Senator Russ Feingold has posted his recent statement on the Patriot Act as a diary over at Kos. I will include an excerpt here and provide a link for the rest. I should also mention that with more and more of our regular posters beginning their holiday travel and/or preparations, updates on *this* site will be more sparse, and things like the comics roundup may be on hiatus for a while. If any of our readers would like to submit guest entries, as always, you are more than welcome to send them to howardempowered at gmail.com, and I will post them when I have the opportunity.
Today is a victory for the American people and the bipartisan group of Senators who have been fighting against efforts to extend the Patriot Act permanently without protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. I am pleased that the Republican leadership backed down from their irresponsible threat to let the Patriot Act expire and agreed to a 6-month extension of the provisions that would have sunset at the end of this year. This will allow more time to finally agree on a bill that protects our rights and freedoms while preserving important tools for fighting terrorism. Those of us who stood up to demand modest and reasonable protections of our liberties never wanted to stop Patriot Act reauthorization. We just want to get it right this time around.
The rest of Senator Feingold's statement can be found here.
Hope you all enjoy a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Festivus (or is that another time of year--I'm not cool enough to know this) and whatever else you might be celebrating.
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