Fascism in Oregon: One strike & you’re out


Richard Moore

Delivered-To: •••@••.•••
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 22:19:27 -0800
To: •••@••.••• (Eugene list, hi list)
From: Tom Atlee <•••@••.•••>
Subject: **URGENT** Proposed OR law makes disruption punishable by life

Dear friends,

This is serious and urgent.  There is a clear and
present danger to democracy in Oregon which could
spread to other states.

Senate Bill 742 proposed by Oregon State Senator Minnis
(R-Dist. 25 / Fairview)(Chair of the Senate Judiciary
Committee) creates the crime of "terrorism" --
punishable by life imprisonment.  Senator Minnis
defines "terrorism" so broadly that even being present
at a demonstration that is in any way "disruptive"
could result in life imprisonment.

I have given the relevant sections of the bill below,
as well as the link to the whole bill.  I have also
provided information from the American Civil Liberties
Union regarding this, including contact information for
the relevant Oregon State Senators.

Ever since laws began to be passed criminalizing
"terrorism," I have been concerned that its definition
would be expanded to include anything that authorities
wished to suppress which could then be subject to
extreme punishment, laying the groundwork for serious
suppression. It seems that is now happening.  It must
be energetically nipped in the bud if we are to prevent
its spread.

If this law passes in Oregon, it is highly likely that
other states will pass similar laws, especially in the
current political climate.

I trust you will act if you feel so moved.  Whether you
are an Oregon resident or not, you can express your
dismay to the Oregon State Senators listed below.  If
you are an Oregon resident you can, in addition, attend
a hearing Monday morning Mar 24 in Salem, OR (specifics


PS:  The law also sets aside (in terrorism cases) two
other Oregon laws which prevent police from (a) spying
on innocent people and organizations and (b)
apprehending people solely for immigration violations.

[rkm note: Write Tom <•••@••.•••> if you want contact information.]
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Excerpts from the proposed law:

72nd OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2003 Regular Session
Senate Bill 742
Sponsored by Senator MINNIS

SUMMARY:  Creates crime of terrorism. Punishes by life


(1) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the
    person knowingly plans, participates in or carries out
    any act that is intended, by at least one of its
    participants, to disrupt:

  (a) The free and orderly assembly of the inhabitants of
      the State of Oregon;
  (b) Commerce or the transportation systems of the State
      of Oregon; or
  (c) The educational or governmental institutions of the
      State of Oregon or its inhabitants.

(2) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the
    person conspires to do any of the activities described
    in subsection (1) of this section.
  (a) A person convicted of terrorism shall be punished
      by imprisonment for life.
  (b) When a person is convicted of terrorism under this
      section, the court shall order that the person be
      confined for a minimum of 25 years without possibility
      of parole, release to post-prison supervision, release
      on work release or any form of temporary leave or
      employment at a forest or work camp....
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Tom Atlee * The Co-Intelligence Institute * PO Box 493 * Eugene, OR 97440
http://www.co-intelligence.org *  http://www.democracyinnovations.org
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