Monday, November 07, 2005

Again, it all makes perfect sense

You shouldn't worry that the Patriot Act allows the FBI to use national security letters to gather information on Americans not alleged to be spies or terrorists.

Really, who cares whether federal agents know where an ordinary citizen "makes and spends money, with whom he lives and lived before, how much he gambles, what he buys online, what he pawns and borrows, where he travels, how he invests, what he searches for and reads on the Web, and who telephones or e-mails him at home and at work?" Surely you don't expect that whole "liberty" thing to keep government officials out of any of those aspects of your life just because you aren't doing anything wrong.

Besides, investigators can't send the letters without promising they have a really good reason. After all, it's your fault if you misdial a number and happen to appear on a terrorism suspect's phone log by mistake, so you should forfeit your privacy rights accordingly. You also should surrender any expectation that you'll ever learn about the surveillance of you, because that's what you get for being a dirty, misdialing terrorist enabler.

Despite your leaders' assurances that no one has reported a Patriot Act abuse, some whiners claim there might be more complaints if the law didn't forbid anyone from ever notifying the targets of national security letters that they were targets, ever. They're trying to confuse you with "logic." You must ignore them.

Just listen to uppity liberals like former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga.: "The abuse is in the power itself. As a conservative, I really resent an administration that calls itself conservative taking the position that the burden is on the citizen to show the government has abused power, and otherwise shut up and comply."

Limited government? Who ever heard of such?


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