Wednesday, June 15, 2005

More Silly Statements

Supporters of the Patriot Act countered that the rules on reading records are a potentially useful tool in finding terrorists and argued that the House was voting to make libraries safe havens for them.

And if anything happens Abdul, run to a library they are safe havens for us terrorists. ....What!@#*&
Libraries safe havens for terrorists because they can't violate civil rights of privacy? Mr. Nadler what say you?

``If the government suspects someone is looking up how to make atom bombs, go to a court and get a search warrant,'' said Jerold Nadler, D-N.Y. mean they aren't safe havens after all? These guys have become laughable. The sad part is many Americans want to play their silly game. Gee ,if they really are smart terrorists you would think instead of going to the library they would get a wi-fi laptop and do it from their own home...whadda ya think? The rules still allow the government to write their own warrant for internet records at libraries. If it was guns we were talking about instead of books you'd see these "tough on terrorism" guys screaming from the rooftops.
Many librarians are quickly destroying records to avoid having to comply with the rule.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told Congress in April that the government has never used the provision to obtain library, bookstore, medical or gun sale records.
But when asked whether the administration would agree to exclude library and medical records from the law, Gonzales demurred. ``It should not be held against us that we have exercised restraint,'' he said.
Authorities have gained access to records through voluntary cooperation from librarians, Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller said.

In other words we have taken library records but we haven't had to force anybody.....yet. Pardon me for using a hackneyed expression but, when freedom and privacy is diminished the terrorists win. Why is that so hard to understand.


Blogger Don said...

I do believe that the writers of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence believed and hoped that their successors would believe as they did...less government is the best government. As far as I am concerned, any government entity that suggests more snooping into our private lives should be eliminated or pared down to just the bare essentials. There is no need for this. Give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile.

8:55 AM, June 20, 2005  

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