U.S. Congress wants to make some changes to the provisions of the Patriot Act, and the resistance they're getting fascinates me.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told Congress in April that the government has never used the provision to obtain library, bookstore, medical or gun sale records.
But when asked whether the administration would agree to exclude library and medical records from the law, Gonzales demurred. "It should not be held against us that we have exercised restraint," he said.
If Gonzales et al really think that it's a matter of holding something against them, then it's doubtful that they really understand the issue at all.