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Posted: 4/19/2002 12:44:06 PM EDT
[url]http://www.newhouse.com/archive/story1a041002.html[/url] excerpt: The problem that law enforcement and intelligence agencies face is not insufficient information -- "they are choking on information," Dempsey said. The deficiency is in targeting and analysis. The Patriot Act was based on "the assumption if you pour more data into the system, then the picture would become clearer, and I think that's a false presumption," Dempsey said. The danger, said John Baker, a law professor at Louisiana State University, is applying the government's war powers to domestic activities. "We've never had such a mix-up between the president's wartime powers and law enforcement," Baker said. "The president has wide powers under war and national defense, but the national government does not have wide powers for law enforcement."
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