Sunday, September 21, 2003

TARGET OF THE PATRIOT ACT: Attorney-general Ashcroft is making fun of the deserved criticsm of the Patriot Act:

"The charges of the hysterics are revealed for what they are: castles in the air," he scoffed. "Built on misrepresentation. Supported by unfounded fear. Held aloft by hysteria." And he continued: "Allow me to take a moment to clarify who should, and who should not, be worried about these tools in the hands of law enforcement. If you are spending a lot of time surveilling nuclear power plants with your al Qaeda pals, you might be a target of the Patriot Act. If your idea of a vacation is two weeks in a terrorist training camp, you might be a target of the Patriot Act. If you have cave-side dinners with a certain terrorist thug named bin Laden . . . if you enjoy swapping recipes for chemical weapons from your 'Joy of Jihad' cookbook . . . you might be a target of the Patriot Act."
If you're a journalist, the journalist's roomate, a taxi driver, a student or a newspaper salesman.... you might be a target of the Patriot Act. If you're a dissident....you might be a target of the Patriot Act.

Somehow that part of the speech was left out.

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