By: Harry Waisbren
Josh Gerstein from The Politico relays the transcript of Attorney General Eric Holder discussing the Patriot Act.
Jon flagged a key excerpt on the GFR-Discussion group:
I think that the provisions that are being considered for reauthorizations right now provide us with a lot of useful tools that we have used not only in this matter but in others to protect our nations. I think there’s certainly a conversation that can be had about do they need to be re-examined, do they need to be modified in some way to be more sensitive to civil liberties concerns. But I can say that the tools as they exist are valuable ones and not in a theoretical sense, valuable in the sense that we have used them.
Holder’s statement here is part and parcel of what Marcy Wheeler has dubbed the Zazi justification for Patriot. I.E. that these “tools” have been used and have been “valuable”, so that must mean that we have to give up liberty in the name of security indefinitely.
With Holder’s suggestion, perhaps it is time for us, once again, to try to directly engage them precisely for that kind of discussion?