When the public was watching, Senator Al Franken read the 4th Amendment aloud to Obama officials, in high rhetorical dudgeon against the Patriot Act. Everybody clapped.
When the public wasn’t watching, Senator Al Franken twice acted to support the Patriot Act and to keep warrantless surveillance, search and seizure of Americans’ communications and property — even when they aren’t involved in terrorism, and even though the 4th Amendment specifically says that the government cannot do that.
On Thursday, October 8, when the Senate Judiciary Committee meets to pass a bill that reauthorizes warrantless surveillance, search and seizure under the Patriot Act, what will Senator Al Franken do? Will Al Franken vote to curb Patriot Act abuses of power by supporting the provisions of S. 1686 (the JUSTICE Act)? Or will Al Franken continue to support the Patriot Act, despite his speechifying?
Call Senator Al Franken in DC (202-224-5641) or in Minnesota (651-221-1016) and encourage him to follow the path of action that matches the direction of his rhetoric.