After 9/11, you remember we came up with all kinds of new aggressive new laws to combat a new kind of enemy. One of them was the Patriot Act. Another one was the Protection - Protect America Act. This was an extension of our eavesdropping. It helped our government listen in and find terrorists.Geez. How about our privacy or desire to live in a non-tyrannical state? The Bush administration has used fear to propel initiatives forward that have pushed America into the worst category in Privacy International's rankings. We are in the same category as Russia and China, if that gives you some perspective!
Well, over the weekend, the House failed to pass this Bill, which would have prevented the Protect America Act from lapsing, an extension requested by the president. It`s got a six-month sunset over and over again. He feels - and I happen to agree with him — that this congressional game-playing by Nancy Pelosi will end up killing Americans.
Now, what could be even more terrifying than that fact is that Congress may be acting with reelection in mind and not your safety. Critics are saying now that the House caved to special interest groups, mostly trial lawyers who want their rights to sue these big, huge phone companies that release sensitive information to the government.
Sure, we need to be protected. But funny how the GOP is always talking about "small government" when this sort of thing increases government - government oversight of our activities. Why is it so important for the wiretapping to be warrantless? Did it really take that long to get a warrant in the past? The Bush administration just doesn't want to justify its activities to a judge, that's all.
And why is it they seem to always push the idea that the Democrats are soft on terror? Maybe they're high on Constitutional rights, instead. And does anyone seriously believe that if Gore had been in office instead of Bush the Taliban and Al-Qaeda would be have overrun our country? If you do, I'd be interested in what your IQ is (I'm in Mensa, BTW).
Let's face it, the odds of you dying via a lightning strike are higher than that of dying in a terrorist attack, according to the CDC, as Benjamin Friedman points out in this article (free registration required).
Yet we allow ourselves to be so easily cowed.
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