Today’s Bomb Plots and the Patriot Act by Gregory Hilton

The major news today is about two failed bomb attempts from Yemen. This calls to mind the short-sighted outlook of liberals and libertarians. They want to cut the Pentagon budget by $1 trillion over a decade, they want to abolish the Department of Homeland Security, and they want to repeal the legislation which has already
captured many potential terrorists (the USA Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act).
For almost a decade we have been successful in stopping acts of terrorism before they are launched. We have accomplished this through effective intelligence collection, information-sharing and counter-terrorism operations. They are the best tools we have, and they were made possible by the Patriot Act. Unfortunately, Congress has given the Patriot Act only a short-term, one-year extension. Please remember that on Tuesday. We don’t need Senators Russ Feingold (WI), Harry Reid (NV), Barbara Boxer (CA) and Patty Murray (WA). We do need the USA Patriot Act.
In 2009 alone, U.S. authorities foiled at least six terrorist plots against the United States. Since September 11, 2001, at least 30 planned terrorist attacks have been foiled, all but two of them prevented by law enforcement. The Patriot Act does not impact a domestic organization such as Greenpeace, even if they break the law. The only people who have to fear the Patriot Act are foreign terrorists. The Patriot Act has been law for nine years and innocent Americans are not suffering because of it. If that was the case we would not have been able to renew it three times already. The Patriot Act saves lives, protects all Americans, and it should be renewed.

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