posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 04:54 PM
President Bush spoke to a group in Columbus, Ohio this Thursday to rally support for the Patriot Act. Several contraversial measures are due to
expire soon, measures George Bush claims are essential to fighting the war on terror. He attributes over 200 terrorist convictions to these measures
including the capture conviction of Columbus truck driver, Iyman Faris. Despite these results cited by President Bush, there are still civil
libertarians opposed to the Patriot Act for the abuse it may allow.
Bush urged lawmakers to disregard what he called “unfair criticisms of this important good law.” He said the Patriot Act has been used to bring
charges against more than 400 suspects, and more than half have been convicted. He also said it has been used to break up terrorist cells in New York,
Oregon, Virginia and Florida.
“For the state of our national security, Congress must not rebuild a wall between law enforcement and intelligence,” he said to an audience that
included roughly 100 uniformed state troopers at the Ohio Patrol Training Academy.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I have no doubt that the Patriot Act is useful in fighting terrorism. I do, however, have to side more with the civil libertarians on this matter.
One part of the article that also caught my eye stated:
"the Justice Department’s inspector general reported that 7,000 people have complained of abuse and countless others don’t even know they’ve
been subjected to a search because the law requires that the searches be kept secret." I find this rather frightening.
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