The following is from Source 6 in which the author creates a comparison of the US Patriot Act and the German Enabling Act. What do you think about the comparison?
I have very mixed feelings and thoughts about the USA PATRIOT ACT. In some ways, it actually puts some restrictions on law enforcement and intelligence that was needed, but in other ways it enables both. The main thing it does, as I understand it, is to give intelligence agencies some of the same tools that law enforcement already had - along with the same restrictions.
I have read some analyses of it, both pro and con. It has been some very interesting reading.
The biggest difference that I know of between the two documents is that the USA PATRIOT ACT actually has time limits on many of the most controversial portions. It is not enacted for the duration of the emergency, but for a specific number of years.
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House votes to limit Patriot Act rules on library records
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Wednesday to block the FBI and the Justice Department from using the anti-terror Patriot Act to search library and bookstore records, responding to complaints about potential invasion of privacy of innocent readers.
Despite a veto threat from President Bush, lawmakers voted 238-187 to block the part of the anti-terrorism law that allows the government to investigate the reading habits of terror suspects.
HOUSE EXTENDS ANTI-TERROR LAW
The House voted Thursday to extend permanently virtually all the major anti-terrorism provisions of the USA Patriot Act after beating back efforts by Democrats and some Republicans to impose new restrictions on the government's power to eavesdrop, conduct secret searches and demand library records.
TENTATIVE DEAL ON PATRIOT ACT TEETERS
A tentative agreement to renew the Patriot Act this week teetered late Wednesday without explicit support of the lead Senate negotiator, as Democrats complained that the draft wouldn't sufficiently curb the FBI's power to probe the most private aspects of people's lives.
EDITORIAL: PATRIOT ACT CONCERNS
Unless the Patriot Act is stripped of its most dangerous parts, made more accountable and given another expiration date, Congress should not renew it. Debates may rage forever as to whether the act has stopped terrorists from penetrating U.S. shores since 9/11, but Americans can't afford to give away precious freedoms for a conflict that likely never will end.
SENATE BLOCKS PATRIOT ACT
President Bush's war on terrorism suffered a double blow on Friday when the Senate blocked renewal of the Patriot Act and a key Republican said he would hold hearings on reports that the president authorized government officials to eavesdrop on Americans.
Well it seems that the USA does not mind having their freedoms put on hold for the sake of 'security'. I wonder if that really is the feeling of the general populace?
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|House votes in favor of renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act and it will now be sent to President Bush for his signature.|
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We break from Patriot Act to share wise words from the good old days:
Today is: 4th June (GMT), in history on the 4th of June, 1895 AD the following birth happened:
Dino Conte Grandi: Italy -- Delegate to league of nations (1925-32)