Congress abdicates oversight responsibilites, grantingPresident Bush unfettered power to wage war onterrorism.
10Separation of powersChief Immigration Judge orders closed deportationproceedings.
Immigrants' rightsopen democracyAshcroft memo reduces government compliance withFreedom of Information Act requests.
10Open democracyWhite House asks media outlets not to air tapes of Osama Bin Laden. Major networks comply.
USA PATRIOT ACT,
Wiretap powers expanded, in some cases withreduced judicial review
Law enforcement permitted to indefinitelydetain non-citizens based on suspicion of terrorism
"Sneak and Peek" searches authorizedwithout a warrant with low showing of probablecause
Broad definition of 'domestic terrorism' allowssurveillance of political dissenters
New information-sharing powers for intelligence agencies
00000Privacy, search & seizureprotectionImmigrants' rights, dueprocess of lawPrivacy, search & seizureprotectionFree speech, privacy,search & seizureprotectionPrivacy, consolidation of government power Ashcroft authorizes monitoring ofattorney-clientconversations.
10Due process, privacy,right to counselAshcroft orders two questioning dragnets of MiddleEastern and South Asian men.
Equal protectionPresidential order allows non-citizens to be triedinmilitary tribunals.
10Due process, immigrants'rights
Aviation and Transportation Security Act
bars non-citizen airport screeners.
Immigrants' rightsAshcroft orders state and local government not torelease names of people detained since 9/11. 4.18.0210
Open democracy,immigrants' rightsAshcroft's new rules on intelligence-gathering permit:
spying on religious and political institutionswithout any suspicion of criminal activity
the purchase of secret records on individualswho are not suspected of a crime.
1100Privacy, free speech, dueprocessPresident establishes new cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.
Consolidation of government power President designates U.S. citizen Jose Padilla an'enemy combatant,' under military jurisdiction.
10Due processWhite House announces Operation TIPS, designed todeploy utility workers as government spies.
Privacy, search & seizureprotectionDOJ announces that non-citizens must report changeof address within ten days.
10Immigrants' rightsNew DOJ plan requires fingerprinting and registrationof lawful visitors from mostly Muslim nations.
10Immigrants' rightsForeign Intelligence Surveillance Court publicly rejectsDOJ request for broader cooperation and evidence-sharing between counterintelligence investigators andcriminal prosecutors.
DOJ gains power to deputize local and state police toenforce immigration laws in an "emergency,"