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  •  This could just be the beginning of a series... (11+ / 0-)

    of challenges both to this law and aspects of the Patriot Act that have mostly gone unchallenged in the past decade because of undefined 'standing' parameters.

    I remember some years back, a couple people tried to sue the government for wiretapping their phones but the judge(s) found they didn't have standing because DoJ lawyers argued before the judge that standing couldn't be established due to the fact that the plaintiff couldn't prove he/she had been wiretapped because the government didn't have to admit they did the wiretapping, and the telecom involved couldn't lawfully disclose the fact that they were complicit.

    Bushco lawyers and policy makers were nothing if not diabolical in that when they wrote the Patriot Act, they inserted language in strategic positions that can be used to either broaden or restrict interpretations of other already established laws... and even laws that haven't been written yet, which sounds kinda absurd, I know.

    The Patriot Act definitely took years to write and refine. Ironically enough, the years during which it was written just happened to be years before a situation arose to have need of it. It's virtually unlimited in reach, and so broad in scope I doubt if even the people who wrote it have a complete grasp of its conceptual power. It was intended for the future -- apparently -- a very controlled, dystopic future.

    It needs to be repealed.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:13:18 PM PDT

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