Joe Biden Drafted the Core of the Patriot Act in 1995 … Before the Oklahoma City Bombing

The Core of the Patriot Act Was Drafted in 1995 … By Joe Biden

Everyone knows that the Patriot Act was drafted before 9/11.

But few know that it was Joe Biden who drafted the core provisions which were included in that bill … in 1995.

CNET reported in 2008:

Months before the Oklahoma City bombing took place, Biden introduced another bill called the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995. It previewed the 2001 Patriot Act by allowing secret evidence to be used in prosecutions, expanding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and wiretap laws, creating a new federal crime of “terrorism” that could be invoked based on political beliefs, permitting the U.S. military to be used in civilian law enforcement, and allowing permanent detention of non-U.S. citizens without judicial review.* The Center for National Security Studies said the bill would erode “constitutional and statutory due process protections” and would “authorize the Justice Department to pick and choose crimes to investigate and prosecute based on political beliefs and assocLinkiations.”

Biden himself draws parallels between his 1995 bill and its 2001 cousin. “I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing. And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill,” he said when the Patriot Act was being debated, according to the New Republic, which described him as “the Democratic Party’s de facto spokesman on the war against terrorism.”

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Biden’s proposal probably helped to lay the groundwork for the Bush administration’s Patriot Act.

The Center for National Securities reported in 1995:

On February 10, 1995, a counterterrorism bill drafted by the Clinton
Administration was introduced in the Senate as S. 390 and in the House of
Representatives as H.R. 896.

The Clinton bill is a mixture of: provisions eroding constitutional and
statutory due process protections, selective federalization — on political
grounds — of state crimes (minus state due process rules), discredited
ideas from the Reagan and Bush Administrations, and the extension of some of
the worst elements of crime bills of the recent past.

The legislation would:

1. authorize the Justice Department to pick and choose crimes to
investigate and prosecute based on political beliefs and associations;

2. repeal the ancient provision barring the U.S. military from civilian
law enforcement;

3. expand a pre-trial detention scheme that puts the burden of proof on
the accused;

4. loosen the carefully-crafted rules governing federal wiretaps, in
violation of the Fourth Amendment;

5. establish special courts that would use secret evidence to order the
deportation of persons convicted of no crimes, in violation of basic
principles of due process;

6. permit permanent detention by the Attorney General of aliens convicted
of no crimes, with no judicial review;

7. give the President unreviewable power to criminalize fund-raising for
lawful activities associated with unpopular causes;

8. renege on the Administration’s approval in the last Congress of a
provision to insure that the FBI would not investigate based on First
Amendment activities; and

9. resurrect the discredited ideological visa denial provisions of the
McCarran Walter Act to bar foreign speakers.

* Note: The CNET article contains a typographical error, using the word “detection” instead of “detention” in the sentence: “allowing permanent detection of non-U.S. citizens without judicial review”. Not only does this make no sense, but a review of the bill confirms that it provided for permanent detention.

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  • spktruth200

    Been saying the two party, corporate owned neo con system is the problem for america. If this is true, then Biden must admit it. He supported the war in Iraq. I was with a group of peace women and we questioned him about his vote. He was running for Senate…he said, “You know what I am winning 3 to l, I dont need your votes”…Biden is a hardliner like Clinton and many other demorats who have cozied up to Israel, AIPAC and done terrible things to bring this country to its knees, as have the republican party. Not an ounze of difference between these parties…which is why our founder hated the party system, they believed in consensus government from we the people…we dont have a democracy..we have a corportacry.

  • Jason Froebe

    Just to make it perfectly clear, it had full bipartisan support in both the House & Senate.

    “Viet D. Dinh (Vietnamese: Đinh Đồng Phụng Việt; born February 22, 1968) is a lawyer who served as the Assistant Attor
    ney
    General of the United States from 2001 to 2003, under the presidency of
    George W. Bush. Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, he was the chief
    architect of the USA PATRIOT Act.”

    The principal architect was Viet Dinh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viet_D._Dinh
    “The Patriot Act’s sponsors, House Judiciary chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan),”

    “It was vehemently opposed by only one Senator, Russ Feingold, who was the only Senator to vote against the bill. Senator Patrick Leahy also expressed some concerns”

  • Jason Froebe

    Just to make it perfectly clear, it had full bipartisan support in both the House & Senate.

