Extending/Expanding the Patriot Act

We are at war. We are a land of liberty. We have a federal government whose appetite for meddling seems to be growing.
Two recent news articles have raised questions about the extension of the Patriot Act:
Patriot Act Push Angers Some on Right: A Senate panel vote riles conservatives concerned about the reach of federal power
Conservatives, liberals align against Patriot Act
These articles relate to an earlier posting entitled FBI Asks Congress For Power to Seize Documents.
There are people who have the expertise necessary to judge the merits of the arguments on these issues. I am not one of them.
What I do know is that a public debate about these issues is more than appropriate.

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