Scared mem­bers

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

It’s been eight months since Bob Barr, the for­mer out­spo­ken Ge­or­gia con­gress­man who helped orches­trate the im­peach­ment of Pres­i­dent Clin­ton, quit the Repub­li­can Party and be­came a “proud, card-car­ry­ing Lib­er­tar­ian.”

A lawyer in At­lanta, Mr. Barr in re­cent days slammed Pres­i­dent Bush on the is­sue of pri­vacy, which was a pri­mary rea­son for him leav­ing the Repub­li­can Party in the first place. The for­mer Repub­li­can is an­gry the pres­i­dent signed the new anti-ter­ror­ism law that amends the 1978 For­eign Intelligence Sur­veil­lance Act (FISA), which Mr. Barr con­tends vi­o­lates the pri­vacy rights of Amer­i­cans.

Mr. Barr ar­gues that the pres­i­dent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion “ex­ag­ger­ated the so-called threat [of ter­ror­ism] in or­der to play on the fears of mem­bers of Congress.”

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