Friday, July 22, 2005

Rep. Carter Votes To Make Permanent Provisions Of The Patriot Act

Lawmakers voted 257-171 Thursday to make permanent 14 of the Patriot Act's 16 sections that are scheduled to expire in December:
Section 215, in particular, has drawn fire from librarians and civil libertarians who say it could let the government snoop on ordinary citizens who aren't involved in terrorism investigations. About 390 local governments and states, a few dozen of them in Northern California, have adopted resolutions opposing the provision, along with other parts of the Patriot Act.

The vote came at the end of a long day in which the House of Representatives debated some 20 amendments and the bill itself. But the Republican-controlled Rules Committee barred votes on several other amendments, including one offered by Rep. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, which was identical to a provision the House had approved June 15 as part of a Justice Department spending bill.

The Sanders provision, which didn't become law, would have barred the FBI from spending money to look into readers' book-reading records at libraries, but would have given authorities access to Internet usage at libraries.

Sanders, referring to the earlier House vote, asked why the Rules Committee barred a vote on his amendment this time.

"This is an outrageous abuse of power and deprives a majority of members of the right to put into the bill what they want,'' Sanders said.
Here's the vote.

3 Comments:

At 7/23/2005 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me understand this, Build a fortress aound the US and be prepared for an attack, at at the same time, dilute the ability to track down these guys?

 
At 7/23/2005 9:43 AM, Blogger wcnews said...

I'll let Ben Franklin respond for me:

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

-Benajmin Franklin

 
At 7/25/2005 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. - Edmund Burke

 

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