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Senate Set the Stage for Patriot Act Renewal in 2009 As April Fools’ Hangover

The Senate’s act yesterday to reauthorize warrantless surveillance of Americans under the Patriot Act, without reform and without debate and without even a recorded vote, was enabled by another act nearly a year ago. On the day after April Fool’s Day, 2009, all 99 U.S. Senators agreed by unanimous consent to Senate Amendment 962. The [...]

Feingold acted Against Surveillance Reform before he stood For it

This week, Senator Russ Feingold issued a call for his colleagues to pass legislation to reform the warrantless surveillance, search and seizure provisions of the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act.

The week before last, Senator Russ Feingold added his voice to the unanimous consent of the Senate, adding the Hatch Amendment (Senate Amendment 962) [...]