That Patriot Act Tyranny? Never Mind.
Wired commits journalism, actually looks into that Fed kidnapping story making the wingnut rounds, and finds — nothing:
The claim that the boy is a victim of USA PATRIOT, though, appears to have been cut from whole cloth. While there’s plenty to criticize in that post-9/11 law, it doesn’t contain any provision that abrogates a defendant’s right to a trial. It’s also not responsible for making it illegal to phone in a bomb threat. That’s been a federal crime since 1939.
The boy’s mother, Annette Lundeby, has even acknowledged in interviews that her son has been formally charged, has a court-appointed attorney, and has already made appearances in front of a judge.
So, where did the claim of Patriot Act abuse originate? Mom made it up.
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