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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:34 AM
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Senators Durbin and Feingold on Obama's PATRIOT Act reforms

Statement of U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Russ Feingold on the Administration's Willingness to Consider PATRIOT Act Reforms

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Washington, D.C. The Department of Justice has responded to a letter from U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), in which the Senators asked the Attorney General to consider bipartisan reforms to the USA PATRIOT Act that they have proposed, and which were supported by President Obama when he was in the Senate. In its response, the Department of Justice indicated willingness to consider reforms to the USA PATRIOT Act. Senators Feingold and Durbin, who plan to introduce legislation soon, released the following statement after receiving the response:

We welcome the administrations willingness to consider additional safeguards for surveillance powers that have been vastly expanded in recent years. Congress should revise the USA PATRIOT Act and related authorities to better protect the constitutional rights of American citizens, while preserving the powers of our government to fight terrorism. After the Inspector General reports documenting rampant misuse of National Security Letters, there can no longer be any doubt that granting overbroad authority leads to abuses. We must take this opportunity to get it right, once and for all. And we must be able to have a meaningful public debate so that the American people and their representatives in Congress can understand how these authorities have actually been used and make informed decisions about how they should be used in the future.

The Durbin-Feingold letter, originally sent on August 6th, is available here. More information on the fixes Feingold and Durbin are seeking is available here.





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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:55 AM
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1. I hope Obama makes a big deal out of pulling back from the more onerous aspects of PatriotAct.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 09:55 AM by blm
That will also really show the teabaggers as the hypocrites and fools they are, since they didn't bother to protest Bush for encroaching on their rights and even going much FURTHER in trampling their rights than the Patriot Act allowed.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:58 AM
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2. I remember when I passionately hated that thing
And Michael Moore reading it over a loudspeaker from a van circling in DC was something. Doesn't it have a zillion pages?

So I need more detail on this. Is there a proposal for amending it?

The Justice Department "supporting" it sounds just like those Bush era lawsuits being continued, and bureaucratic inertia - the government takes the pro law enforcement side in litigation while the person the law was used agaisnt is the one to challenge it as unconstitutional.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:39 AM
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6. I remember when EVERY DUer hated that fucking thing & a thread like this would have a 100+ recs.
But these days it's all good when Obama does it. :puke:
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:12 AM
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3. I'm sure this little tool has rendered many of our elected officials compliant.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 10:16 AM by midnight
"Congress needs to fix our surveillance laws once and for all, from addressing the abuse of the National Security Letter authority that was identified by the Justice Department Inspector General to making sure that sneak and peek search warrants cant unjustly be used to allow secret searches of Americans homes.

Sibel Edmonds testomony this summer exposes how spying was used on elected officials, and I have no doubt that is why it was written into the GOP "Patriot Act".
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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:23 AM
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4. Good because there's nothing patriotic about this law
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:28 AM
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5. In that case, scrap the whole POS and go back to the existing rule of law.
Everything we needed was in place prior to 9/11. Angry Uncle Dick just didn't like having to deal with all those pesky, questioning judges when targeting his legion of political opponents and future assets.

The Unpatriot Act was simply a way to legitimize the spying apparatus and illegal/Unconstitutional actions Cheney demanded immediately upon his installment in the WH.
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