Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 | Re: Lam’s resignation and exposing the Patriot Act.

I have been a reluctant supporter of the Patriot Act. Considering the situations that we now face, I believed our country’s law enforcement needed more leeway in investigating potential dangers to the public.

I am deeply troubled and disappointed with the forced resignation of our U.S. Attorney Carol Lam. In reading about her resignation I find that the Patriot Act has a little-noted provision. Previously the President could appoint a U.S. Attorney for 120 days and thereafter would need Senate confirmation. Now, under the Patriot Act, there is no requirement for Senate confirmation

Why? How does eliminating this check and balance procedure of the U.S. Senate make us safer? This is just an executive power grab, and it is scary.

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