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Has the post-9/11 dragnet gone too far?  Looking at the Patriot Act’s efficacy.  “What the government doesn’t reveal is that the vast majority of the 260 charged and 515 deported were involved in relatively minor crimes or immigration infractions and had nothing to do with Al Qaeda or terrorism.  Indeed, many of the highest-profile terror suspects - including Zacarias Moussaoui, Richard Reid, and John Walker Lindh - were caught without any reliance on the new hard-nosed tactics.”

If we judge the above by the Republicans’ beloved cost/benefit, it would seem that dumping the Patriot Act and simply enforcing the laws already on the books would be our best, and most economical option.

09/13/03 • 01:39 PM • Human Rights • No Comments


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