Now that he’s in power, he’s a lot more amenable to keeping all the powers that George W. Bush accumulated. Today the Justice Department revealed that the administration will seek to extend Patriot Act provisions for roving wiretaps, monitoring “lone wolf terrorists,” and snooping on your business and library records. That a Democratic administration is doing this should not come as a surprise, of course, since the original Patriot Act was cobbled together from a leftover wish-list of powers that the Clinton Justice Department wanted. The national-security state is nothing if not bipartisan.
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