November 06, 2003

Happy Birthday, Patriot Act... Shoulda Drowned You At Birth.

From Metafilter, we have this wonderful sentence and the link to go with it

The Patriot Act turned two years old recently. To celebrate its birthday, its buddies took it to a strip club.

The statement itself deserves comment; but the article behind it is incredible, with quotes like the following....

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Congress intended the Patriot Act to help federal authorities root out threats from terrorists and spies after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"The law was intended for activities related to terrorism and not to naked women," said Reid, who as minority whip is the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate.

"Let me say, with Galardi and his whole gang, I don't condone, appreciate or support all their nakedness. But having said that, I haven't heard anyone say at any time he was involved with terrorism."

And this wonderful bit of observation that no one seemed to notice at the time...

Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said she was preparing an inquiry to the FBI about its guidelines for using the Patriot Act in cases that don't involve terrorism. The law makes it easy for citizens' rights to be abused, she said.
Posted by Ted Stevko at November 6, 2003 04:01 PM | TrackBack