|06:09 am - *wails* I don't think that word means what they think it means.|
Story by Jeff Bliss at bloomberg.net; released 3-8-06
Bush Logs Victory as Anti-Terror Patriot Act Passes Congress
With the 280-138 House vote, which followed the Senate's 89-10 approval on March 2, the legislation needs only Bush's signature to become law.
The Patriot Act "has made Americans safer, safeguarded our civil liberties, and upheld our constitutional values,'' House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, said in a written statement. "The Justice Department and other agencies have properly utilized the Patriot Act to detect, disrupt and dismantle terrorist cells,'' he said.
The legislation that extends the statute makes all but three of its provisions permanent.
Provisions allowing roving wiretaps,eavesdropping on "lone-wolf'' terrorists and FBI demands for business records will expire [[once again, *supposedly*]] in four years unless they are renewed again by Congress.
Read the story at Bloomberg.com
Take a minute to check out your Reps, too.
How did they vote? Too many in Congress abstained.
Do you agree with their representation of your interests?
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