It’s time to get rid of that stupid thing

Because what we know about the Patriot Act isn’t bad enough. I’m shocked, shocked to discover that the government is broadening its definitions in order to invade our privacy further. That sort of thing hardly ever happens. Oh wait, it happens every time we give the government a modicum of power.

He warned in a Tuesday statement about the government’s “unfettered” access to bulk citizen data, like “a cellphone company’s phone records.” In a Senate floor speech on Tuesday, Udall urged Congress to restrict the Patriot Act’s business-records seizures to “terrorism investigations” — something the ostensible counterterrorism measure has never required in its nearly 10-year existence.


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