Bills Go Too Far 

Bills Go Too Far 
Posted by FoM on June 21, 2000 at 10:12:41 PT
By Daniel Butterworth
Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The following contains excerpts from DRCNet: which encourages free publication of its articles: Senators swear "To 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies' and to 'bear true faith and allegiance to the same ...' " "Yet at least three bills with bipartisan support in the Senate ... would strike at the core of that most basic of constitutionally protected freedoms, freedom of speech. 
The methamphetamine bill, the ecstasy bill, and ... the bankruptcy bill, would impose up to 10 years in federal prison on persons convicted of providing 'information pertaining to ... the manufacture, acquisition, or use of a controlled substance, with the intent that the teaching, demonstration, or information be used for, or in furtherance of, an activity that constitutes a crime.' "The rhetoric behind these bills is ... to "make it a crime to help people manufacture and traffic in dangerous, illegal drugs." Yet, these bills go much further. "Anyone who discusses the medical value of marijuana, anyone whose Web site links to needle exchange schedules or safer injecting techniques, or who helps ecstasy users stay alive by providing information on risk-reduction techniques they can use while taking ecstasy -- any of these compassionate and sensible measures could subject law-abiding Americans to the threat of their lives being ruined by the government."I urge citizens to contact their representatives and express disapproval of these laws that damage rights guaranteed by the Constitution.Daniel ButterworthMonday, June 19, 2000 2000 - The Lubbock Avalanche-JournalRelated Articles:How Congress Bans Information Outlaws Communities War On Free Speech Anti-Ecstasy Bill Extends Zero-Tolerance Anti-Proliferation Act of 1999 
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