Monthly Archives: September 2011

Part of Patriot Act ruled unconstitutional – US news – Security – msnbc.com

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended by the Patriot Act, “now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment.”

via Part of Patriot Act ruled unconstitutional – US news – Security – msnbc.com.

Americans Express Historic Negativity Toward U.S. Government

82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third 30% believed this.

via Americans Express Historic Negativity Toward U.S. Government.