The Corner

William Saletan

has been on an anti-Bush tear lately. His latest piece suggests that Kerry, Edwards, and Gephardt “supported the Patriot Act after 9/11 when Bush urged them to trust law enforcement. Then the Justice Department took liberties with its new powers, and they decided they’d been conned.” What liberties were these? Kerry, Edwards, and Gephardt haven’t come up with an example of a new power given to the department by Patriot that has been abused. Neither has Saletan.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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