Just noting that among the English speaking peoples, in every land, a proper respect for liberty, process, and free speech has its failing moments.
The Patriot Act's actual Orwellian name (it's so easy to forget) is "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism"; the acronym is USA PATRIOT. The point of the whole name is to come up with that acronym, which actually means "any congressman who votes against this bill is against the USA and against patriotism and is a turd who should be wiped from the national butt in the 2002 mid-term elections." The secret code embedded therein may not be as obvious to people outside the USA as it was to us, here.
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