Text of Anti Terrorism Bill

Ian Murray seamus2001 at home.com
Wed Oct 3 09:52:23 PDT 2001

----- Original Message ----- From: "kelley" <kwalker2 at gte.net> To: <lbo-talk at lists.panix.com>; <lbo-talk at lists.panix.com> Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 10:37 PM Subject: Re: Text of Anti Terrorism Bill

> At 09:53 PM 10/2/01 -0400, Doug Henwood wrote:
> >People are saying that spreading a virus or defacing a website
could be
> >punished by life without parole. Is that true?
> >
> >Doug
> it's worse than that. they've been pushing to redefine computer
> offenses as a predicate to RICO for awhile quote of the day:
> Justice", trial name for Desert Storm II, was rejected after a
couple days
> as the laughingstock of the literate. Now it's called "Enduring
> Freedom". Once certain proposals beloved of certain jackals are
shat out
> the anus of congress, we won't have to do much enduring of freedom
> more. It is considerate of them to relieve us of that unwanted
burden in
> this time of Infinite Stress."
> Hackers face life imprisonment under 'Anti-Terrorism' Act
> Justice Department proposal classifies most computer crimes as acts
> terrorism.
> By Kevin Poulsen
> Sep 24 2001 1:06PM PT
> http://www.securityfocus.com/news/257
> Hackers, virus-writers and web site defacers would face life
> without the possibility of parole under legislation proposed by the
> Administration that would classify most computer crimes as acts of
> <...>
> As a "Federal terrorism offense," the five year statute of
limitations for
> hacking would be abolished retroactively -- allowing computer crimes
> committed decades ago to be prosecuted today -- and the maximum
prison term
> for a single conviction would be upped to life imprisonment. There
is no
> parole in the federal justice system.
> Those convicted of providing "advice or assistance" to cyber crooks,
> harboring or concealing a computer intruder, would face the same
> repercussions as an intruder. Computer intrusion would also become a

> predicate offense for the RICO statutes.
> DNA samples would be collected from hackers upon conviction, and
> retroactively from those currently in custody or under federal
> The samples would go into the federal database that currently
> murderers and kidnappers.
> http://www.securityfocus.com/news/257

None of these claims are substantiated when you peruse the bill that was posted yesterday. Either it's in prep for another bill or just paranoia [which is not to say that ain't justified sometimes]

Ian [wondering why his delete key won't work and wants to fix it before the dingleberry police show up]

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