Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Cover over content

Senator Feingold has announced his intention to filibuster against the revised version of PATRIOT Act, stating that the changes "produced only a "fig leaf" to cover weaknesses that leave people vulnerable to government intrusion."

Senator Specter admitted that the PATRIOT revisions were purely "cosmetic," telling reporters "sometimes cosmetics will make a beauty out of a beast and provide enough cover
for senators to change their vote."

"The proposed changes to the reauthorization bill do not correct the secret record search powers and do not require that there be any individualized suspicion of wrongdoing by Americans before their financial, medical, library or other records can be searched." (From the ACLU press release)


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