Friday, December 05, 2003

The Patriot Act

I'm not sure I've ever seen one article/column in an Irish paper defending the Patriot Act. Mostly I see smug references condeming it, but I can't recall one supportive mention. I'm actually in favor of it.

In today's NY Post two New York politicians, Peter King (Rep) and Ed Koch (Dem), defend the Act. One passage is a good summary of how the Act has been used to date.
Before addressing these specifics, let's put Gore's case in its proper perspective by citing Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who recently said she hadn't found a "single abuse of the Patriot Act" - and when she asked the ACLU for any instance of abuse, was told, "they had none." Similarly, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said criticism of the Patriot Act "is both misinformed and overblown" and the Justice Department has "done a pretty good job in terms of implementing" the law.
But, the details are interesting too. Read the whole article.

Althought it's an unimportant detail, the Zodiac killer has never been caught.