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New York gets cold feet.

* Ben Adler writes: The New York City Council passed up an opportunity to send a birthday present to the Bill of Rights on December 15, 2003, the 212th anniversary of its ratification. Resolution 909, a measure to defend the Bill of Rights against the USA Patriot Act, was scheduled to come to a vote and was expected to pass, but City Council Speaker Gifford Miller held off on bringing the bill before the full council because, his office says, he didn't want to take attention away from Saddam Hussein's recent capture. New York City would have become the 229th locality, and the largest, to pass a resolution condemning the Patriot Act. Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, has been spearheading the campaign to pass Resolution 909. She said Resolution 909 "has nothing to do with the capture of Saddam ... actually one could argue that there is all the more reason to pass it today because we have to reaffirm our respect for individual liberty as we protect our country." Miller promised to bring the bill to a vote in the next term, on January 21.

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Title Annotation:In Fact ..civil rights protest bill
Publication:The Nation
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 5, 2004
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