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The Domestic Security Enhancement Act

The content of this legislation was leaked by the Justice Department in January. It was introduced in the Senate that month and currently is before the Judiciary Committee. It has not yet been introduced in the House of Representatives. If enacted: H The government would no longer be required to disclose the identity of anyone, even an American citizen, detained in connection with a terror investigation until criminal charges are filed, no matter how long that takes.

-- The government would be allowed to obtain credit records and library records without a warrant.

-- Wiretaps without any court order would be allowed for up to 15 days after a terrorist attack.

-- Current court limits on local police spying on religious and political activity would be repealed.

-- Release of information about health and safety hazards posed by chemical and other plants would be restricted.

-- The definition of terrorism would be expanded, and individuals engaged in civil disobedience could risk losing their citizenship, and their organizations could be subject to wiretapping and asset seizure.

-- American citizens could be extradited, searched and wiretapped at the behest of foreign nations, regardless whether treaties allow it.

-- Lawful immigrants could be stripped of the right to a deportation hearing, and federal courts would not be allowed to review immigration court rulings. Source: American Civil Liberties Union

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