Protecting Civil Liberties in Hawaii

Hawaii has become the first state to officially oppose federal
actions that would threaten the civil rights of its residents in
the wake of 9/11. A resolution passed April 3 by the state senate
asks Hawaii?s congressional delegation to work for the repeal of
the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act and the 2002 Homeland Security Act, and
for federal officials to report actions that are taken against
Hawaii?s citizens under the acts. ?The residents of Hawaii during
World War II experienced firsthand the dangers of unbalanced
pursuit of security without appropriate checks and balances,? the
resolution states, referring to the internment of
Japanese-Americans. Since the measure merely expresses the sense of
the legislature, Hawaii?s Republican governor Linda Lingle can
neither sign it nor veto it.
?Anne Geske

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