Watching Government: Punishment without crimes

A US Senate bill that aims to keep fuel out of the hands of terrorists could make criminals out of the victims, according to the Petroleum Marketers Association of America.The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice would have expanded authority to intervene when there is a serious security threat targeting chemicals under the legislation introduced by Sens. Jon Corzine (D-NJ), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and James Jeffords (I-VT.).The Chemical Security Act of 2001, S 1602, would require those agencies to develop regulations that define priority sites and assure that basic security precautions are taken, including limiting inventories stored...

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