Reply to post: Re: 702 of FISA

US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

fidodogbreath Silver badge

Re: 702 of FISA

9/11 was 17 years ago. It's time the hysteria it engendered is put to rest

It's vital to understand that the current surveillance regime was not a response to 9/11 hysteria. The USA PATRIOT Act was already written, and had been for some time.

The PATRIOT Act would have happened one way or another. Because it is fundamentally anti-democratic, it could not have passed in the normal course of legislative business. It required a crisis so that it could be enacted without examination or debate, and skeptics could be shouted down as unpatriotic.

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