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  • by pudge (1) on 2003.08.26 17:46 (#23519) Homepage Journal
    The "comforting" thing about the Patriot Act is that it overwhelmingly required judicial approval of the broader powers. Much of the Patriot Act really isn't that bad, as long as the courts can be trusted (and, if they can't, does it really matter WHAT the law says?). But forgoing judicial approval and oversight is bad juju.

    There is simply no case to be made for it, either. It's common to wake judges in the middle of the night for emergency warrants, and there's no reason that sort of thing shouldn't continue.