One of the scariest pieces of legislation to come out of 9/11 is the Patriot Act. Sure, you weren’t doing anything wrong, so there was nothing to hide, right? To the people who were for this thing, if you were so scared of whatever it was you were scared of that you would give up your privacy, then you shouldn’t be allowed to discuss personal freedoms. Me, I’m not doing anything wrong and I have nothing to hide, but I still want my privacy. I live in America, the greatest country in the world, and I shouldn’t be scared of anything, except maybe killer bunnies.
Anyway, the American Civil Liberties Union released a report detailing government abuse that has taken place under the Patriot Act.
“The fallout we’ve seen from the Patriot Act being rushed through the legislative process is a dramatic example of the dire need for proper and deliberative congressional oversight,” said (Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, Caroline) Fredrickson. “Congress should use this year’s Patriot Act reauthorization as an opportunity to reexamine all of our surveillance laws. Our lawmakers have, over time, built a massive surveillance mechanism bit by bit. Now is the time take it apart, examine each piece and develop wiser policies.”
Keep your eye on this and call your representatives when it comes up for renewal. This country doesn’t need legislation like this.