Up In Arms Over the Patriot Act
Municipalities nationwide are formerly declaring opposition to the Patriot Act
By Keith Bulriss
On December 2, 2002 Burlington city councilors voted 10-2 in favor of going on record against the USA Patriot Act.
The list of US towns that
have passed such resolutions continues to grow: New Haven, Connecticut;
Madison, Wisconsin; Eugene, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; and Cambridge,
Massachusetts. As of this writing on December 9, eighteen towns, cities,
or counties across the nation have formally passed similar resolutions
and dozens of other municipalities including Boston, Oakland, and Miami
are hard at work on their own statements.
Under the act, federal
investigators can plant wiretaps, search computers, investigate library
records, and take other investigative steps if they believe someone
is connected with foreign terrorists. The act also makes it illegal
for anyone who has been served a warrant under the act from talking
What seems to be going
unnoticed here is that the American government can, has been, and will
continue to do all of these things with or without the Patriot
Act. Left wing politicos don't seem to want to entertain the notion
that those who are investigated *gasp* most likely NEED to be investigated.
Few would dispute the notion
that terrorists are bad people and need to be rooted out from their
hiding places. As a nation, we are in need of some serious house cleaning
due to an open and welcoming immigration policy that is seriously compromising
our safety. Rationality has taken a back seat to political correctness
for far too long.
Six months to the day after
Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi flew planes into the World Trade Center,
the Immigration and Naturalization Service notified a Venice, Florida
flight school that the two men had been approved for student visas.
What is wrong with this picture?
"It does serve to
illustrate what we have been saying since 1995 -- that the current system
for collecting information and tracking foreign students is antiquated,
outdated, inaccurate, and untimely," Immigration and Naturalization
Services spokesman Russ Bergeron said in a CNN interview after the incident.
The argument of our country's
immigrant heritage no longer holds water. There
are undoubtedly more terrorists among us and they need to be found,
stripped of everything, and hung to dry. The Patriot Act is a comparatively
unimposing measure. Martial law exists and remains an option that no
one wants to seeweigh the two.
So, to Burlington and other
local governments, stop pouring sugar in the Bush machine's gas tank.
Granted, the Patriot Act is the lesser of two evils, but in the long
run, it will do us a whole lot of good. The only thing worse than a
war abroad would be a war with the government on the home front.
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee keeps a running tally of proposed measures if you would like to see the progress of resolutions around the country.