Dafydd is doing the non-libertarian thing and suggesting that the Patriot Act be made permanent:
This should be a no-brainer: nobody has shown any violation of civil liberties from use of this act; the Patriot Act should simply be made permanent, all of it.
Yet evidently, simplicity is not a virtue to these complex and nuanced
senators. And shame on the three Republicans for aping the Left's habit
of attacking the president instead of arguing their case before the
One of the major provisions of the Patriot Act is lack of notification.
Those who are investigated under its provisions are not notified while
the investigation continues, and those who are served with subpeonas as
part of the investigation aren't allowed to talk about it. These
provisions make it very, very difficult to show abuses of civil
liberties, and impossible to claim that none have occurred simply because none have been reported.
While investigations of foreign intelligence assets need to remain
highly secretive by their nature, and investigations of terrorists
certainly fall under that same category, there must
be effective oversight -- oversight that is not provided by a secret
court rubberstamping national security letters on the basis of secret
evidence. We need to do better than that.
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