Thursday, March 02, 2006

89-10 SENATE PASSES "REVISED" PATRIOT ACT

Here's my opinion of the majority of the Democrats in the Senate: BUNCH OF WEAK-KNEED, CANDY-ASSED PUSSIES!!!

Only nine of Sen. Russ Feingold's colleages voted with him, and one Democrat was to much of a chicken-shit to raise his head out of the sand and vote at all.

The ten voting against the "Revised" Patriot Act: Jim Jeffords, I-VT, Russ Feingold, D-WI, Robert Byrd, D-WV, Daniel Akaka, D-HI, Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, Tom Harkin, D-IA, Patrick Leahy, D-VT, Carl Levin, D-MI, Patty Murray, D-WA, and Ron Wyden, D-OR.

And the lone chicken-shit Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-HI.

From the Associated Press via Yahoo News, and from the New York Times:

Senate Approves Renewal of Antiterrorism Bill

WASHINGTON, March 2 — The Senate voted overwhelmingly today to extend the Patriot Act, clearing the way for the House to follow suit and send the anti-terrorism bill to President Bush before it expires on March 10.

The 89-to-10 vote was somewhat anticlimactic, since senators who back the bill had defeated a series of parliamentary delaying moves on Wednesday, but it was still good news for President Bush, who regards the measure as the legislative keystone of his anti-terrorism policies.

Indeed, President Bush issued a statement half a world away, in New Delhi, before the Senate voted but when it was obvious that the bill's detractors had run out of tactics.

"I applaud the Senate for voting to renew the Patriot Act and overcoming the partisan attempts to block its passage," the president said. "The terrorists have not lost the will or the ability to attack us. The Patriot Act is vital to the war on terror and defending our citizens against a ruthless enemy.

"This bill will allow our law enforcement officials to continue to use the same tools against terrorists that are already used against drug dealers and other criminals, while safeguarding the civil liberties of the American people."

But reaction to today's vote signaled that the Patriot Act will continue to be debated in the United States long after Congress has approved it. The senators opposing the bill, all Democrats except for the independent James Jeffords of Vermont, argued that the civil rights protections written into the measure were too modest.

"Americans want to defeat terrorism and they want the basic character of this country to survive and prosper," said Senator Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin, who was the only senator to vote against the original bill when it was passed shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "They want both security and liberty, and unless we give them both — and we can if we try — we have failed."

The bill, which extends 16 provisions of the USA Patriot Act (14 permanently and two through 2009), now goes to the House, which will act on it next week. That chamber has already approved the general measure, but it must vote again to accommodate the late changes put in by the Senate.

Since a majority of House members support the Patriot Act — and since the House procedures do not include a filibuster, under which a minority of lawmakers can stall legislation — passage in the House is certain, barring an extraordinary shift in sentiment in the days just ahead.

Until this afternoon, the Patriot Act had been stalled in the Senate in a protracted debate over the right balance between national security and personal liberties. Enough changes were inserted in the measure to overcome the objections of all but the most vehement of the bill's opponents, setting the stage for today's vote. The changes included clarification of the rights of people served with subpoena-like "national security letters" and more curbs on investigators seeking library records.

The bill was argued bitterly in the Senate over two months. The debate produced seldom-seen political alliances as a handful of Republicans joined Democrats in declaring that the measure tilted too far toward government power. Senators Larry Craig, a conservative Republican from Idaho, and the liberal Mr. Feingold were on the same side for a while.

Some senators who voted for the bill today apparently did with at least a trace of reluctance. "Our support for the Patriot Act does not mean a blank check for the president," said Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader. "What we tried to do on a bipartisan basis is have a better bill. It has been improved."


.....and here are the supposed protections added....like anyone inthe Bush administration will follow these.

It would:

• Give recipients of court-approved subpoenas for information in terrorist investigations the right to challenge a requirement that they refrain from telling anyone.

• Eliminate a requirement that an individual provide the FBI with the name of a lawyer consulted about a National Security Letter, which is a demand for records issued by investigators.

• Clarify that most libraries are not subject to demands in those letters for information about suspected terrorists.


I'm sure we all know that Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the neocons will either ignore these or will find a way to skirt around them.

4 comments:

Granny said...

My Senators are going to hear from me. Boxer was opposed to the whole thing and Feinstein was against large sections of it.

Usually Barbara is fearless. I don't understand why she didn't take a stand on principle.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Granny (Ann),
Rip 'em a new one with that letter, Kohl is gonna hear from me!

I think everyone should be writing to their Senators about this...whether their Senators are Dems or Repubs. This fascist bullshit has to stop.

Almost all of the Dems have turned into a bunch of pansies....they are useless.

karena said...

The dems have turned into a bunch of pussies, and I have no use for any dem that signed this, or the bankruptcy bill. Hillary Clinton better think twice about her chances at getting support from progressives. I am really fed up with this gaggle of Bush fans. They are so afraid that they will be blamed if we have a terrorist attack and they did not sign, so once again they rolled over for the Prez and supported his civil rights erosion bill.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Karena,
I think we've been shown exactly which Dems we can trust and which ones we can't....Reid, Kerry, and Obamma included.