This post includes the final two reports Betsy Kepes sent us from the Kingston WritersFest. –ER The End of America: Screening and Panel Discussion Most of the Kingston Writersfest events happen on the sixth floor of the Holiday Inn on...
Aug 21, 2003 — This week, Attorney General John Ashcroft began criss-crossing the country speaking in defense of the controversial USA Patriot Act. The act was passed less than a month after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It gives law enforcement broader surveillance powers to track potential terrorists. But it's drawn widespread criticism that it compromises civil liberties. State legislatures in Vermont, Hawaii, and Alaska have drafted resolutions against aspects of the Patriot Act, as have more 150 communities, including the village of Potsdam and the city of Burlington. Next week, the St. Lawrence County legislature will consider whether to add its name to the opposition. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jul 30, 2003 — In the months since the September 11th terror attacks, the U.S. government has deported thousands of Muslim men. Some were detained here in the North Country as they tried to cross the border to Canada. They're not charged with terrorism, but with violations of federal immigration law. Some critics say the policy is too severe. As Brian Mann reports, activists in the Catskill town of Hudson are working to free one Pakistani man who's been held in a federal prison for 18 months. Go to full article
May 29, 2003 — St. Lawrence County lawyers have joined lawmakers in Potsdam and Albany in voicing opposition to parts of the USA Patriot Act. They say the law violates some civil liberties. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article