Which is kind of like asking the wolf to repair the hole in the chicken coop fence, but I appreciate his taking the stand none-the-less.
“They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, ‘big brother’-style government—toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book 1984—than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America,” Gore charged in a speech.
Gore, who lost the disputed 2000 presidential election to President Bush, brought many in the crowd of 3,000 to their feet Sunday when he called for a repeal of the Patriot Act, which expanded government’s surveillance and detention powers, allowing authorities to monitor the books citizens read and conduct secret searches.
He said terrorism-fighting tools granted after Sept. 11, 2001, amount to a partisan power grab that has led to the erosion of the civil liberties of all Americans.
The Senate minority leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, said Monday that while he’s not ready to support repealing the Patriot Act, he is skeptical of the way it’s been used by the White House and said there is “a lot of concern about the assault on civil liberties.”
The Bush administration, he said on the NBC’s Today program, “created this campaign to bolster their standing in the polls, to bolster their political support around the country. They used these devices, to a certain extent, to intimidate people, to recognize that perhaps using this as a vehicle was a way to enhance their own standing.”
Gore chided the administration for what he said was its “implicit assumption” that Americans must give up traditional freedoms in order to be safe from terrorists.
“In my opinion, it makes no more sense to launch an assault on our civil liberties as the best way to get at terrorists than it did to launch an invasion of Iraq as the best way to get at Osama bin Laden,” Gore said.
Or as Benjamin Franklin once said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”