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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
 
The Patriot Act is not a good thing.
It leads to serious prosecutorial abuse as in this example from Detroit:
"Farhat is at the center of an internal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department into the conduct of Richard G. Convertino, the lead prosecutor in the nation’s first terror case to stem from the investigation of the September 11 terrorist attack."

It also leads to serious investigative abuse, as in this example from Las Vegas:
"LAS VEGAS (AP) - The FBI used the USA Patriot Act to obtain financial information about key figures in a political corruption probe centered on striptease club owner Michael Galardi, an agent said."

And then it lends itself to just plain old abuse, as in this example from North Carolina:
" A North Carolina county prosecutor charged a man accused of running a methamphetamine lab with breaking a new state law barring the manufacture of chemical weapons. If convicted, Martin Dwayne Miller could get 12 years to life in prison for a crime that usually brings about 6 months."

Of course, our US Attorney General thinks we're just a bunch of whiners:
"Some people cannot start their cars and say, 'Oh, it's the Patriot Act,' " Mr. Ashcroft said. "

Yep, count on our senior administration officials to squarely address legitimate concerns about matters such as civil liberties. Also you know you can count on the Justice Department to deliver an accurate assessment to Congress as they consider renewing this fine piece of legislation:
"It is clear that the government has been thoroughly responsible in its implementation of the act," Justice Department spokesman Mark Corallo said. "As the president has said, it is vital that Congress reauthorize these provisions."

Wouldn't it be nice to live in a world where the press identified lies and spin for you?


 
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