Why the PATRIOT Act ain’t that bad

OpinionJournal’s current featured article (quick, free registration required) defends the PATRIOT Act. An enlightening read on a much maligned bill, which passed with 98 votes in the Senate and 357 votes in the House. Also, the PATRIOT Act, which is often said to be unconstitutional and an egregrious breech of our right to privacy, has only been ruled unconstitutional by a court once. Why? Because one paragraph in the 132 page bill was too vague. Hardly a menace to our privacy.

My only quibble with the article is the ending which claims the federal government is “entitled . . . to receive from its citizens the benefit of the doubt.” On some occasions I believe it is entitled to it, but I’d also say those occasions are few and far between.

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