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Civil Liberties 1 - Patriot Act 0

The US House of Representatives is again showing signs of having a backbone and a conscience.

From the NYT,

"The House voted Wednesday to block a provision of the USA Patriot Act that makes it easier for federal investigators to review the records of libraries and bookstores on national security grounds."

This quote form Bernard Sanders an Independent from Vermont who lead the fight against these provisios of the Patriot Act is pretty funny when you really think about it.

"Congress has begun to hear that civil liberties and privacy issues are important to Americans,"

Did congress really have to "hear" that civil liberties and privacy are important to Americans? I mean that seems like a given unless you are George Bush doesn't it?

Speaking of King George,

"The White House has threatened to veto the measure if it impedes the Patriot Act, and Mr. Bush as recently as Tuesday personally urged lawmakers to renew the law."

So the two things (the only two things) that Bush has seen fit to veto (or threaten to veto) in 5 years as President is Stem Cell research legislation that could possibly save countless lives and Patriot Act legislation that gives back the right to privacy that never should have been taken away in the first place. At least we may get some "real" work done with this whole flag burning bill. I'm sure as Federal agents rifle through the book purchases of a person with Lou Gehrig's disease, that person will feel much better about there lot in life knowing they will never have to live though the horror of seeing a flag burned again. Such is the state of modern Conservatism.


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