Saturday, July 23, 2005

Warning: Big Brother is watching you

If you haven’t read George Orwell’s 1984 or Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, you might want to pick up a copy. These two books paint a picture that is eerily similar to what is going on today.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to extend parts of the US Patriot Act that will expire at the end of this year. Critics of the bill said that it does not provide enough protection for civil liberties, but Republicans used the emotionally charged London bombings as justification for the bill’s passage.

While the bill is quite complicated, NPR gives a brief description and a “pro” and a “con” of each of the 16 controversial provisions.

Even though 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale are fiction, the US Patriot Act is anything but.