Bush's Claims About Patriot Act Are Hot Air


"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four; calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." -- Abraham Lincoln President Bush should have reviewed these words from the 16th president before venturing out on a recent "charm offensive" in support of the USA Patriot Act. Speaking to hand-selected audiences, Bush asserted that the sweeping powers granted in the act should be renewed, and even expanded, because the new authority "resulted in charges against more than 400 suspects, and more than half of those have been convicted." Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. Records kept by the Department of Justice reveal the falseness of Bush's claims. The DOJ database reveals fewer than 40 individuals -- not the more than 200 convictions Bush claimed -- have been convicted of crimes related to terrorism or threats to our national security. Most of the people on the Bush administration "terrorist" conviction list were convicted of minor criminal offenses -- such as making a false statement to investigators -- or of civil immigration charges. (MORE)

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