Derisive diatribes about the state of the nation, nation states and swerving leftward
15 June 2005
The law-makers in Washington evidently haven't completely lost their hearing. In apparent response to public outcry, they voted 238-187 today to block the Justice Department and the FBI from using the Patriot Act to spy on people's library records and bookstore sales slips. (A number of libraries had been getting rid of patrons' records so they wouldn't be available if sought under the law.) Of course, if the people in Washington had any sense, they'd simply scrap the so-called Patriot Act altogether. We don't pay our government to spy on us.