Thursday, March 02, 2006

Somthing wicked this way comes...

Ah crap.

Seems like the US Senate passed the Patriot Act Reauthorization earlier today (though you certainly wouldn’t know it by viewing the “Liberal Media” who has hardly reported on it at all…)

In the last few days, we have seen Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) oppose the bill (essentially on his own) as the compromises of the Sununu amendment were not adequate enough to protect civil liberties in his opinion.

If only the Democrats could have spoken as one voice and did what Feingold try to do on his own… maybe the vote wouldn’t have been so one-sided.

Daniel Akaka (D-HI),Tom Harkin (D-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Patty Murray (D-WA), Robert Byrd (D-WV) and James Jeffords (I-VT).

So… all in all, 10 Democrats and 1 Independent voted against the reauthorization while everyone else voted for it.

Ten Senators… yes, you read that right, 10… and only 10, joined Feingold in voting against the reauthorization.

In light of the current doubts about the NSA's activities, I don't see how we can trust the Bush(Whacked) administration to execute the Patriot Act with any good faith or credibility.

Along the NSA/domestic wiretapping lines, Senator Byrd offered a resolution calling for an independent commission to investigate the NSA's illegal domestic spying program.

I'm surprised that people aren't going ape-shit over this. This is the Reauth that creates ‘Special National Security events’ (whatever those are) and has the now-expanded Secret Service Uniformed Division to arrest people who commit “crimes against the United States”…whatever that happens to mean.

I am seriously worried about the future of our country…

1 comment:

Scott said...

It's par for the course with this administration and congress, wait until people are distracted with other things (katrina tapes, PortGate, etc.) and then pass legislation that in this case would continue and expand legally questionable activities under the guise of flag waiving.