Another great moment for the "most liberal President ever", as today the Obama administration announced that it supported extending several of the more onerous provisions of the Patriot Act, most importantly the business records and roving wiretap sections. In a magnaimous mood, the administration said that it would be open to considering more privacy protection, but only if it didn't weaken the effectiveness of the law. Well, thanks for making that so clear.
I suppose we should be happy that they are at least willing to consider changing things if we complain a lot, as opposed to Bush who brought the Patriot Act down from the mountain on stone tablets not to be altered. Still, I would think that (especially the wiretap rules) would fall under Obama's calls for more open and trustworthy government. Especially since he talked so much about it during the campaign (although strangely not so much now..)
Where exactly is the point that guaranteeing my personal freedoms becomes inconvenient for the Patriot Act?
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