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Privacy and Patent Reform on the Congress agenda…amazing

Posted by direwolff on December 13, 2006

This is all good news, though until we see the outcome it may too early to start celebrating. It does appear that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is ready to take on these two massive issues, at least according this CNET article referencing the senator’s recent speech at Georgetown University. Not a moment too soon for reforms in these areas, but given the number of significant special interests that could affected here, we will need to wait and see how radical the reforms will be before beginning to sing their praises. But he’s certainly hitting on some of the right chords:

In a speech titled “Ensuring Liberty and Security through Checks and Balances,” many of Leahy’s remarks assailed what he deemed an “impulse to unilateralism” by the Bush administration.

“It has acted outside lawful authority to wiretap Americans without warrants, and to create databanks and dossiers on law-abiding Americans without following the law and without first seeking legal authorization,” Leahy said in prepared remarks.

However, like any change in this area, it’s a step in the right direction that the Senator in charged with the public trust to address these issues is willing to take on this difficult task.

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