Lincoln City Council Takes on the Patriot Act

A nearly seven hour public hearing was held Monday in front of the Lincoln City Council. The public voiced their concerns over the Patriot Act, a Federal law designed to combat terrorism. The Act allows the Federal government to access records previously off-limits. The City Council was asked to act on a resolution before them, saying the civil rights and liberties of Lincolnites are important. The resolution passed by a vote of 4-3 after much debate.

Monday's resolution has no bearing on the Federal law. Lincoln now joins roughly 350 governments across the country who have raised concerns with the U.S. Patriot Act.