Federal prosecutors are using the Patriot Act to detain wrongdoers, not conduct fishing expeditions. The law is working as it was supposed to by making life more difficult for terrorists?and for terrorists alone. Even the American Civil Liberties Union has had to admit that there hasn?t been a single proven abuse of the Patriot Act.
Because of the Patriot Act, the government has the same power to wiretap and track terrorists that it has long used against drug dealers and mobsters. However, as President Bush noted in the State of the Union, key sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. We should continue to monitor the Patriot Act closely to ensure that it treads on no American?s civil rights. But as long as it isn?t, we should renew it.
There?s an adage that says, ?Thank God we don?t get all the government we pay for.? We?d certainly be better off if lawmakers slashed government spending this year.
But when it comes to homeland defense, we are getting what we pay for. Our men and women in uniform, with strong leadership from the White House, are keeping us safe. And that?s the best investment we can make.