mutatis mutandis (xauenmurph) wrote,
mutatis mutandis

U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. renewal

"President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general has endorsed an extension of the law that allows federal agents to demand Americans' library and bookstore records as part of terrorism probes...The searches must be authorized by a court that meets secretly and has approved the government's requests in nearly all cases, according to congressional reports. The target of the search does not have to be suspected of terrorism or any other crime. A permanent gag order that accompanies each search prohibits the business or library from telling anyone about it."
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Hope is currently the skin over the peach of historical cynicism.
People who run for office tend to hold onto power and to think they know what's best for us, it seems.

I wish I were surprised.