PATRIOT Act Extended
I was surprised to see the PATRIOT Act had been extended. I guess I wasn't paying enought attention as I thought the extension had been defeated. Then I realized it had just been extended for six months as opposed to the four years which was originally proposed.
I won't comment here on the merits, or lack thereof, of the PATRIOT Act itself. The one thing that most should find troubling about this whole issue is the number of both citizens and legislators that don't seem to have any concerns about the Act in the first place. Since the War On Terror is likely to last decades to possibly centuries, PATRIOT Act supporters are essentially saying it's ok to to infringe on our liberties for our lifetimes and perhaps even generations to come.
Don't think they're saying that? I'd submit that by dismissing criticisms of the Act and being so determined in going forward with extensions of the Act, that's exactly what they're saying and are tossing the "freedoms" they're so concerned about defending out the window.
I've said it once and I'll say it again: Our freedoms aren't threatened by anyone outside our borders. The only ones that can (and do) threaten America's freedoms are its citizenry and its government.