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Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 04:00 PM

How could we as Americans ever question what is done under the umbrella of Patriotism?

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I object to the focus of The Patriotic Act. The focus is increasing the power of the government's intelligence community. I believe our intelligence community is a necessary evil that must be closely overseen continuously by Congress. (Although I'm against capital punishment, I believe spies should be subject to the firing squad when they are found guilty of betrayal that might have resulted in the death of an "innocent" person. That's what should give teeth to Congressional oversight). U.S. law must choose between The Patriotic Act and the message on The Statue of Liberty. The latter symbolizes "The House I live In."

How could we as Americans ever question what is done under the umbrella of Patriotism?
Giving this law this name is EXACTLY (along with all the other perfectly good reasons) why it needs to be VERY SPECIFIC about when civil liberties may be put aside.
For the record, I am also horribly offended by calling September 11 "Patriot Day", and I am reduced to apoplexy when asked to explain why.


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