It’s nice to know, in this chaotic world, that Santa can leave a little cheer for everyone this season, including John Ashcroft and the FBI.
While we were all preoccupied with Saddam Hussein’s capture and dealing with the inlaws for Christmas, President Bush secretly signed into law the Patriot II Act. This new act allows the FBI to get financial information on anybody, even those not suspected of a crime, without a cort order or subpoena and without showing probable clause. It also removes Congressional oversight from the FBI’s use of the powers granted in the original PATRIOT Act.
Happy new year, everyone!