The Patriot Act is your friend
Kim Zetter at Wired News interviews Viet Dinh, the Vietnamese-born author of the USA Patriot Act. Dinh has been called a "political pit bull" and "a foot soldier" for Attorney General John Ashcroft. But the 36-year-old creator of the hotly contested USAPA prefers to be called an "attendant of freedom."In May 2001, Viet Dinh, a law professor at Georgetown University, was tapped by the Justice Department to work for two years as an assistant attorney general, working primarily on judicial nominations for the department. But three months later the World Trade Center towers collapsed, and Dinh was drafted to work on the USA Patriot Act, a bill that would give the government some of its most controversial surveillance powers. The bill, coupled with the government's subsequent treatment of immigrants and native-born citizens, prompted critics to charge the administration with overthrowing "800 years of democratic tradition."