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Old 04-21-2004, 04:53 PM   #16
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And before someone posts the Common Dreams article which has drawn the conclusion that Reno is opposed to it here is a quote from her UNDER OATH.

[Q]"Everything that has been done in the Patriot Act has been helpful, I think, while at the same time maintaining the balance with respect civil liberties, with the exception of FISA searches," former US Attorney General Janet Reno told the 9/11 commission on April 13.[/Q]

So in general she supports it, but has concerns about the library searches.

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Old 04-21-2004, 04:56 PM   #17
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Originally posted by Dreadsox
Well Janet Reno thinks it is a good thing.

[Q]Reno: Patriot Act overwhelmingly positive

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno Tuesday told the Sept. 11 Commission the Patriot Act aids law enforcement without compromising civil liberties.

"Generally, everything that has been done in Patriot Act has been helpful, while maintaining the balance with respect to civil liberties," Reno, who was attorney general under President Bill Clinton, said.

Reno said the only section of the Patriot Act she would like to see considered further is the Patriot Act's expansion of the search authorities granted by secret courts connected with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. She said she would like to learn more about those expansions, which might pose a threat to civil liberties.

Reno said further improvements to U.S. law enforcement and domestic intelligence gathering will likely not come from further statutory changes, but from changes in the behavior of individual agents.

"Where we've got to go is making sure we use our experience to make the system work," Reno said.

A positive change will come from "people sitting down and starting to share information," she added.[/Q]
It seems like Bush is the only one that hasn't put some disclaimer on the Patriot Act. There are those on both sides that think generally it is a move in the right direction, but that there are potential worry areas.

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