Summary: H.R.1301 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/10/1993)


Title I: Domestic Terrorism

Title II: Explosives

Title III: Illegal Immigration

Title IV: International Terrorism

Title V: Authorizations to Expand Counter-Terrorist


Terrorism Prevention and Protection Act of 1993 - Title I: Domestic Terrorism - Amends the Federal criminal code to provide for imposition of the death penalty if death results from: (1) the commission of terrorist acts; and (2) using, or attempting or conspiring to use, weapons of mass destruction under specified circumstances.

(Sec. 102) Enhances penalties for specified violations of the International Economic Emergency Powers Act and passport and visa provisions of the Federal criminal code.

(Sec. 104) Extends the statute of limitations for specified terrorism offenses.

(Sec. 105) Revises provisions regarding Federal Bureau of Investigation access to telephone subscriber information to increase such access under specified circumstances involving counterintelligence investigations and international terrorism.

(Sec. 106) Sets penalties for: (1) violence at airports serving international civil aviation; and (2) violation of Federal aviation security regulations.

(Sec. 108) Establishes an Economic Terrorism Task Force.

(Sec. 109) Revises the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) concerning alien witness cooperation with Federal or State law enforcement authorities or courts.

(Sec. 110) Sets penalties regarding: (1) providing material support to terrorists; (2) homicides and attempted homicides involving firearms in Federal facilities; and (3) specified explosives offenses.

(Sec. 113) Directs the United States Sentencing Commission to amend sentencing guidelines to increase the base offense level for a felony that involves international terrorism.

Title II: Explosives - Amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit the: (1) manufacture of explosive material which does not contain an identification taggant and a detection taggant which meet standards to be promulgated by the Secretary of the Treasury; and (2) transport, shipment, distribution, receipt, or other disposition or importation of explosive materials not containing such taggants.

Title III: Illegal Immigration - Immigration Preinspection Act of 1993 - Amends the INA to: (1) require the Attorney General to establish and maintain preinspection stations in at least three of the ten foreign airports which the Attorney General identifies as serving as last points of departure for the greatest number of passengers who arrive from abroad by air at ports of entry within the United States; and (2) convert the visa waiver pilot program for certain visitors into a permanent program, subject to specified revisions.

(Sec. 304) Revises INA provisions regarding passenger manifests (including authorizing the use of electronic manifests), inspection by immigration officers, and immigration inspection and preinspection services to expedite airport immigration processing. Directs the Attorney General to implement an expedited process for the inspection of U.S. citizens upon arrival from abroad by air at ports of entry within the United States.

Title IV: International Terrorism - Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act to provide that whenever an alien furnishes information leading to the conviction of an international terrorist, or the prevention, frustration, or favorable resolution of an international terrorist act, and the Secretary of State and the Attorney General jointly determine that the protection of such alien or the alien's immediate family requires admission, such alien and immediate relatives may be issued visas and admitted for permanent residence, subjects to specified limitations.

(Sec. 402) Amends the Federal criminal code to: (1) increase penalties for international terrorist acts; and (2) prohibit specified offenses of violence against maritime navigation or fixed platforms.

(Sec. 406) Sets forth provisions regarding: (1) extension of the territorial sea and assimilated crimes in such areas; and (2) jurisdiction over crimes against U.S. nationals on foreign ships.

(Sec. 409) Sets penalties for: (1) torture; (2) counterfeiting U.S. currency abroad; and (3) foreign murders of U.S. nationals. Provides for the imposition of the death penalty for terrorists under specified circumstances.

Title V: Authorizations to Expand Counter-Terrorist Operations - Authorizes appropriations to specified departments and agencies for counter-terrorist operations and programs.