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Friday, March 16, 2012

Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act

The following New York Times article got this Huffington Post headline: DEM SENATORS WARN: SECRET PATRIOT ACT USES WOULD 'STUN' AMERICANS. Few Americans understand that the civil liberty slashing Patriot Act eviscerates civil liberties while churning America into a horrifying Nazified Police State.
For more than two years, a handful of Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee have warned that the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming if the public — or even others in Congress — knew about it. On Thursday, two of those senators — Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado — went further. They said a top-secret intelligence operation that is based on that secret legal theory is not as crucial to national security as executive branch officials have maintained. The senators, who also said that Americans would be “stunned” to know what the government thought the Patriot Act allowed it to do...

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The New York Times

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