Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Spin Alert! Nothing in here about all of the indiscriminate, non-warrantless wiretapping that’s going on. But don’t worry – Mr. Hope and Change voted for that, too. And given that the Department of Homeland Security considers alternative media, states rights activists, constitutionalists, and the US patriot movement to be on a par with Al-CIAda, you can bet that Big Brother now has a ‘national security interest’ and a pressing need to monitor the communications of pretty much anyone it damn well pleases.
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David Kravetz, Wired.com
September 15, 2009
The Obama administration has told Congress it supports renewing three provisions of the Patriot Act due to expire at year’s end, measures making it easier for the government to spy within the United States.
In a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said the administration might consider “modifications” to the act in order to protect civil liberties.
“The administration is willing to consider such ideas, provided that they do not undermine the effectiveness of these important authorities,” Ronald Weich, assistant attorney general, wrote to Leahy, (.pdf) whose committee is expected to consider renewing the three expiring Patriot Act provisions next week. The government disclosed the letter Tuesday.