WASHINGTON – The Bush administration’s two top law enforcement officials on Tuesday urged Congress to renew every provision of the anti-terror Patriot Act. FBI Director Robert Mueller also asked lawmakers to expand the bureau’s ability to obtain records without first asking a judge.
Without getting into an in depth examination of the Patriot Act, this provision alone should make it go away. There are too many unconstitutional things in this law and the whole package needs to go away. Urge your representavtives to NOT renew the Patriot Act..but to ensure it dies the death it needs to die.
Near the end comes this quote:
Just in case, Craig and Durbin want Congress to curb both expiring and nonexpiring parts of the Patriot Act, including the expiring “library” provision and “sneak and peek” or delayed notification warrants. Those warrants ? which will not expire in December ? allow federal officials to search suspects’ homes without telling them until later.
The Justice Department said federal prosecutors have asked for 155 such warrants since 2001.
Gonzales also notes that the law has been used in non-terrorism cases. For example, federal officials used it to track over the Internet a woman who ultimately confessed to strangling an 8-months-pregnant woman and cutting the fetus from her womb.”
Now while this was a heinous crime..does this not bother anyone? This anti-terrorism statute has now been in the investigation of a murder that was not terrorism related. Call me paranoid but typical of Big gov’t they are testing this abuse to see what the reaction is..which will predictably be nothing. This will lead to further exansions of the Gov’t survelliance under the guise of “protecting us from terrorism”.