Patriot Act Hall of Fame / Shame
Posted on Mar 3, 2006
Truthdig says: Only nine Democrats and one Independent voted against the most sweeping abridgement of American freedoms in a generation.
Some of the heroes: Jim Jeffords, Russ Feingold, Robert Byrd…
Some of the villains: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama…
Follow the link below and read to the bottom of this AP story for the full list.
AP WASHINGTON - The Senate’s passage of the USA Patriot Act hands President Bush a victory in his troubled second term and allows the Republicans to polish their tough-on-terror image for the midterm elections.
The 89-10 vote on Thursday was months overdue and came only after a Democrat-led filibuster that attracted GOP support forced Bush to accept modest curbs on the government’s power to investigate suspects in terror probes.
The renewal includes some modest curbs on the original bill’s excesses. Still, it passed 89-10, which is surprising, considering (a) the uproar over Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping scandal; (b) his abysmally low approval ratings.