Posts tagged "patriot act"

Remembering Differently:
Coping with 9/11 Fatigue

by Jeremy F. Walton 9/11 fatigue is a fully comprehensible, affective response to the cadences of nationalism that have accompanied public commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. But this fatigue should not constitute the alibi for indifference, solipsism, or cynicism. Several weeks after September 11, 2001, I participated in what was surely a...

Catholic Workers Take a Stand Against Anti-Terrorism

Mary Valle: Way to go, Baltimore City Paper, for covering Viva House's rejection of the loyalty oath now demanded of United Way fundees, as directed by the USA PATRIOT act. Edward Ericson Jr. reports that a soup kitchen, which has been run since 1968 by Catholic Workers Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham, will no longer receive the small "write-in...

J. Edgar Hoover’s Dream

There’s no mention of religion in Barton Gellman‘s brilliant, terrifying Washington Post report, “The FBI’s Secret Scrutiny,” but there doesn’t need to be for it to merit discussion on The Revealer. Gellman explains how the Patriot Act has fostered the explosive growth in the use of “national security letters” allowing the FBI to investigate —...

Welcome to the Patriot Act

An Islamic civil rights group has accused the U.S. border patrol of religious profilingafter American Muslims returning from a religious conference were stopped, searched, photographed and fingerprinted becase, as a spokeswoman for Homeland Security explained, the department had information that such conferences could be used by terrorists to promote their cause. Silly border patrol: who needs...

British Patriotism

Much debate around the legislation known as the Patriot Acts has focussed on whether they will lead to civil liberties violations. But a story about the Patriot Act’s British counterpart, the Terrorism Act, and its enforcement lead to another question: Will such anti-terrorism laws breach the wall between church and state, in practice if not in word? Yesterday The...