The results of an in-depth probe of American attitudes about the war on terror and individual liberties post-September 11 revealed some bizarre anomalies. Thirty-three percent of people polled believe that the "war on terror" is strengthening their rights, 22 % says it is having no impact, and 19% believe it is eroding rights.
But when questioned about their support or key provisions of the Patriot Act that subvert those rights, an overwhelming number--between 70 and 80 percent--rejected the principles of these intrusions.
The pollsters suggest that the respondents are not aware that the provisions they loathe are part of The Patriot Act and are undermining their rights, a possibility attributable to the media's dearth of attention to the law until recently.
They obviously have not been following Civil Liberties Watch.