    “Viet D. Dinh (Vietnamese: Đinh Đồng Phụng Việt; born February 22, 1968) is a lawyer who served as the Assistant Attor
    ney
    General of the United States from 2001 to 2003, under the presidency of
    George W. Bush. Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, he was the chief
    architect of the USA PATRIOT Act.”

    The principal architect was Viet Dinh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viet_D._Dinh
    “The Patriot Act’s sponsors, House Judiciary chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan),”

    “It was vehemently opposed by only one Senator, Russ Feingold, who was the only Senator to vote against the bill. Senator Patrick Leahy also expressed some concerns”

  • http://www.facebook.com/ravitz Evan Ravitz

    This ganging up on citizens by govt. is about the only “bipartisan” policy. The solution to “government against the people” is “government BY the people”: http://Vote.org

  • liberalssuck

    I screamed bloody murder when bush signed this pos legislation into law. We have learned nothing in 236 years!!

  • katsung47

    It proves OKC bombing was done for the “Patriot Act”.

    696. Two bombings to achieve the Patriot Act Bill (12/5/2011)

    In 1990s twice I left US because I couldn’t endure the persecution from the Feds.
    At that time, the US was still a free country. I bought an air ticket. No one asked a word. There was no security search. It was like a domestic bus trip.
    That now becomes Alice in Wonderland. It was not the Feds wanted. They needed a power to search and detainwithout any reason. To achieve that goal, they activated two “terror attacks”.

    The first attempt was OKC bombing. I allege so based on timing. I left US in July
    1994 and returned in May 1995. The Feds must have felt the needs of a law to
    confine their dislikes to travel freely. To get me back to the US, they had
    dealt with the Chinese secret police. In April, my application to extend my
    stay in Shanghai was rejected. In same month, OKC bombing took place.

    The evidence now proved the FBI conducted this bombing.

    [quote] TERRY NICHOLS IMPLICATES FBI INFORMANT IN BOMBING

    Amazing New Evidence Emerges in Oklahoma Bombing

    By Pat Shannan

    …..

    There are now serious allegations that the FBI, using an informer as a conduit,
    supplied McVeigh and Nichols with the blasting components the two used to
    construct explosive devices, one of which may have been employed in the tragic
    Oklahoma City bombing.

    http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/NICHOLS_IMPLICATES.htm [/quote]

    [quote] Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Oklahoma City Bombing: FBI Informants Reported on ABC News, McVeigh Defense Team

    FBI informants reporting on the Oklahoma City bombing provided the bureau with
    leads taken from ABC News and Timothy McVeigh’s defense team, according to
    documents filed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

    http://news.intelwire.com/2011/08/oklahoma-city-bombing-fbi-informants.html [/quote]

    In early 2000s, I have learned from a news that said former FBI Chief Louis Freeh
    had proposed a bill similar to the Patriot Act after OKC bombing but failed to
    get it go through. I tried to have a google search for that article but failed.
    The Feds must have sheltered most information that related to their crime. They
    control information with their cyber team and NSA. Anyhow, I found another
    information little noticed by the public.

    [quote]
    Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996

    ….

    The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-132, 110 Stat. 1214, (also known as AEDPA) is an act of Congress signed into law on April 24, 1996. ……following the Oklahoma City bombing, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.[1]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiterrorism_and_Effective_Death_Penalty_Act_of_1996 [/quote]

    Although the Feds failed to get The Patriot Act in 1996, that AEDPA revealed their intention. Be noticed that the title shows they used terrorism to expand their power five years earlier of 911.

    Next time I left US in March 1999 and returned to the States in July 2000. One year later they bombed WTC. This time they got what they wanted – the Patriot Act.

    The Patriot Act gives the Feds expanded (unreasonable) power of search and arrest. It seems they do not satisfy with this. Now they want to have the power to detain the citizens without trial for life.

    [quote]

    Petition to IMPEACH ALL Senators who Voted for “U.S. is a Battlefield” and to detain U.S. Citizens without trial

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/892/petition-to-impeach-all-senators-who-voted-for-us-is-a-battlefield-and-to-detain-us-citizens-without/

    • Kyle

      The FBI doesn’t care who runs the politics. Communist agents have hijacked the whole system so it will far apart as part of the 65 steps to Communism without direct force.

      A good example of how the Constitution of the USA died without a single shot being fired. Who in their right minds could’ve thought? It just creeps up to us like a thief in the night.

  • Kyle

    “and allowing permanent detention of non-U.S. citizens without judicial review.*

    How can they bet a citizen if they are not from our country especially coming in without permission? If I go to Europe am I a NON citizen or am I a tourist?

 

 

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