These measures included:
Section 802 of the Act creates a new federal crime of "domestic terrorism," which includes any dangerous acts that "appear to be intended to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion." Broadly applied, this could be used to silence any political dissent critical of government policies. The Act refers to all those efforts helpful in the eradication of "terrorism attacks" by military tribunals, the attorney-client stuff and the people being held on secret charges whose names are kept undeclared.
Section 411 of the Act expands the term "engage in terrorist activity" to include any use of a weapon, as well as such nonviolent acts as fund-raising for suspect organizations. Moreover, it allows for the detention or removal of non-citizens with little or no judicial review. The U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of State can claim a domestic group to be a terrorist organization, and can deport any non-citizen members. Because of this provision the Government has to trade off the rights and liberties of a vulnerable minority, immigrants, in particular Arab and Muslim immigrants, for the purported security of the rest of the U.S citizens. ...Show more