Monday | July 21, 2003
The pendulum has reached its apex
9-11 was the catalyst. Seizing on the hysteria of the moment, the Bush administration took the opportunity to erode pesky civil liberties, muzzle the press, and start the war of its dreams (after brushing aside the appetizer in Afghanistan).
In the best laid plans of PNAC and the rest of the chickenhawk warmongering cabal, we still had wars in Syria and Iran with which to contend. But alas, the momentum was lost. And in fact, the pendulum has started swining the other way.
First to falter was the administration's perpetual march to war. Then the press tore off its muzzle and rediscovered its voice. Now, the Patriot Act is under serious assault.
Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont have passed anti-Patriot Act resolutions (AK particularly interesting, as it is solidly GOP, though of the libertarian persuassion). 165 other communities have followed suit.
Now, an internal Justice investigation will further fuel calls to roll back or revoke the act.
A report by internal investigators at the Justice Department has identified dozens of recent cases in which department employees have been accused of serious civil rights and civil liberties violations involving enforcement of the sweeping federal antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act.Traditional civil liberties groups have teamed up with others like the NRA to overturn the Patriot Act, leaving it exposed and vulnerable.
Soon, the only thing left to roll back will be the Bush Administration itself.Posted July 21, 2003 09:44 AM