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    January 14, 2002 6:52 AM

    Rock & Rap Confidential


        People for the American Way, which once described the goal of
    the PMRC censors as "to bring children and parents together on music
    selection," gave Neil Young its Spirit of Liberty award at a December 11
    Beverly Hills banquet. Young used the occasion to proclaim his support of the
    USA/Patriot Act, which became law on October 26. "To protect our freedoms,"
    Young said, "it seems we're going to have to relinquish some of our freedoms
    for a short period of time."

       Young is certainly correct that we are relinquishing some of our freedoms.
    For instance, for any of the millions of non-citizens residing legally in the
    U.S., the Patriot Act allows the government to merely allege "terrorism" in
    order to try suspects without an attorney by a military tribunal anywhere in
    the world, including on ships at sea. The Act also allows defendants to be
    convicted--hell, executed--without the presentation of any evidence, "even if
    a third of the officers disagree." The bill defines terrorism by
    anyone--citizen or not--as "activities that appear to be intended to
    influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion." By this
    definition, the sit-ins, boycotts, and marches that characterized the civil
    rights and anti-war movements are terrorism. That tag could be applied to the
    upcoming May 1 nationwide hospital sit-ins that will demand health care for
    all. The FBI can now search your home or business without a warrant and jail
    you if you tell anyone they did it.

          Under the Patriot Act, the Justice Department can prosecute any computer
    hacker anywhere in the world for breaking any law. "It's a massive expansion
    of U.S. sovereignty," said Mark Rasch, a former Justice Department computer
    crime prosecutor. A recent memo from Justice says the new law "creates the
    option, where appropriate, of prosecuting such criminals in the United
    States." This means a kid in Belgium or Bangkok could be extradited to stand
    trial for downloading MP3 files that some corporation claims that it owns.
    Several Americans and one Russian have been arrested in this country for this
    "crime" over the past two years.

          The manufactured post-September 11 hysteria has had effects that go well
    beyond the passage of the Patriot Act (including the bombing deaths of Afghan
    civilians which, according to a study by University of New Hampshire
    professor Marc Herold, totaled 3,767 between October 7 and December 10).
    While the bombs were falling, FBI agents paid a visit to the Art Car Museum
    in Houston after a museum patron complained about an exhibit that examined
    war and warmakers. The gumshoes took particular interest in "Empty Trellis,"
    a charcoal drawing by Tim Glover that contains a bust of George Bush encased
    in a steel trellis in the shape of a half globe. Glover says it highlights
    the destruction of the environment. While the feds ultimately decided that
    the drawing was not a threat to President Bush's life, the FBI is now
    explicitly in the business of determining what art can be shown in America.
    This extends the process that began with the Bureau's attempts to silence
    N.W.A., but at least back then what it was doing was illegal.

          The bi-partisan American Council of Trustees and Alumni, founded by
    Lynne Cheney (wife of the Republican vice-president) and Democratic
    vice-presidential candidate Joe Lieberman, has issued a list of 117
    "unpatriotic" acts by university faculty, including the president of Wesleyan
    University. Typical of those coming under fire was a professor emeritus at
    the University of Oregon, whose crime was to recommend that "we need to
    understand the reasons behind the terrifying hatred directed against the U.S.
    and find ways not to foment more hatred for generations to come."
    Administrators will definitely be checking that list to see who's been
    naughty and who's been nice because Cheney/Leiberman's Council gives out over
    $3 billion a year to colleges and universities.

          Neil Young says not to worry, that this is just temporary and "that
    these are our rights and we can get them back." But the so-called "war on
    terrorism" is only two months old and there's no reason to believe the
    government will not further gut the Constitution. And besides, who will make
    sure we get our rights back when the powers in the bill expire in 2005? The
    Republicans, who rammed through the Patriot bill without even giving the
    House of Representatives a chance to read it first? The Democrats, whose most
    recent standard bearer, Al Gore, describes George W. Bush as "my commander in

           A more realistic assessment than Neil Young's can be found on Rage
    Against the Machine's first album: "Settle for nothing now/And we'll settle
    for nothing later."

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