In a by-now classic Rovian-doublespeak maneuver, the Senate passed the reauthorization of the horrendous USA Patriot Act, leaving basically intact the most onerous provisions, specifically no-knock, no-tell, warrantless searches. It gags the recipient of a warrant for ONE YEAR before he can go before a judge to complain.
What the hell is civil libertarian about that? Some knuckleheaded FBI freak slaps a FISA on me you had better believe I will start ten new blogs, screaming harassment and prior restraint all over the blogosphere and then we’ll take it to the Supreme Court.
It’s called prior restraint, people, and it is evil. Furthermore, as an unconstitutional law, I am required by moral duty to ignore it, challenge it, and to let as many people as possible know about it.
God damn, I hate politicians.