and of violating our Constitutional rights and freedoms."

Kucinich concluded: "The Patriot Act was passed in a climate of fear. Fear and democracy are inconsistent. It is wrong for the United States government to ask our citizens to defend our country and then to ignore and violate the very rights we are called upon to defend."

Kucinich is in the Portland area tonight and tomorrow. He will be available for interviews. Contact Terre Lundy at (515) 988-5534 or Matt Harris at (216) 403-3980.

For information about the National campaign: http://www.kucinich.us

For Congressman Kucinich's Schedule: http://www.kucinich.us/schedule.htm .

To schedule an interview with Kucinich or a spokesperson: jonathans@kucinich.us



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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:49 PM
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1. I just got it today too....
Why can't Kerry jump on this too??

I just wish we would have gotten more support for Dennis....he nails EVERYTHING....

Peace
DR
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 05:27 PM
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2. where is the rest of the Democratic party?
DK, out in front as usual.
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 07:42 PM
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3. I just got on DK's email list
by sending him a little money.

He makes too much damn sense to be 'electable".
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:56 PM
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4. HR 3171???
If he really means it, why didn't he introduce legislation to just repeal the whole thing?

December 29, 2003

"Kucinich, who voted against and remains one of the most vocal opponents of the original PATRIOT ACT, has already introduced legislation to repeal many sections of the bill. (HR 3171) Today, Kucinich announced that when Congress returns, he intends to introduce language to repeal a section in the FY 04 Intelligence Authorization Act that allows the government greater power to acquire financial records without judicial oversight from car dealers, pawnbrokers, travel agencies, and many other businesses."

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/oh10_kucinich/0312...
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