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February 10, 2006
Here we go again

Agreement reached on Patriot Act Senate Republicans, White House strike deal

A band of Senate Republican holdouts reached agreement Thursday with the White House on changes in the Patriot Act designed to clear the way for passage of anti-terror legislation stalled in a dispute over civil liberties.

Sen. John Sununu, R-New Hampshire, said the changes, quickly endorsed by at least one leading Democrat, would better "protect civil liberties even as we give law enforcement important tools to conduct terrorism investigation."

My prime suspect was Lieberman. But then, reading the article, I found Dick Durbin's name.

Me, I found much to hate in the "compromise." People have the right to "challenge" the secrecy around a subpoena but not the right to actually tell the world they've been subpoenaed unless the government says they can? (What are the odds?)

And why are only "most" libraries to be exempted? Which libraries and why?

Bottom line? I'm absolutely infuriated that the Democrats seem to be passively accepting the White House's position that we need this legislation. Because we don't.

Civil liberties, people. Don't take them for granted, because you're losing some of them every day.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:33 AM