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What’s in a name?

I note that the US Senate has voted to extend the surveillance powers given to the government by the USA Patriot Act, but it is at odds with the House of Representatives over the length of the extension, so it has limited it to 90 days. As an outside observer, I find the name of the statute disturbing. It’s more than a little jingoistic and smacks somehow of the McCarthy Era, yet it’s actually an acronym, the name of the legislation being, Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act 2001. Someone must have sat up all night dreaming that one up.

Suggestions for Scottish or UK legislation along similar lines? How about a statute to improve public access to woodland?  Name of, Forestry And Recreational Territory Act, 2011? Over to you.

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