Wednesday, December 21, 2005

All you need to know about the Patriot Act

Although they're hesitant to speak its name, the Democrats are busy wrapping terrorists' Christmas present by filibustering the Patriot Act renewal. It's debatable whether the Democrats know anyone who could loosely be considered 'civil,' but they're sure worried about their 'liberties.'

The new and improved Patriot Act still allows the same kind of intelligence gathering methods that have (nearly) always been afforded when investigating drug dealers and organized crime, but now adds provisions designed to ensure the 'civil liberties' of people who aren't interested in mass murder. In a nutshell, we can use the same methods to track terrorists as we have already been able to use on crime, while not sacrificing our freedom. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Not when you have one party so clueless on national security.

From the Wall Street Jounal on the importance of the Patriot Act and the reality of the original, unabridged Patriot Act has never stepped on the civil liberties of any American who wasn't a suspected terrorist:
The Justice Department says that without the Patriot Act it could not have broken up terrorist cells in Buffalo, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Detroit and Virginia. Critics say that claim is impossible to verify, but we do know for sure that no court has verified a single example of the Patriot Act being used to curtail anyone's civil liberties. Rest assured the Act's critics would have found one by now if it existed.
The beauty of being on the Left is that you can argue your point in earnest and not need a single of example of how the government has violated anyone's civil liberties.

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