Thursday, February 16, 2006

US Patriot Act headed for renewal in the Senate

The renewal of the US Patriot Act anti-terrorism law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate today and appears headed for renewal and approval in the House and Senate.

The Senate voted 96-3 to limit debate on the bil;, allowing the chamber to proceed to a final vote scheduled for March 1. Speaker Dennis Hastert said Feb. 10 that the House would pass the legislation after the Senate did.

Of course, our old friend Senator Russell Feingold (d-WI) tried to stall the legislation today with a filibuster. He was assisted by Klansman turned senator Robert Byrd (d-WV)and Jim Jeffords (I-VT)in the usual obstruction for obstruction's sake. Outrageous.

The Patriot Act merely made the same tools available to law enforcement for use against organized crime under the RICO statutes available to federal agents and law enforcement involved in investigating terrorists.

High time this essential legislation was renewed and these anti-terrorists weapons utilized to the fullest.

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