The Talking Lion

Thursday, June 16, 2005

A Uniter, Not a Divider...

The House, that hotbed of idiots and wingnuts, has actually done something good:
House Votes To Curb Patriot Act
FBI's Power to Seize Library Records Would Be Halted

The House handed President Bush the first defeat in his effort to preserve the broad powers of the USA Patriot Act, voting yesterday to curtail the FBI's ability to seize library and bookstore records for terrorism investigations.

Bush has threatened to veto any measure that weakens those powers. The surprise 238 to 187 rebuke to the White House was produced when a handful of conservative Republicans, worried about government intrusion, joined with Democrats who are concerned about personal privacy.

Well, when you're a jerk for 5 years like GWB has been you gotta expect some backlash right? What amazing and outstanding changes did they make to the PATRIOT Act?
Under the House change, officials would have to get search warrants from a judge or subpoenas from a grand jury to seize records about a suspect's reading habits.

I mean, god forbid the the authorities have a warrant, this is America after all. I still think its shitty that library records can be seized at all. Baby steps. Baby steps, I say.

Also, apparently there are Republicans in the House who not only are somewhat rational, but can read!
House Administration Committee Chairman Robert W. Ney (Ohio), one of three House Republicans who opposed the Patriot Act when it was enacted in 2001, voted yesterday to curtail agents' power to seize the records.

"Everybody's against terrorism, but there has to be reason in the way that we fight it," Ney said. "The government doesn't need to be sifting through library records. I talked to my libraries, and they felt very strongly about this."

It's not proof that all of them can read, but like I said: baby steps. Republicans arent all happy, there is 187 of them that voted against these measures:
House Republican leaders are not accustomed to losing, and they did not hide their anger about the result. One aide to a House leader referred to the victorious coalition as "the crazies on the left and the crazies on the right, meeting in the middle."

Yep. That's right, we're the crazies. Good joke.

Keep the good news coming.


1 Comments:

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    By Anonymous Forrest, at Thursday, 16 June, 2005  

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