Wes Clark on the Patriot Act

October 11, 2003

Wesley Clark on the PATRIOT Act (from The Rolling Stone Interview)

Q: The president is urging Congress to grant him wider powers to wage war on terrorism at home.

A: Come on, give us a break. The Patriot Act, all 1,200 pages of it, was passed without any serious congressional discussion. There was no public accountability, and now he wants more? What does he think this country is? We shouldn’t do anything with the Patriot Act until it’s unwrapped. I’d like to see what violations of privacy it entails, and whether those violations are in any way justified by their preventing terrorism in this country. And we need to do it now before we take another step forward and pay for that.

Courtesy of Patriot Watch and TalkLeft

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