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Arcata City Council Criminalizes Compliance with USA Patriot Act

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Over 100 cities have passed resolutions condemning the Patriot Act, but a small city in California has taken it a step further.

More than 100 cities and one state have adopted resolutions condemning the USA Patriot Act.

But last month Arcata, California took it a step further. The Arcata City Council adopted a city ordinance that makes cooperation with the Patriot Act a crime.

Starting this month, any city department head who voluntarily complies with investigations or arrests under the Patriot Act will be fined $57.

The USA Patriot Act gives the government new powers to snoop on citizens — including the use wiretaps and electronic surveillance and gathering information from public libraries. Opponents say it violates civil liberties, supporters say it helps fight terrorism.

  • David Meserve, City Council member in Arcata, CA who wrote the ordinance

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