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The Bush administration is warning Congress not to tinker with the Internet surveillance powers that the USA Patriot Act awarded to federal police.

In a four-page letter to the Senate on Thursday, Attorney General John Ashcroft said that defanging the controversial law, which has been criticized by every major Democratic presidential contender, would "undermine our ongoing campaign to detect and prevent catastrophic terrorist attacks." Were Congress to vote to amend the USA Patriot Act, Ashcroft indicated, President Bush would veto the bill.

Ashcroft was responding to a proposal in the Senate called the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (Safe), which would amend the USA Patriot Act by slapping limits on current police practices relating to surveillance and search warrants. It is sponsored by Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho and has 12 co-sponsors, including two other Republicans.

Many portions of the Safe Act affect the ability of federal police to conduct Internet surveillance against not only terrorists but also suspected perpetrators of a broad range of drug-related, computer hacking and white collar crimes. The measure would amend the USA Patriot Act to require, for instance, that electronic-surveillance orders specify either the identity or location of the suspect and that the person be there at the time--a departure from current practice.

"This is an overheated attack on a very modest bill," said Tim Edgar, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "It shows that the attorney general is afraid of the bipartisan momentum that is going forward to fix parts of the Patriot Act."

Ashcroft identifies no terrorist plots that were thwarted by the existence of the USA Patriot Act, Edgar said. "It doesn't contain a single real example of why passage of the Safe Act would impede antiterrorism efforts. It's based entirely on speculation and misleading, slanted legal analysis."

Another section of the Safe Act that Ashcroft criticized would increase privacy protections for library patrons who use public computers for e-mail and Web browsing.

"The Safe Act would make it more difficult, in some circumstances, to obtain information about e-mails sent from public computer terminals at libraries than it would be to obtain the same information about e-mails sent from home computers," Ashcroft said. "Ironically, it would extend a greater degree of privacy to activities that occur in a public place than to those taking place in a home."

In Bush's State of the Union address earlier this month, the president called on Congress to renew the USA Patriot Act. Some portions--though not all--expire Dec. 31.

When enacting the USA Patriot Act in a hurried response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Congress made it much easier for federal police to obtain "pen register" and "trap and trace" orders that could identify a suspect's e-mail correspondents and Web sites visited. The Safe Act would permit those portions of the law to expire at the end of next year. But Ashcroft said: "It will still be needed by law enforcement after Dec. 31, 2005, as the Internet is in no danger of disappearing."

The Safe Act was introduced in the Senate in late October, and it has not had a hearing in the Senate Judiciary committee. A similar bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

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My name is Matthew M Petrin; from Nashville, Tennessee I have worked successfully in the field of commercial real estate since 1988 for firms and clients such as W. Gerald Ezell, Carl Storey III, Insignia Commercial Group, Prudential Insurance, GE Capital, ARC Properties, Jamestown Properties, First Union National Bank, Crescent Resources, Ambassador Joe Rodgers and Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society.

In 2001 I was partner in the firm CAPITAL Real Estate Services. A string of coordinated events began to occur that appear to have been arranged in an effort to cause division between my partner Deborah (Sutton) Wilson (San Diego, CA) her client Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society (Omaha, NE) and myself. Going forward there has been a constant and professional effort to discredit my character, isolate me from society and drain my finances. There have been several horrific events coordinated on subsequent dates of 9-11 over the years following. I have no history that would be a catalyst to such treatment. Coming out of the business development side of our industry I spent my life entertaining and nurturing client relationships. Researching this scenario in an effort to discover motive for this treatment I have discovered the following facts:

* Woodmen Tower was the tallest building in Omaha in 2001
* Mr. Bush visited Omaha on 9-11-01
* Several executives working in the World Trade Towers were in Omaha on 9-11 attended a
fund raiser hosted by Mr. Warren Buffett, further there was a scheduled tour of Offutt Air
Force Stratcom?s -?Global Guardian? which monitor and control global nuclear systems.

I feel these events are related to 9-11 and a program by a foreign entity to ?snuff? my existence and credibility. For some eight years now I have carried great burden and persecution. People near and dear to me are literally tortured or killed. Since this incident my younger sister Marianne (38 Petrin) Rachelli (Boulder, Colorado) was killed on 9-11-02, my grandmother Denise Petrin (93 Downingtown, PA) killed on 9-12-2003, my sister Suzanne (42 Petrin) Thompson (Nashville, TN) attacked and beat with a steel chair 9-03, my niece Magi Hicks (7-months Murfreesboro, TN) killed and professionally covered up, friend Millard Fuller founder of Habitat for Humanity and Fuller Center for Housing murdered in 2009 with in a twelve hour period of the death of Mr. Joe Rodgers a client during 2002 and 2006 (Mark Gill). I have been extorted (over and over out of belongings, relationships, finances and peace of mind in a deceptive and calculated manner), my ex-wife, daughter, and fiancé literally turned into Manchurian slaves with ?SHELL LIFE? covers, and seem to be going through some type of conditioning/brainwashing or multi-purpose slavery. I have been long suffering and forgiving regarding these atrocities, but they continue. I have been run out of every attempt I have made to work, buffeted and mentally tortured in a constant and degrading campaign without reason or cause. I have donated my time to community service, my money to the poor, and turned myself into the authorities reporting any and all minor infractions that occurred in my entire life. I cherished my wife and my daughter form the day she was born, only to discover this horrific work in the background. I have reported these events, but someone seems to have built a ?moat? between myself and authorities that are able to stop these atrocities. Many citizens including myself have been victims of these circumstances. Tax paying American citizen?s of excellent character. Why am I not receiving citizen protection, rights, or allowed to discuss these occurrences?

Most notably - todate I have endured some eight years of satanic abuse worse than that of Hitlers reign,
after what seems like a "flip of the switch" - where does it end? when will LIFE obtain its just respect and that of the rights and suffering of the people
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