Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Debate On Patriot Act Renewal Heats Up
I'm undecided as to which is my least-favorite part of the law - the sneak-and-peak search, or the ability to pull library records in secret. Or maybe it's the lack of due process for those held without being charged with a crime. But regardless of what I like or don't like, there'd better best some real debate on the issue this time, and hopefully that includes some frank discussion about how many times the PA has been used to prosecute terrorists vs. the number of times that it's been used in non-terrorist investigations.
Is the Patriot Act the equivalent of the Enabling Act, as some have suggested? Probably (and hopefully!) not. And I know that the "slippery slope" argument is a logical fallacy. But even given that, this law needs to go - even the simple appearance of infringement upon our civil liberties should be considered unacceptable, lest the bastards in Washington get any additional ideas.