St. Louis Public Radio News
1:53 pm
Wed February 12, 2003

U. City Passes Resolution Critical of Patriot Act.

University City, MO – University City leaders Monday night approved a measure that calls into question two federal anti-terrorism laws.

The St. Louis suburb is apparently the first Missouri city to do so. The resolution considers the Patriot and Homeland Security Acts threatening to civil liberties like free speech, privacy, legal counsel, and due process.

The group seeking the resolution's adoption, the St. Louis Bill of Rights Defense Committee, now wants the St. Louis Board of Alderman to pass similar language.

Although most of the resolutions serve only as symbolic gestures, they could encourage local resistance to federal agencies deemed a threat to civil liberties.