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====== FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ======

America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
http://www.AmericaFirstParty.org

Monday, 25 November 2002

HOMELAND SECURITY BILL: BAD NAME, BAD BILL

Boulder, CO - The America First Party denounces in the strongest possible terms the so-called Homeland Security Bill that President Bush signed into law today. National Chairman Dan Charles stated, "The House and Senate should never have passed this bill, and the President should not have signed it. Members of Congress and the President take an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution. The misnamed Homeland Security Bill does little to protect and defend our nation from the terrorist threat. It will do more to destroy our freedoms than terrorists ever could."

Mr. Charles continued, "By turning this bill into law, our elected leaders have not shown any true concern for the safety of the American people. They have not shown concern for their oaths of office. Instead, they have shown nothing more than their impulse for craven political posturing and contempt for the American people and the Constitution. The Bill of Rights cannot be ignored under the guise of defending citizens from terrorism."

The Party has deep concerns about this bill. By decimating the wall between intelligence services and domestic law enforcement, combined with the ability to turn the Total Information Awareness program on the American people with the flip of a switch, this bill turns every citizen into a suspect. By allowing the President to force immunizations upon every citizen, it harbingers the day when our government will decree either death or Gulf War Syndrome upon millions of citizens. And by including special interest riders, it strips both favored corporations and our own government of any accountability for their actions.

Mr. Charles continued, "This is a sad day. Republicans and Democrats have compromised away our basic freedoms with the false promise of security. Such measures were ineffective in Britainšs war against the IRA, why should we expect them to be any more effective against Al-Qaeda? This law creates a huge and unaccountable bureaucracy that will likely get all the funding it can waste over the next several years. But it fails to do the most basic thing that needs to be done. It fails to secure our borders. It fails to fundamentally reform our border control apparatus and immigration policies. It even fails to give the enforcement agencies the tools they need to enforce our current laws and stop our enemies from illegally entering or staying in our country."

Echoing the principles of the America First Party and the sentiments expressed by more than 90% of the American people in recent polls, America First National Committeeman Philip White of Michigan said, "You don't need to read my e-mails or track my bank transactions or listen to my phone conversations or create new bureaucracies to spy on me. Instead defend our borders."

Contacts:
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2

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