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Monday, February 14, 2005

ABC News: Bush Urges Renewal of Patriot Act

ABC News: Bush Urges Renewal of Patriot Act: " President Bush on Monday urged Congress to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act, the Justice Department's widely criticized anti-terrorism law.
'We must not allow the passage of time or the illusion of safety to weaken our resolve in this new war' on terrorism, Bush said at a swearing-in ceremony for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the Justice Department. "

Senator Feingold was the only US Senator to vote against the USAPATRIOT Act. What bothers me, is that this act is frequently called the USA Patriot Act, by the media, by right wingers and conservatives, and even by liberals and progressives.

There is nothing patriotic about the act of stripping civil liberties of free citizens of a democracy. The "USAPATRIOT" part, is merely an acronym, that stands for "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act." Nothing about the bill is "USA," or American, and nothing about the bill is patriotic. It's just an acronym, and a cheesy one at that.

So no more USA Patriot Act. It's the USAPATRIOT Act. I'll also accept the U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, but by using this silly name, we're playing in the the hands of those who wish to trade away right for the feeling of security.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel someone needs to remind the senator from kentucky who said that civil liberties aren't worth much when your dead, that life without civil liberites isn't worth much either

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