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February 28, 2010

OBAMA PERFORMS TRIPLE AXEL ON PATRIOT ACT

Demonstrating his high skill at rotating three and a half times on key issues, Barack Obama has signed an extension on the Patriot Act. Here, in his own words, is where he was on the issue in 2005:

"This is legislation that puts our own Justice Department above the law.. .When National Security Letters are issued, they allow federal agents to conduct any search on any American, no matter how extensive or wide-ranging, without ever going before a judge to prove that the search is necessary. They simply need sign-off from a local FBI official. That's all."

"And if someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go on a fishing expedition through every personal record or private document - through library books they’ve read and phone calls they've made – this legislation gives people no rights to appeal the need for such a search in a court of law.

"No judge will hear their plea, no jury will hear their case. This is just plain wrong."


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