The administration too often has told congressional and other critics to just trust it, that of course it values civil liberties. But hours before the Senate vote, the New York Times reported that Bush had secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and foreigners — without getting a warrant.
So much for "trust us."
[Larry] Craig, [Russ] Feingold and the other senators who stopped the Patriot Act reauthorization want to defeat terrorists just as much as Bush does. But they also understand there is no victory if we radically redefine freedom as something we treasure only when it is convenient. Theirs is a profound patriotism. It should be applauded.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
GREAT SUNDAY READ
Robert Leger, the editorial-page editor at the News-Leader, has the best read in Sunday's paper. His column about the patriots who voted down the continuation of much of the Patriot Act is solid; check these grafs:
Those who care nothing about the liberties of Americans will find fault with Leger. Everyone else should applaud.