Surprise Surprise

by Shannen W. Coffin

To the shock and dismay of the ACLU, Americans generally let out a big yawn at the supposed daunting threat of the USA PATRIOT Act. An ABC-Washington Post poll shows that a near filibuster proof majority of Americans (59%) favor extending the PATRIOT Act, which grants expanded investigational authority to the FBI in terrorism investigations. Though certain proposed changes were met with less enthusiasm, the poll demonstrates that most Americans get it when it comes to using every tool at our disposal to combat terrorism on American soil.