Patriot Act

Remember When the Patriot Act Debate Was All About Library Records?

Remember When the Patriot Act Debate Was All About Library Records?
In the months following the Patriot Act's passage in October of 2001, there was a heated public debate about the very provision of the law that we now know the government is using to vacuum up phone records of American citizens on a massive scale. But the consternation didn’t focus on anything like that. Instead, the debate centered on something else: library records.
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Colorado Senator Warned of Patriot Act's Potential for Privacy Invasions

Colorado Senator Warned of Patriot Act's Potential for Privacy Invasions
He made impassioned speeches on the Senate floor, held press conferences and appeared on the Sunday talk shows. For years, Colorado Senator Mark Udall has been telling anyone who will listen that key provisions of the Patriot Act are being used by the the government to tread on citizens’ constitutional rights to privacy. This week, they started listening.
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Romney Torture Memo Leaked

Cenk Uygur and Ben Mankiewicz discuss on The Young Turks:
"...In one of his first acts, President Obama issued an executive order restricting interrogators to a list of nonabusive tactics approved in the Army Field Manual. Even as he embraced a hawkish approach to other counterterrorism issues — like drone strikes, military commissions, indefinite detention and the Patriot Act — Mr. Obama has stuck to that strict no-torture policy. By contrast, Mr. Romney's advisers have privately urged him to "rescind and replace President Obama's executive order" and permit secret "enhanced interrogation techniques against high-value detainees that are safe, legal and effective in generating intelligence to save American lives," according to an internal Romney campaign memorandum..."
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