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You can be arrested for secret reasons -- in America

Cop:You're under arrest!

Victim: What for?

Cop: Its a secret. I can't tell you.

This is America?

That is the Patriot Act, parts of which were about to expire but were just renewed for 4 years with almost no debate. For links on this, start here and here and here

Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore) and Morris Udall (D-Col) have been highly critical of the extended parts which they believe have been interpreted by the security folks in a way that conflicts and extends the generally understood interpretation of the law.

Wyden had put a hold on the bill but then removed it on the promise of hearings that would allow him to pursue his doubts on the law (while not jeopardizing U S security).

This is the same law that has been interpreted to allow the Justice Department to seize internet service providers and close them without a public process or explanation, ostensibly for violating copyright - hardly a security priority.

Rand Paul has also picked this legislation for criticism, but mainly on libertarian grounds with which many people disagree. Others are critical on civil rights and due process grounds.

All opposition on this one is welcome. It is an outrage.


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