EnderAndrew Posted June 16, 2005 Share Posted June 16, 2005 A lot of people scream up and down about the Patriot Act and how it steals every right you have. Very few people have any idea what the Act actually covers, and what it doesn't. No one can violate your 5th Ammendment rights, and this Act is no different. However, bad press has Congress backing away from the Patriot Act, which originally passed with strong bipartisan support as a necessary tool for national security. Many didn't realize that before the Patriot Act, branches of US intelligence were forbidden from talking to each other. Some in the 9/11 Comission felt 9/11 could have been prevented if the branches had shared intel. Now Congress is voting to disallow the FBI and CIA to access library records. You may not be aware of this, but the government owns the library system. We also discovered that the 9/11 terrorists used library computers to communicate with each other on the internet because of their lax security and lack of monitoring. Democrats are worried that people might be targetted and harassed because of their reading selections, and honestly we don't want that. However, some 15 provisions of the Patriot Act that both parties initially supported will expire at year's end. Is national perception of this law more important than what it actually does, and whether or not it's needed? National perception is that univerally, the Patriot Act is a bad thing. If that's the case, why was it so universally popular in Congress to begin with? I wonder sometimes why the bastion of Democracy for the world is so uneducated on the political actions of their own government, and how we can't be bothered to be active in such affairs, but we damned well want to reserve the right to bitch. http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/15/pat...s.ap/index.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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