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Patriot Act battle is fought locally

Activists in tiny Belfast, Maine, hope to persuade community leaders Tuesday to join a growing number of cities and states opposed to the USA Patriot Act. Congress passed the law shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The legislation gives the government sweeping powers to monitor citizens suspected of having ties to terrorists. But critics say it’s a threat to civil liberties. And three states — Hawaii, Alaska and Vermont — plus 134 cities and counties have approved resolutions calling for a repeal of the act, according to the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Nearly half of those resolutions — 65 — have been approved since April 1. Full Story

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