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Stretching the Bill of Rights


Back in NY for 9/11. Saw the start of the candle light vigil last night. Interesting lead story on NYTimes today.
President Bush called today for a significant expansion of law enforcement powers under the USA Patriot Act, using the eve of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist acts to say that his administration was winning the war on terrorism but that "unreasonable obstacles" in the law impeded the pursuit of terror suspects. [more]

The quickest way to getting more tools into law enforcement's hands is to institute a completely transparent process allowing anyone (e.g. the ACLU) see how these things are used in practice along with an annual review and renewal. No one, not even Conservatives, trusts this administration to use these new powers judiciously, so they need to show us everything. They have squandered their benefit of the doubt.