Patriot Act-Bush Speaks

Friday, June 10, 2005

President Bush gave a speech to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy yesterday. The topic of the speech was the Patriot Act and the need to renew and expand it. I could get into a whole episode on the Patriot Act and whether or not it is constitutional but for the sake of this post I will stick to the words of President Bush.
Speaking to the academy, Bush stated "Your vigilance is keeping our communities safe, and you're serving on the front lines of the war on terror. It's a different kind of war than a war our nation was used to. You know firsthand the nature of the enemy."
Am I to believe there is a war going on here in the U.S. and that the state troopers are "in the trenches"? Should I be wearing a helmet? Also how do Ohio State Troopers know the nature of this mystery enemy, and are they sharing this knowledge with the rest of us?
Bush then goes on to tell the crowd "You know that these enemies cannot be deterred by negotiations, or concessions, or appeals to reason. In this war, there's only one option--and that option is victory."
So let me get my bearings here, there are five options to winning this mystery war one of which is victory? Well then I chose victory, but I am sure that in order to win a "war" you need to establish how you can achieve victory otherwise there is no victory.
Later Mr. Bush explains his strategy "This is a long war, and we have a comprehensive strategy to win it. We're taking the fight to the terrorists abroad, so we don't have to face them here at home. We're denying our enemies sanctuary, by making it clear that America will not tolerate regimes that harbor or support terrorists. We're stopping the terrorists from achieving the ideological victories they seek by spreading hope and freedom and reform across the broader Middle East."
Whoa, first off, I thought the state troopers were the first line of defense. This doesn't explain to me why we are in Iraq. Did they harbor or support terrorists when I wasn't looking? Not only this but I would argue that we are actually feeding into their ideological victories with our actions in Abu Gharib and GITMO, not to mention the innocent deaths in Iraq (100,000 or so).
Finally Bush tells the audience "Congress has recently created a federal board to ensure that the Patriot Act and other laws respect privace and civil liberties. One Senator, Dianne Feinstein of California, has worked with civil rights groups to monitor my administration's use of the Patriot Act. Here's what she said: We've scrubbed the area, and I have no reported abuses."
There it is plain and simple, no need to worry about abuses of the Patriot Act we have a committee. Not sure what the President's idea of recent is but the Civil Liberties Oversight Board was approved by Congress on December 7, 2004. This five member board will be selected by the President and approved by Congress. To date, Bush has not appointed anybody to the Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Let me repeat this, the only group set up to oversee the use of the Patriot Act and make sure there are no abuses is empty, nada, nothing, nobody is home.
As for the "no abuses" claim by Dianne Feinstein , the administration claims that 400 suspects have been charged and more than half of those charged being convicted since the Patriot Act passed (there is a Syracuse U. study on these 400 which I cannot find). There have also been 1,943 complaints to the Justice Department regarding suspected civil rights abuses involving the Patriot Act.


Daedalus said...

Does arresting a 16 year old girl whose parents thought she was misbehaving count as an abuse of the Patriot Act?

Poor girl's most likely been deported by now.

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