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04/10/2003 Archived Entry: "R-Party wants Patriot Act made permanent"
THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS:
Congressional Republicans, working with the Bush administration, are maneuvering to make permanent the sweeping anti-terrorism powers granted to federal law enforcement agents after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, officials said Tuesday.
The particular bit of tyranny-by-legislation they're referring to is sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, who can reliably found anywhere that rights are being snatched. If he gets his way, the unconstitutional powers seized by the fedgov in 2001 won't sunset in 2005, as planned.
However, there's another charmer in the works, and this one is "bipartisan" (i.e. gang-rape rather than a single perpetrator). From the same article:
The Kyl-Schumer measure would eliminate the need for federal agents seeking secret surveillance warrants to show that a suspect is affiliated with a foreign power or agent, such as a terrorist group. Advocates say the measure would make it easier for agents to go after "lone wolf" terrorists who are not connected to a foreign group.
"Lone wolf" terrorists not connected to a foreign group. Could that be aka dissenters, tax resisters, ammo reloaders, anti-war demonstrators, Class III license holders, writers, and anybody whose attitude isn't properly subservient? Who knows? Who can predict who'll be the next "terrorist" in these folks' minds? After all, we're talking about the dubious mental powers of folks who think French toast is dangerously unpatriotic.
Posted by Claire @ 10:16 AM CST