Thursday, November 20, 2003

I am concerned
The House and Senate have approved a measure, attached(in what Amendment?) to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, HR 2417 (a link to Thomas), under Subtitle E, Section 354, which changes the people who must, without warrant, respond to FBI requests for information, are the same companies as defined under Title 31, Subtitle IV, Chapter 53, Subchapter II (@ Cornell University), any corporation involved in a financial business, in businesses useful to criminals (casinons, pawn brokers, travel agencies, car dealers).(Josh: Why not Real Estate?) In other words, anyone who has to keep records of their transaction, by order of the Government, will now be forced to hand those papers over on request, no grand jury or judge required. (Josh: Do they at least have to log their requests with some central body?) Why I am concerned is that in this article (@ The New York Times), the best quote against it used is "'I'm concerned about this,' Mr. Durbin said in an interview. 'The idea of expanding the powers of government gives everyone pause except the Republican leadership.'" Is that really the most forceful argument the Democrats had, or was the NY Times just sketchy in their appraisal of happenings on the Hill?

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