Excellent article, would love to have written it.
This past week, several revelations have been made public regarding digital surveillance being conducted by the NSA involving both telephone records and internet activity in the United States and abroad. This activity has been justified under provisions of the .USA PATRIOT Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. The law passed the House overwhelmingly and the Senate by a vote of 98-1, with one abstention. The vote cast against it in the Senate was by Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, who did so saying, in part:
Some have said rather cavalierly that in these difficult times we must accept some reduction in our civil liberties in order to be secure.
Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a…
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