sdpoling at attbi.com
Mon Apr 7 16:13:25 CDT 2003
I just read a blog on National Review's website about the Amber Alert bill currently
pending. The bottom line is that when you're talking about the erosion of civil liberties,
this isn't a Left (vs) Right thing. And it isn't restricted to the Patriot Act, but
mischief is often proposed under the label of "saving children."
RAVE [Dave Kopel]
Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) has been pushing a civil liberties disaster called the "RAVE
Act," as I detailed a several weeks ago. Very strong grassroots opposition has stalled the
Biden bill in Congress. It has not passed a single committee. So now, Biden is attempting
to put the RAVE Act onto the conference committee version of the Amber Alert bill (S.
151), regarding abuducted children. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, Biden is
incorrectly claiming that the ACLU no longer opposes his bill. The popular Amber Alert
bill is in very serious danger of being taken over as a vehicle for oppressive laws which
can't make it through the legislative process on their own merits when exposed to public
scrutiny. The House version of the Amber bill includes a particularly repressive measure
having nothing to do with missing children: the Feeney Amendment destroys most disrection
of federal judges to impose downward departures under the federal sentencing guidelines.
The discretion would be transferred to prosecutors--a serious violation of the principle
of separation of powers, based on a draconian and unjust insistence that the failed
federal drug war must never waver from imposing major sentences on minor actors.
Posted at 03:37 PM
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