[funsec] U.S. Senate Blocks Patriot Act Renewal
fergdawg at netzero.net
Fri Dec 16 13:11:18 CST 2005
The U.S. Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the nations top anti-terror law as infringing too much on Americans privacy, dealing a major defeat to President Bush and Republican leaders.
In a crucial vote early Friday, the bills Senate supporters were not able to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a threatened filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47.
Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and GOP congressional leaders had lobbied fiercely to make most of the 16 expiring Patriot Act provisions permanent, and add new safeguards and expiration dates to the two most controversial parts: roving wiretaps and secret warrants for books, records and other items from businesses, hospitals and organizations such as libraries.
Also, the list of the 16 expiring Patriot Act provisions:
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