I think the real point that people aren't getting is not that this bill is 3 yrs old or that it didn't pass -- it's that these are the things that are now trying to be redefined as "terrorism".
More to the point it could have passed, and I don't know how many actually read the bill but it's not 25 years in prison -- it's LIFE in prison OR reduced sentence 25 years forced labor.
A few examples of TERRORISM redefined (out of 132) under this bill:
Unlawful possession of a destructive device, as defined in ORS 166.38
Computer crime, as defined in ORS 164.377
Unlawful labeling of a sound recording, as defined in ORS 164.868
Unlawful recording of a live performance, as defined in ORS 164.869
Unlawful labeling of a videotape recording, as defined in ORS 164.872
Negotiating a bad check, as defined in ORS 165.065
Prostitution, as defined in ORS 167.007
Animal abuse in the first degree, as defined in ORS 167.320 (hey, one I agree with)
Unlawful distribution of cigarettes, as defined in [section 3 of this 2001 Act] ORS 323.482
This is mission creep on steroids. The argument isn't "where is the war on terrorism now" it's "where is the war on terrorism headed"....
Bill Would Allow Arrests For No Reason In Public Place
Dec 19, 2005
The Ohio Patriot Act has made it to the Taft's desk, and with the stroke of a pen, it would most likely become the toughest terrorism bill in the country. The lengthy piece of legislation would let police arrest people in public places who will not give their names, address and birth dates, even if they are not doing anything wrong.
U.S. Can Confine Citizens Without Charges, Court Rules
September 10, 2005
A federal appeals court yesterday backed the president's power to indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil without any criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital during wartime to protect the nation from terrorist attacks.
Police Need Not Say Why Arrest Made: U.S. High Court Overview
Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Police officers don't have to give a reason at the time they arrest someone, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a ruling that shields officers from false-arrest lawsuits.
Right to Trial Imperiled by Senate Vote
This right--technically known as "habeas corpus"--is enshrined in the US Constitution.
College Student Sues Over Mistaken Drug Bust
PHILADELPHIA - When college freshman Janet Lee packed her bags for a Christmas trip home two years ago, her luggage contained three condoms filled with flour - devices that she and some friends made as a joke.
Philadelphia International Airport screeners found the condoms, and their initial tests showed they contained drugs. The Bryn Mawr College student was arrested on drug trafficking charges and jailed. Three weeks later, she was released after a lab test backed her story, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday.
Terrorist link to copyright piracy alleged
FBI urges police to watch for people carrying almanacs
The FBI is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying almanacs, cautioning that the popular reference books covering everything from abbreviations to weather trends could be used for terrorist planning.
US imposes controls on a new security threat - birdwatchers
July 7, 2005
US security agents have come up with a new target for increased scrutiny in their battle against terrorism: birdwatchers. Birdwatchers in certain areas are being forced to provide photographic identification, submit themselves to background checks, and even pay for a police escort.
Children to be labeled 'criminal' by age 3
Leaked report describes plan to ID kids who might become lawbreakers [ie: terrorists]
Your DNA or else: Police to collect your genetic material
A U.S. Senate committee has adopted an amendment to the VAWA legislation that would add the DNA of anyone detained by the cops to a federal DNA database called "CODIS."
Note that it doesn't require that you're convicted of a crime or even formally arrested on suspicion of committing one. Mere detention -- might a routine traffic stop eventually qualify?
Patriot Act bill would expand death penalty
WASHINGTON - The House bill that would reauthorize the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism law includes several little-noticed provisions that would dramatically transform the federal death penalty system, allowing smaller juries to decide on executions and giving prosecutors the ability to try again if a jury deadlocks on sentencing. The bill also triples the number of terrorism-related crimes eligible for the death penalty
Brain scan 'sees hidden thoughts'
April 25, 2005
Scientists say they can read a person's unconscious thoughts using a simple brain scan.
Dr Adrian Burgess, from the department of cognitive neuropsychology at Imperial College London, said: "The technique is bringing out information that has not been available from MRI scans before.
"It could potentially be used to find out people's latent attitudes and beliefs that they are not aware of.
"You could use it to detect people's prejudices, intuition and things that are hidden and influence our behaviour."
At least the most a terrorist will do is kill you.