Palo Alto Patriots celebrated passing of the resolution against the USA Patriot Act with a grand picnic.On Jun 2, 2003, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously passed one of the toughtest resulution in the country. The Palo Alto resolution forbids city police from helping the FBI in a secret search of a home. Other restrictions include prohibiting police from stopping drivers or pedestrians simply to check their identification without any suspicion of criminal activity. The city's library system had already begun shredding documents and deleting computer files as soon as books are returned. The post-September 11th legislation gave the government broad rights to investigate citizens in the name of the war on terrorism.
It gives the FBI greater power to monitor e-mail, library records, bookstore purchases, credit card bills and educational records. More than 150 cities and counties have passed similar resolutions.
Pictures show glimpse from the picnic.