Fairbanks opposes parts of Patriot Act

Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2004

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has adopted a resolution in opposition to parts of the federal Patriot Act and other anti-terrorism laws that could threaten civil rights.

The Assembly voted for the resolution Thursday.

One member of the audience quipped that the Assembly should receive the "Red Lantern Award for Alaskan justice and freedom," noting that the Alaska Legislature, hundreds of governing bodies across the country and some Alaska city councils adopted such resolutions months ago.

The Red Lantern Award is given to the last musher to cross the finish line in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough killed a resolution in opposition to parts of the Patriot Act almost a year ago.

The new resolution was introduced by Presiding Officer Hank Bartos, who voted against the resolution considered by the Assembly in April 2003.

"Since then a lot of things have changed," said Bartos.

The Patriot Act, passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, expanded the government's wiretap and other surveillance authority, removed barriers between FBI and CIA information-sharing, and provided more tools to investigate the financing of terrorism.

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