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

2007: PATRIOT Acts: The New De Facto US Constitution

by AL MARTIN (1-22-07) Last week Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared before Senator Arlen Specter, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to testify about the domestic spying program, which has been stalled in its implementation because of squabbles regarding whos going to run it and whos going to have the oversight capacity. Initially the National Security Agency (NSA) was exposed by the New York Times in December 2005, as being authorized by Bush to monitor international phone calls and e-mails of citizens without first obtaining a court warrant from FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court. Referring to the right of habeas corpus which guarantees people the right of due process(being formally charged and a “fair” trial), Gonzales said,”There is no expressed grant of habeas corpus in the Constitution; theres a prohibition against taking it away.??? Specter then said, The Constitution says you cant take it away except in case […] Read More