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The USA Patriot Act remains perhaps the most significant threat to the freedom of our citizens since McCarthy back in the 50s. Right now, while it doesn't look promising, there is hope to get this act started. The act was passed in response to 9//11 to make it easier for the government to investigate "terrorist activity.
The law severely restricts our rights as U.S. citizens. I plan on sending information to your Congressmen and Senators but unfortunately, it won't do much good. Fortunately, other Senators have said they will fillibuster the law. If they can hold this for just a little longer, the Patriot Act will go down. It's something that needs to be done for the protection of our country.
Here's a brief explanation from the Washington Post of some of what's involved:
The compromise bill would slightly change the provisions that allow FBI to obtain people's business records, including library records. Investigators would have to provide a judge with a "statement of facts" showing "reasonable grounds" to believe the records are relevant to an anti-terrorism investigation.
As Lindsay Beyerstein points out over at MajikThise, there's still a chance to stop this but you need to do what you can now.
posted by Stithmeister @ 12:43 PM
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