Aloha, Ashcroft


First we had dissident individuals, then dissident groups, then dissident towns. Now a state is bristling at the Patriot Act and other new restraints on our freedoms. Hawaii has passed a bill declaring that "to the extent legally possible, no state resources—including law enforcement funds and educational administrative resources—may be used for unconstitutional activities." The resolution also urges the state's congressional representatives "to work to repeal any sections of the USA Patriot Act or recent executive orders that limit or violate fundamental rights and liberties protected by the Constitutions of Hawaii and the United States."