, C|net's Chief political correspondent, has covered politics since the late 1990s for a variety of publications. He is a strong libertarian
, privacy advocate, and long time Slashdot reader who is not happy about how the NSA and other government bodies are sticking their noses into our personal business. He and I originally talked about doing an interview based on a story he wrote for C|net on July 12 titled How the U.S. forces Net firms to cooperate on surveillance
. Scheduling problems put the interview off for a bit, but here we are. Note that Declan has written millions of pixels worth of material
about privacy, NSA spying, and related matters. With new revelations about unsavory government activities coming to light seemingly every day the interview delay is no big deal. And this question still remains: Can we repeal the Patriot Act
? New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt wants to
. What about your
representatives? Are they willing to join Rep. Holt? Do you think they might if a bunch of people -- perhaps starting with you -- asked them to?