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August 22, 2013

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner: Obama has abused the Patriot Act

On Aug. 9, the Obama administration released a previously secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that it used to justify the bulk collection of every American’s phone records. The strained reasoning in the 22-page memo won’t survive long in public light, which is itself one of the strongest arguments for transparency in government. As the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

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