Tuesday, January 27, 2004

I found it rather funny on the night of the SOTU address when the statement about the patriot act being about to expire got riotous applause from the floor before the President's appeal to reinstate it was finished. It's not a very popular act it would seem. All I can say now as it's tenure draws to a close is that this will be, for me, a defining moment for my elected representatives, as they will now have a chance to do what they failed to do before-read it before they sign anything. I'll give that they did actually read it the first time-well, they read a version of it. And I'll give that they were trusting enough to assume the version they signed was the same version they read the night before. But, as it turned out, that wasn't the case. Well, now's their chance to fix some of the damage done by this Orwellian monstrosity disguised as security, and actually pay attention this time. Looks like one court is already trying to dismantle some of the shadier parts-

Federal judge rules part of Patriot Act unconstitutional

This, being just the latest scrutiny this act has come under after the librarian harassment, arrest of sex toy and bong salesmen, and various other outrageous breaches of civil liberty that have fallen under the blanket of the USA PATRIOT act, I hope, nay, insist, our representatives don't dare reinstate the parts set to expire without a magnifying glass, a dictionary, and a copy of the Constitution.

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