Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence...
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.
This entry was published 2005-11-26 21:08:32.0 by firstname.lastname@example.org
and last updated 2005-11-26 21:08:32.0.