Patriot Act moves beyond its scope

You knew it was going to happen. Libertarians across the net have been warning about the potential since it was first enacted.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 ? The Bush administration, which calls the USA Patriot Act perhaps its most essential tool in fighting terrorists, has begun using the law with increasing frequency in many criminal investigations that have little or no connection to terrorism.

The government is using its expanded authority under the far-reaching law to investigate suspected drug traffickers, white-collar criminals, blackmailers, child pornographers, money launderers, spies and even corrupt foreign leaders, federal officials said.

Of course the counter argument is, "What's wrong with criminals being caught?" There is nothing wrong with criminals being caught, by itself. What is wrong is using a piece of legislation beyond the scope of its mission resulting in an increase in an increase in the size of government. A terrorism bill is supposed to fight terrorism, not other criminals, many of whom are only criminals in a legal sense, not a moral sense. Today, the Patriot Act fights an already irrational Drug War. Tomorrow...?

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