robin hood zorrro
2006-03-12 22:03:02 UTC
which could be introduced as soon as next week.
The draft would add to the criminal penalties for anyone who
"intentionally discloses information identifying or describing" the
Bush administration's terrorist surveillance program or any other
eavesdropping program conducted under a 1978 surveillance law.
Under the boosted penalties, those found guilty could face fines of up
to $1 million, 15 years in jail or both.
Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said
the measure is broader than any existing laws.
She said, for example, the language does not specify that the
information has to be harmful to national security or classified.
"The bill would make it a crime to tell the American people that the
president is breaking the law, and the bill could make it a crime for
the newspapers to publish that fact," said Martin, a civil liberties
Reporters who write about government surveillance could be prosecuted
under proposed legislation that would solidify the administration's
eavesdropping authority, according to some legal analysts who are
concerned about dramatic changes in U.S. law.
That was the obvious next fascist step.
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