The advocacy group Public Integrity issued a press release on February 7 detailing their research on a previously secret 120 page draft of what is being called the "Patriot Act II" legislation, which apparently has not been shared with the House Judiciary Committee. This draft was written by the staff of Attorney General John Ashcroft.
The draft document, titled The Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, provides a section by section analysis of this new legislation granting the government new and expanded powers to fight terrorism through means which are already being utilized including: domestic surveillance, data-mining, law enforcement acitivities, new limitations on freedom of information, and a decrease in judicial review.
The draft document can take minutes to download due to its length, so Public Integrity has made it, and related documents, available in several parts, all in PDF, or you may choose to download the complete 120 page PDF version:
- Part I (4.9 MB)
- Part II (1.9 MB)
- Part III (1.8 MB)
- Part IV (1.8 MB)
- Part V (1.9 MB) )
- The complete 120 page draft of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 (12 MB)
- The Office of Legislative Affairs which shows that a copy of the bill was sent to Speaker Hastert and Vice President Cheney (157 KB)
- Read the Justice Department's response to this report. (230 KB)