Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Terror in the Stacks 

Deroy Murdock, over at the National Review (Hat Tip: WMD), points out some interesting not-so-new developments in the ongoing debate over the Patriot Act, reaching a conclusion I announced several weeks ago: Critics need to put up, or shut up.
At least seven of the 19 9/11 hijackers used government libraries in the run-up to their mass killings in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. This fact should quiet critics of the Patriot Act who demonize it as a magnifying glass through which federal snoops read over the shoulders of law-abiding Americans. Instead, the Patriot Act should be reauthorized, and federal agents, with court permission, should feel anything but bashful about conducting counterterrorism investigations at U.S. libraries.

I couldn't agree more. Given the fact that most of the provisions in the Patriot Act are already legal for use against US citizens under criminal investigation, I am not sure what, or who, opposition supporters are defending.

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