Drug, Death and Indigent Defense Provisions in Patriot Act
The full text of the pending Patriot Act renewal legislation, along with the report from the Republicans on the Conference Committee, is available here. [link fixed.]The Table of Contents lists the following provisions specifically impacting Drug Policy.
- Sec. 122. Prohibition of narco-terrorism.
- Sec. 221. Elimination of procedures applicable only to certain Controlled Substances Act cases. (Death Penalty)
- Sec. 410. Uniform procedures for criminal forfeiture.
- TITLE VII--COMBAT METHAMPHETAMINE EPIDEMIC ACT OF 2005 (Sections
Also check out Section 201 which contains the``Terrorist Death Penalty Enhancement Act of 2005''. Sec. 222 adds a new section on indigent defense in death cases (which will now be under 18 USC 3599 in Title 28) instead of 21 USC 848 (q.) Hopefully, they didn't diminish funding.
Background on the use of the Patriot Act to fight the drug war is here. Much of this is the work of Congressman James Sensenbrenner who has become, in my constitutionally protected opinion, a national menace (read about his five years for passing a joint bill and "snitch or go to jail" bills.) As TChris wrote, it's time to Just Say No to Sensenbrenner.
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