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    In November of 2012, TJ posted this about the Patriot Act:

    https://www.democratichub.com/posts/7943/patriot-act

    He is absolutely right. There IS cause to be concerned about our privacy.

    The Act, which is still in force today, is incredibly complex. In its simples terms, it designates 10 separate areas of control. It has been modified slightly over the years, and has been authorized several times.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act

    The Patriot Act was enacted in direct response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, as well as the 2001 anthrax attacks, with the stated goal of dramatically strengthening national security. On October 23, 2001, U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced House bill H.R. 3162, which incorporated provisions from a previously-sponsored House bill, and a Senate bill introduced earlier in the month. The next day, October 24, the Act passed the House by a vote of 357–66,[4] with Democrats comprising the overwhelming majority of "no"-votes. The three Republicans voting "no" were Robert Ney of Ohio, Butch Otter of Idaho, and Ron Paul of Texas. On October 25, the Act passed the Senate with a vote of 98–1. Russ Feingold (D-WI) voted "no".

    Due to the fact the Act was passed one day after it was introduced, many members of the legislature did not have time to read it. That fact was very troubling to Michael Moore, who incorporated that fact into his movie , "Fahrenheit 9/11".

    Public officials are required to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Lately, there have been a lot of the latter

    One minor example occurred just the other day.

    Yesterday, a man apparently drove a car into a barricade near the White House, injuring two Capitol Police officers before hitting the barrier. He got out of the car with a knife, and police officers shot him when he did not respond to their commands. He died. So did one of the Capitol Police officers, an 18-year veteran of the force, Officer William “Billy” Evans. The assailant has been identified as 25-year-old Noah Green of Indiana, and he appears to have feared that the CIA and the FBI were targeting him with mind control.

    Not everyone who stormed the capitol is as crazy as Noah Greene, but when individuals get caught up in a mob, rational thought goes out the window.

    Fortunately, our law enforcement agencies have become very efficient at identifying threats.

    Yesterday, the Washington Post published an article on how a married couple got caught.

    Their case is among the more than 1,000 pages of arrest records, FBI affidavits and search warrants reviewed by The Washington Post detailing one of the biggest criminal investigations in American history. More than 300 suspects have been charged in the melee that shook the nation’s capital and left five people dead.

    The federal documents provide a rare view of the ways investigators exploit the digital fingerprints nearly everyone leaves behind in an era of pervasive surveillance and constant online connection. They illustrate the power law enforcement now has to hunt down suspects by studying the contours of faces, the movements of vehicles and even conversations with friends and spouses.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/04/02/capitol-siege-arrests-technology-fbi-privacy/

    The 300 people arrested so far theoretically could claim that their privacy has been invaded, but law enforcement, and the general public, are not going to be sympathetic, since the symbol of our democracy was attacked.

    To quote an old phrase, "it you don't want to do time, don't commit the crime".

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    No one looks at the "why" ; start at "a" and end at "z". The cause is the "system" and "education" here, let alone an system which does not help the "weak" and "mental" part of the country. Mentally sick people here have nowhere to go or there are not enough institutions to help these people. Lately I see more and more of these people on street corners begging for "money'. However "money" does not help them. In Europe at least they do something about that. Also the education at schools do very little about "mental" health. Sorry to say it is an"lost" country, which only cares about "money". Everything has an"price". The weak and easy manipulated people are neglected and only the "crooks" rise to the top. It is time the education curriculum contains "mental" training" and teaches survival in this brutal world. A lot of the cause is that this "island" stays isolated from the rest of the world in their thinking and arrogance promoted by their leaders and the media.

    Seldom the leaders here accept something from the "outside" which works, but continue stubbornly in their own "island" ways just like the Brits do. It is obvious that the biggest portion of people here never had any worldwide experience, let alone have been working outside this country, so they have no idea how the rest of the world are doing things.

    Since WWII this country has only become more stubborn in their ways, especially in "governing" due to adhering to the British way of life. An "two" party system is bound to fail, especially if "winning" via lots of money and "bullying" is the only goal; certainly not any priority in the well being of the "people" who elected them.