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July 09, 2004

Reed Davis and the Patriot Act

Reed Davis has ripped George Nethercutt for defending the “sneak and peek” provision of the Patriot Act. Good for Davis.

Nethercutt, the congressman from Spokane, is the favorite for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Like most Republicans, he a loyalist for the Bush Administration. Davis, his opponent, has been running as a conservative. Most Republicans have been swallowed up in the Bush administration’s “war on terror” and all of its baubles and bayonets, and have forgotten the conservatives’ fondness for limited government. To be sure, Davis supported the war, but he has taken out a critical position on the Patriot Act, which for a Republican takes some guts.

Davis says: “Every time I’m told that the Patriot Act will not be used to threaten civil liberties, I just close my eyes and see nine hundred FBI files sitting on someone’s desk at the Clinton White House. Government power inevitably overreaches.”

That it does-under Clinton and some other presidents one can think of.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at July 9, 2004 01:00 PM



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