Today President Bush verified rumors when he announced his sale of the Patriot Act to Google. The rumors began when astute buyers on Amazon noticed "H.R 3162" for sale on the President's online store. President Bush explained today that he had been planning on selling a novel in the near future, and wanted to test the ease of the process when he "accidentally clicked submit" placing the Patriot Act in the marketplace for $7.98 and 13 seconds. He said also in his press conference that he was soon contacted by a number of organizations, including Google and Facebook, expressing an actual interest in purchasing the act.
Google cofounder Larry Page commented on the purchase, "President Bush had a good startup and offered a great service, but he just couldn't get enough investors to get the Patriot Act running smoothly. We hope to integrate it into our current services soon."
It is unclear, however, why the President decided to sell the act. Several political analysts speculated that President Bush might use the money from the sale as an alternative to accepting a military spending bill with a timeline for withdrawal from Congress.
Also uncertain is what exactly Google has in store for the Patriot Act. Many old school Googlers are calling for the company to live up to slogan of "do no evil" and destroy the act, however many more believe that Google will use it to evolve social networking. Several popular blogs have already theorized how Google will utilize the act. Their opinions describe a range of functions from the ability to subscribe to a friend's library records to receiving a spouses' roving wiretaps as podcasts.
A source at Google elatedly described some unofficial plans, "Imagine the Patriot Act integrated with, say, YouTube. Picture going to the grocery store to pick up stuff for dinner and coming back to find that a video of your trip has been viewed by all of your subscribers, and that a few of your viewers notice that you're not eating healthy so they link you to photographs of your nutritionist's pantry." They say that's just the beginning.
Although the networking benefits of the sale are apparent to the excited Internet community, a few skeptics wonder if this will be a canary in a coal mine for future sales of legislation. Some fear that the transaction will open up the door for corporations to buy laws from the government, and some activists are poised to set up watchdog organizations if this practice becomes the norm.