As Obama observed, we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states either:
Montana lawmakers overwhelmingly passed what its sponsor called the nation’s most strongly worded criticism of the federal Patriot Act on Friday, uniting politicians of all stripes. The resolution, which already galloped through the Senate and passed the House 88-12 Friday, must survive a final vote before it officially passes. . .The resolution, which does not carry the weight of a law but expresses the Legislature’s opinion, encourages Montana law enforcement agencies not to participate in investigations authorized under the Patriot Act that violate Montanans’ constitutional rights. It requests all libraries in the state to post a sign warning citizens that under the Patriot Act, federal agents may force librarians to turn over a record of books a person has checked out and never inform that citizen of the request. The resolution asks Montana’s attorney general to review any state intelligence information and destroy it if is not tied directly to suspected criminals. It also asks the attorney general to find out how many Montanans have been arrested under the Patriot Act and how many people have been subject to so-called “sneak and peaks,” or government searches of a person’s property without the person’s knowledge. . .
“Why’s Bush actin’ like he tryin’ to get Osama. Why don’t we impeach him and elect Obama.” — Common, from the remix to Jadakiss’s “Why” (2004)
(the above does not constitute an endorsement of electoral politics on my behalf.)