Thursday, May 19, 2005

"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"

Maybe this senator has been watching to much of the classic The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but he now seems to have the bright idea that the FBI "don't need no stinking judicial overview".
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is working on a bill that would renew the Patriot Act and expand government powers in the name of fighting terrorism, letting the FBI subpoena records without permission from a judge or grand jury.

Much of the debate in Congress has concerned possibly limiting some of the powers in the anti-terrorism law passed 45 days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

But the measure being written by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., would give the FBI new power to issue administrative subpoenas, which are not reviewed by a judge or grand jury, for quickly obtaining records, electronic data or other evidence in terrorism investigations, according to aides for the GOP majority on the committee who briefed reporters Wednesday
This is just ripe for abuse by the FBI, or any Homeland Offense officer. The idea that they can issue administrative subpoenas without the due process that we enjoy is not just bothersome, but a sign of things.

The patriot act was horrible, but now with the Real ID act and rumors of this I have to ask openly are we still a free nation. Yes I still have free speech, if it is ok with McCain Feingold. I have the right to travel freely, as long as I show a lot of ID and my name is not similar to a bad persons name. I have the right to earn money and be successful, as long as I give an ever increasing cut to the government for protection.

The only small bright spot is that a few items in the original Patriot act are going to expire and go away. But. There always seems to be a "but", and this butt lives in Kansas. This new plan would make the expiring sections permanent.
Eight expiring sections of the law that deal with foreign intelligence investigations would become permanent, they said.
Gee thanks.

The government keeps doing this while raising the specter of Terrorism. After a few times the village people quit listening to the boy because he kept screaming wolf. When will America realise that the government is yelling wolf to much and call them on the fact?

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