Wednesday, June 15, 2005

"All along the watchtower, princes kept the view..."






All along the watchtower, princes kept the view,
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

- Bob Dylan, "All Along The Watchtower"


We gon' clap back, we gon' clap back
We gon' clap back, we gon' clap back
(Let's take 'em to war niggaz!)

- Ja Rule, "Clap Back"


House Votes to Limit Patriot Act Rules

Associated Press Writer
36 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - In a slap at President Bush,


(who the hell starts an article like that?)


lawmakers voted Wednesday to block the Justice Department and the FBI from using the Patriot Act to peek at library records and bookstore sales slips.


(who the hell supports thought police anyway?)


The House voted 238-187 despite a veto threat from Bush to block the part of the anti-terrorism law that allows the government to investigate the reading habits of terror suspects.


(who the hell threatens to support the actions of suspected terrorists if they don't get to pass laws that randomly and needlessly threaten every American's privacy?)


The vote reversed a narrow loss last year by lawmakers concerned about the potential invasion of privacy of innocent library users. They narrowed the proposal this year to permit the government to continue to seek out records of Internet use at libraries.


(who the hell threatens to spy on those who can't afford internet access at home while nailing an easy-target toe-hold for further privacy erosion?)


The vote came as the House debated a $57.5 billion bill covering the departments of Commerce, Justice and State. The Senate has yet to act on the measure, and GOP leaders often drop provisions offensive to Bush during final negotiations.


(who the hell gets to play with $57.5 billion and have the final personal say in how it's spent?)


"This is a tremendous victory that restores important constitutional rights to the American people," said Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., the sponsor of the measure. He said the vote would help "rein in an administration intent on chipping away at the very civil liberties that define us as a nation."


(who the hell has the political guts to plainly say the bad guys don't reflect the character of the nation when half the nation says they have a right to define it?)


Congress is preparing to extend the Patriot Act, which was passed quickly in the emotional aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Then, Congress included a sunset provision under which 15 of the law's provisions are to expire at the end of this year.


(who the hell lets the sun set on those provisions without looking at them in the harsh light of exponentially increased intelligence AND stupidity?)





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