UPDATE: Law Threatens Civil Liberties.

 UPDATE  06/11/08 

Chavez revokes Venezuela spy law

By James Ingham
BBC News, Caracas

Mr Chavez said the law would be completely re-worked

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has revoked a law that made sweeping changes to the intelligence services.

Mr Chavez said he recognised he had made errors when proclaiming the law by decree, adding that it breached the country’s constitution.

The law obliged people to co-operate with intelligence agencies. Refusal to reveal information was punishable with up to six years in jail.

Human rights groups have said the law threatened civil liberties.



A new intelligence law brought in by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has caused concern among rights groups who say it threatens civil liberties.
The new law requires Venezuelans to cooperate with intelligence agencies and secret police if requested. …"this law may be used as a weapon to silence and intimidate the opposition," ….Mr Correa compared the law to the Patriot Act in the United States, ….Mr Chavez – who called the US Patriot Act a "dictatorial law" – denied the Venezuelan law would threaten freedoms ….the revamp was needed to combat "interference from the United States".

Mr Chavez says the law will protect
Venezuela from "imperialist" attacks
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