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