Senate Patriot Act Reauthorization Vote Scheduled For Friday?
Following up on yesterday's Bipartisan Coalition Seeks 3 Month Extension on Expiration of Patriot Act Provisions, today EPIC posted internal FBI documents obtained from a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ, detailing government use of controversial sections of the Patriot Act scheduled for reauthorization by year's end. EPIC's requests for further documents are pending, and may take several more months to fulfill.From EPIC: "The documents included internal e-mails (PDF) and memoranda (part 1 and part 2, both PDF) in which FBI officials expressed frustration that the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, an internal check on FBI authority, had not approved applications for Section 215 orders, the so-called "library records" provision. A 2004 memo (PDF) refers to "recent changes" allowing the FBI to "bypass" the Office of Intelligence and Policy Review."
ACLU press release today: "The American Civil Liberties Union today called on Senators to reject a compromise agreement on legislation to reauthorize the Patriot Act and urged that body to vote against a motion for cloture. Concerns about the lack of substantive reforms to the anti-terrorism law have come from an unusual set of allies, including former Republican Congressman Bob Barr, the American Conservative Union, librarians and other moderate organizations."
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the Patriot Act Conference Report, December 13, 2005: "I am proud to join this bipartisan, dedicated group of advocates in calling for a Patriot Act reauthorization package that makes reasonable changes to the Patriot Act to safeguard Americans' civil liberties. In other words, a bill like the one the Senate passed by unanimous consent in July."
AP: White House Pushes Back on Patriot Act
Senator Russ Feingold's informal transcript of this afternoon's Senate debate on the Patriot Act.