Kill the USA PATRIOT Act
Since I've never had it explained to me by anyone in the government why the Patriot Act makes us safer or how it would have stopped 9/11 why don't we just kill it. Click on the link, fill out the form and tell your congressman to vote for the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (SAFE - it's nice that the act that is rebuffing the USA PATRIOT Act also has a corny acronym). This is an attempt, which John Ashcroft is threatening, to scale back and repeal some parts of the USA PATRIOT Act. The scariest part of the PATRIOT Act that SAFE tries to eliminate is the government's ability to access library records without judicial approval:

SAFE § 5 amends 18 U.S.C. 2709 to prevent the use of “National Security Letters” to obtain library records. National Security Letters are administrative subpoenas that are issued directly by the Justice Department without any judicial oversight. - EFF

The USA PATRIOT Act is a 342 page bill that was signed into law on October 26, 2001. 342 pages of legalese signed into law only a month and a half after the towers fell. Sounds to me like most of this was on someone's wish list prior to 9/11. Will any of the Patriot Act stop a terrorist attack? Maybe. But how far are people willing to go down that slope in search of security. I'm not willing to let fear take away my rights. Would it have stopped 9/11? I don't think so. Didn't we have some of the information needed to stop 9/11 before the attacks. The problem was not getting more information, it was processing the information that we already had and sharing it between agencies. Zacarias Moussaoui was in custody before 9/11. Would an extra wiretap have made him talk? I don't know the bill front and back but adding data processing power to intelligence agencies was never touted by the administration. Will it infringe on people's rights? Of course. Will the government abuse it? We are talking about the government here.

Seriously, let your representatives know that SAFE should pass.

Original EFF Analysis of the Patriot Act.
 
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