Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Patriot Act: For and Against, in One Answer!

The AP puts out their latest "Bush, Kerry: On the Issues" piece, asking, "Should the Patriot Act be changed to strengthen anti-terrorism protections, civil liberties or both? If so, how?"

It would seem from reading the Kerry answer, he would be mostly in favor of the Patriot Act, other than some tweaking of various provisions. Seems like a fairly reasonable answer right?

Lets hop in the wayback machine and take a look at Kerry thus far with regard to the Patriot Act.

When the Patriot Act was on the Senate Floor, Kerry had this to say about it (link here and search for page S11027 in the 2001 volume):

I am pleased at the compromise we have reached on the antiterrorism legislation, as a whole, which includes the sunset provision on the wiretapping and electronic surveillance component. It has been a source of considerable concern for people, and I think the sunset provision provides Congress a chance to come back and measure the record appropriately, and that is appropriate

Kerry also said:

Passage of this legislation is going to make it a lot more difficult for new terrorist organizations to develop.

Lets take a look at this as well.

But Kerry then had this to say.

So it is time to end the era of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time

Note: I am still searching for the link to the above quote

So lets get this straight people. Repeat after me: I was for the Patriot Act before I was against the Patriot Act, before I was mostly for the Patriot Act. Yet another bizarre episode of Kerry vs. Kerry.

[UPDATE] I have found references to the quote above. However if you try to link it here then you find that speech is no longer on Kerry's site. Go figure.

[UPDATE 2] Check out another great Kerry vs Kerry by McQ over at my favorite blog, QandO.