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When Congress passed the Patriot Act in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, law-enforcement agencies hailed it as a powerful tool to help track down the confederates of Osama bin Laden. No one expected it would end up helping to snag the likes of Eliot Spitzer. The odd connection between the antiterror law and Spitzer's trysts with call girls illustrates how laws enacted for one purpose often end up being used very differently once they're on the books.
Many of the act's provisions were to sunset beginning December 31, 2005, approximately 4 years after its passage. In the months preceding the sunset date, supporters of the act pushed to make its sunsetting provisions permanent, while critics sought to revise various sections to enhance civil liberty protections. In July 2005, the U.S. Senate passed a reauthorization bill with substantial changes to several sections of the act, while the House reauthorization bill kept most of the act's original language. The two bills were then reconciled in a conference committee that was criticized by Senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties for ignoring civil liberty concerns. The bill, which removed most of the changes from the Senate version, passed Congress on March 2, 2006 and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on March 9, 2006.
Originally posted by TruthWithin
You bring up a tremendous point.
What worked for Stalin, Hitler and other dictators was that they didn't have to arrest every single politician that opposed them, or every journalist that criticized them. Indeed, they only had to make examples out of a few people. By doing so, it scares the living daylights out of most and they stop and conform.
Adolf Hitler Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.
Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death