Eugene Votes down the Patriot Act
I knew there was a reason I liked Eugene, despite the fact I went to college there. The town is full of psycho environmentalists, PETA folks, etc..., but one thing they did do right is they were the 15th city to vote down the Patriot Act -- one of the worst laws to make it through congress since the DMCA. To quote the article, "Congress approved the 342-page Patriot Act last year to enable a crackdown on terrorism, but it has since been criticized by groups across the political spectrum as a threat to personal privacy and constitutional rights." Yeah, you can say that again. Ashcroft, G. W., and the boys are (and have been) using it to basically take away the constitutionally-given rights of the accused, giving them free reign to accuse and search anybody, anywhere, anytime, and with the help of local law-enforcement. [sarcasm]Sounds like a brilliant idea to me[/sarcasm].