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Bob Barr: Patriot Act Extension Affords Time for Review

Thursday, 22 December 2005 12:00 AM

Washington, D.C. -- "I want to commend the Senate for refusing to approve the conference report that would not have protected the privacy rights of ordinary Americans. By voting to apply a temporary six-month extension to the Patriot Act, the Senate has afforded lawmakers the opportunity to continue to review the law's most controversial provisions and to write a better bill that contains civil liberties protections.

"The Senate vote marks a landmark victory for civil liberties and demonstrates just how far we have come in the fight to restore constitutional checks and balances to the Patriot Act. Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances has joined with other American organizations from across the political spectrum and, along with a strong bipartisan group of lawmakers, we have been calling for essential reforms to the Patriot Act's controversial secret record search powers.

"The need for greater oversight and increased checks on these powers is more apparent now than ever, given recent revelations about the FBI's violations of the laws governing secret surveillance, followed by the startling revelation that the President has authorized intelligence investigators to spy on ordinary citizens without proper warrants. The Senate heeded these serious concerns with yesterday's vote, and I urge the House and the administration to support this modest compromise.

"To have passed the flawed House-approved conference report, as touted by the administration, or to let the Patriot Act expire, would have been to deny the will of the American people. I applaud the Senate for resisting pressure from the administration and instead holding firm to the fundamental freedoms guaranteed all citizens in the Bill of Rights.

"I would especially like to acknowledge Senators John Sununu (R-NH), Larry Craig (R-ID), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Harry Reid (D-NV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ken Salazar (D-CO) and others for leading the opposition to the conference report, and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) for brokering the six-month extension.

"I hope that the Congress uses the extension wisely to hold hearings and informed debate about the Patriot Act. Lawmakers must put partisan politics aside and cut through the rhetoric being used by the White House and Department of Justice to reach a true compromise. It is possible to have a Patriot Act that is both tough on terrorism and protective of civil liberties, and the Senate deal signifies that lawmakers have recognized this possibility. Now it is their job to make it a reality."

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