July 9, 2013
A Patriot Act History Lesson: How Warnings Were Mocked in the Senate

During the winter of 2006, the U.S. Senate was debating the re-authorization of the Patriot Act. The legislation would ultimately pass by a wide margin, and George W. Bush signed it into law. But before that could happen, civil libertarians, led by then-Senator Russ Feingold, tried to amend the 2001 law. They warned that its overly broad language would permit government to pry into the privacy of innocent Americans and warned about the likelihood of executive branch “fishing expeditions.”
Dismissive Senate colleagues scoffed at their concerns.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

A Patriot Act History Lesson: How Warnings Were Mocked in the Senate

During the winter of 2006, the U.S. Senate was debating the re-authorization of the Patriot Act. The legislation would ultimately pass by a wide margin, and George W. Bush signed it into law. But before that could happen, civil libertarians, led by then-Senator Russ Feingold, tried to amend the 2001 law. They warned that its overly broad language would permit government to pry into the privacy of innocent Americans and warned about the likelihood of executive branch “fishing expeditions.”

Dismissive Senate colleagues scoffed at their concerns.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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  13. youbetyourlife said: I miss Russ :(
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    Feingold is probably the only politician that I have ever truly admired.
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    Miss you, Russ.
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