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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Patriot Act Reauthorization

Rep. John Conyers posted a little blurb on his site about the Reauthorization of the Patriot Act. It looks like it will be passed without any improvements to the bill that would actually make us safer.

Anyway, I briefly looked through the comment section and one of them was quite interesting. I never thought of it this way, but the Democrats could actually be more treacherous to minorities than the Republicans. Hmm!!!

Congressman Conyers

Could this be the real reason that we are in trouble?==================================

The number of Americans in prison for drug offenses has multiplied by 10 since 1980, from 41,000 to 458,000. The 458,000 men and women now in U.S. prisons on drug charges are 100,000 more than all prisoners in the European Union, whose population is 100 million more than ours. The annual cost of incarcerating them is $9 billion.The great irony of the growth in imprisoned drug users--much of it occurring under Democratic administrations, is that it probably cost the Democrats the Presidency and the Congress.

Locking people away for behavior which is not criminal costs much more than money. It costs Freedom. And not just thiers. The 130th anniversary of the first drug prohibition law is coming around on November 15. After six generations drugs are as prevelant as they could possibly be. What have we learned from this, and what have we earned?

Thank you.

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