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USA PATRIOT Act

By on 11.16.05 | 12:21PM

Is half a loaf okay when the issue involves our domestic security?

Apparently our elected officials in Congress think so, judging by the deal they struck on renewing and making permanent ivestigative tools in the USA PATRIOT Act. We'll leave the details to people like Corallo who actually dealt with the stuff during their time in government, but this negotiated deal, which keeps many of the most critical investigative tools on a sunset schedule for seven years, is just awful.

Granted, it's better than the four years Democrats were asking for, but we shouldn't be playing games with policies that keep us safe. The privacy concerns related to some of these tools have been overblown by People for the American Way and the ACLU, which have both raised millions off of half-truths and outright lies. And besides, privacy rights don't do you much good if you're not alive to enjoy them.

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