(US) Lawmakers query legality of agency's job

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Sun Jun 1 09:22:56 EDT 2003

[from Oakland Tribune]

Two weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, California launched into the war on
terror with marching orders so vague they could sweep up both terrorists
and political activists, in ways not envisioned in the USA Patriot Act.

In bidding to create the first state anti-terror intelligence center in
the country, California's top lawmen decided terrorist acts no longer had
to be violent, political or even illegal. 
Analyst Alice Michel opined that shoving a cream pie into the face of an
elected official could be construed by the bill as a violent, coercive act
punishable by up to 25 years in prison. A similar fate could befall animal
rights protesters who smeared their targets with animal blood, a
biological agent. The same would apply to protesters who impede a public
official's access to his or her office.

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