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City of Los Angeles defies Bush over extending tough terror law

Los Angeles’ city council defied President George W. Bush and voted to back legislation that would repeal parts of the controversial USA Patriot Act that Bush wants renewed. The council voted 9-2 to support a law repealing provisions in the Act, which Bush on Tuesday asked Congress to extend in his State of the Union address, but which human rights activists believe are unconstitutional. “As a city, we pride ourselves on being inclusive and protecting the basic rights of all people,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who introduced the largely-symbolic resolution. “Significant portions of the Patriot Act destroy the spirit of inclusion and encourage racial profiling and other violations of our rights as people of this great nation,” she said. Full Story

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