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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Tuesday June 08, 2004
04:15 PM

Patriot act's got nothing on this

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Who said, "These proliferating bureaus with their thousands of regulations have cost us many of our constitutional safeguards. How many of us realize that today federal agents can invade a man's property without a warrant? They can impose a fine without a formal hearing, let alone a trial by jury, and they can seize and sell his property in auction to enforce the payment of that fine"? And when?

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  • Reagan said it - or something similar - during his transition from liberalness to conservatism, so, early '60s? The '62 congressional or '64 presidential campaign, perhaps?

    • Yepl 1964. runrig's provided a link, though I read it elsewhere. I was struck by how when looking at that paragraph in isolation it sounded just like complaints about the patriot act.

      And then, a little later, I was struck by the fact that fears then were (somewhat) unfounded (though arguably because the climate changed), and hopefully fears today are unfounded.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
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