Saturday, January 15, 2011

Congress quietly prepares to renew Patriot Act

Source: RawStory

As senator, Obama promised to support reforming the Patriot Act, but voted in favor of extending it in 2005 and 2008. Similarly, he signed last year's extension into law with little fanfare. FBI and Department of Justice officials had consistently argued that restricting their blanket authority to conduct warrantless searches would harm national security. Candidate Obama said in 2007 that if he were elected president there would be "no more National Security Letters [NSL's] to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime" because "that is not who we are, and it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists."

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Gun sales soar in wake of shooting

Source: The Australian

Gun shop owners in Arizona are reporting a rise in sales of the Glock 9mm, the model that killed six and wounded 14 in Tucson last weekend, and sales of firearms have increased across the country. Sales of the 33-round magazine allegedly used by Jared Lee Loughner have rocketed. The magazines were banned under the Clinton administration after a gunman used one on a train in Long Island, killing six people and wounding 19, but the restriction lapsed under president George W. Bush.

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