2001: On Opposing the USA Patriot Act

Senator Russell Feingold Editors note: In an address given October 12, 2001, to the Associated Press Managing Editors Conference at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sen. Feingold (D-Wis) explained why he, alone among United States Senators, voted against the Administration-sponsored U.S.A. Patriot??? Act. The text below followed his introductory remarks. [T]his conference comes at a tragic time for our country. Let us first pause to remember, through one small story, how September 11th has irrevocably changed so many lives. In a letter to The Washington Post last Saturday, a man wrote that as he went jogging near the Pentagon, he came across the makeshift memorial built for those who lost their lives there. He slowed to a walk as he took in the sight before him the red, white and blue flowers covering the structure, and then, off to the side, a second, smaller memorial with a card. […] Read More