Patriot Act observations
This whole Patriot Act controversey was nothing but a lame attempt by liberals to attack the Bush administration and their favorite bogeyman, former attorney general John Ashcroft. As Fausta notes, the Patriot Act was voted into law by a 98-1 margin (the no vote was Wisconsin democrat Russ Feingold). A little bit of civics here. The Justice Department doesn’t create the law, the legislative branch (i.e. Congress) creates the law and the Justice Department interprets it. During the countless appearances in front of congressional democrats, Ashcroft should have told them “You morons gave me all this power, I have barely used it!!”
Not only were the laws already existing, the Act was even named after the Democrat’s choice of names.
And, BTW, Prof. Dinh did mention the Sopranos, and the Unabomber.