Friday, March 24, 2006
WASHINGTON -- When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers...
...The bill contained several oversight provisions intended to make sure the FBI did not abuse the special terrorism-related powers to search homes and secretly seize papers. The provisions require Justice Department officials to keep closer track of how often the FBI uses the new powers and in what type of situations. Under the law, the administration would have to provide the information to Congress by certain dates.
Bush signed the bill with fanfare at a White House ceremony March 9, calling it ''a piece of legislation that's vital to win the war on terror and to protect the American people." But after the reporters and guests had left, the White House quietly issued a ''signing statement," an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law.
In the statement, Bush said that he did not consider himself bound to tell Congress how the Patriot Act powers were being used and that, despite the law's requirements, he could withhold the information if he decided that disclosure would ''impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative process of the executive, or the performance of the executive's constitutional duties.
Oddly enough, I don't feel that much safer.
I have nothing to be ashamed of, I put a lot of my life already out on the internet voluntarily (news flash...I look at porn and masturbate), but really I don't want Bush Brother™ to go snooping around looking at my phone records, my credit history, and so on, it's none of their fucking business if I pay off my credit cards in one payment. It's a total encroachment into into my life that violates my freedom to live my life as I see fit as an American Citizen.
Sure the government can snoop into my personal biz, but as soon as a reporter tries to ask questions about Bush Brother ™, he gets stonewalled.